California man Washington state cribbage champion

Ron Morgan of Loyalton, Calif. won top honors at the Washington State Open Cribbage Championship, staged in Sunnyside the weekend of April 8-10.

A total of 76 players from throughout the Pacific Northwest competed in the main championship tournament, staged on Saturday. Morgan defeated Spokane's Frank Hanson in the finals. Keith Blackman of Irrigon, Ore., the tournament's high qualifier, settled for third place honors. Jeanne Jelke of Pasco was the fourth place finisher.

The cribbage championship weekend opened on Friday with an Early Birds competition. Sunnyside's Bob Brumley bested the field in that event. Later Friday evening, Oregon's Mike McDaniel and Winona Johnson captured first place honors in the doubles tournament, and Larry Walton of Pasco came away with the title of the Hi Rollers championship.

In a separate Saturday night competition, Richland's Willie Evans won the top prize.

Sunday's consolation tournament, which drew a field of 56 players, was won by local cribbage club member Dan Fergus of Zillah. Playing in his first tournament ever, Fergus had to defeat several veteran players for the consolation championship, including Brumley, a designated master player, in the finals. Nancy Lorenz of Oregon and Jim Hornbacher of Pullman finished third and fourth, respectively, Sunday.

Despite finishing second in Sunday's consolation championships, Brumley was the weekend's all-events champion. That title was figured tallying the scores from the main tournaments staged on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

James and Cher Morrow of Sunnyside served as tournament directors of this year's state cribbage finals. The Sunnyside Fraternal Order of Eagles hosted the state championships.


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