Florence Brofman of Beachwood was the grand-prize winner at the inaugural Cleveland Jewish News Cleveland Classic Mahj Tournament, which attracted 83 participants on July 10 at Embassy Suites in Beachwood. She won $500 of the $2,000 in total prize packages.
The 87-year-old Brofman, one of the oldest players at the event, got off to a slow start in the morning rounds. “I didn’t do very well in the morning but seemed to pick up some luck in the afternoon. It’s better to be lucky than good, but there’s some strategy to playing,” she said.
“I’ve been playing probably off and on for about 55 to 60 years, “ Bronfman said. “It was a lot of fun. What was very gratifying to me was to see people in their 40s and 50s playing.”
Brofman also had high praise for mahj coordinator Lois Klein, who worked with the CJN on technical aspects of the event.
“It was very well-organized. The friends I went with all enjoyed it,” Brofman said.
Winning tournaments is nothing new for Brofman. She also won the first Beachwood mahj tournament five years ago.
FROM NEAR AND FAR: While most of the players were from the Greater Cleveland area, some came from as far as Columbus and Chicago. Laurie Davis made the trip from the Windy City, while Shelby Rhyne, Alice Sadaka, Judi Swanson and Jody Zitsman traveled up from central Ohio.
WEST SIDE STORY: Olmsted Falls resident Holly Neumann, a member of Beth Israel-The West Temple, enjoys playing mahj but has had difficulty finding enough Jewish people on the West Side who play, so she has been teaching the game. She attended the CJN tournament and brought Caren Dean and her daughter Susan Dean, also Olmsted Falls residents, and other West Side playing partners.
MORE TO COME: Zach Marcus, of the CJN Events Division, said for a first tournament, the event was a resounding success. “We look forward to providing more unique mahj events in the future. We heard so many positive things.”
Florence Brofman, 400 points; Molly Fainer, 365; Judi Swanson, 325; Vicki Teitelbaum, 310; Sue Bauer, 305; Debbie Weiss, 300; Ellen Saltz, 290; Frani Robertson, 270; Stacy Edelstein, 265.
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