Sagamore family

Silvana Morici 

Owner Director & Instructor

Although she concurrently owns a few other businesses, the Sagamore Game Club is her passion!

After devoting 15 years to the restaurant and catering business, she reinvented herself and successfully became one of the largest distributors of craft paper back in 2002 with her company, Serendipity Paper.  Disliking the travel required to keep up with the craft industry, she retired to grow her family and learned to play bridge with some friends.  Since then, Bridge has become her life.

Currently, as a TAP certified bridge teacher, an ACBL credited director and a member of the American Bridge Teachers Association, Silvana teaches all the beginner courses at the club.  

She has been recognized by the ACBL as having one of the TOP 10 CLUBS in the United States and is nationally recognized as a Top-recruiter of new bridge players. 

She developed the Play-it-forward program to help bridge the gap between bridge professionals and students and is active on the board of the Nassau-Suffolk Bridge Association as well as the Board of Governors for the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).  

In 2016, She was honored with the NSBA lifetime achievement recognition, The Gordon Duffy Award, for her dedication to growing bridge on Long Island and in 2013, the ACBL awarded her the Volunteer of the Year award for her dedication and active participation in helping the league branch Bridge into a national marathon, The Longest Day, to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.  ​

She plays and teaches Canasta and MahJongg, too!  Currently, she is trying to grow the Cansata and MahJongg community on Long Island and wants to make the Sagamore the place to go to play all table-top games.

Outside of the club, Silvana, together with her husband Rich Morici, devotes her time to raising their collective seven children, playing the piano, attending to her other businesses and is an active philanthropist.

David Korenstein 

Partnership Desk

Robert Frick 

Director/Instructor

David and Irma  Korenstein become directors in 1974 and opened 110 Bridge Club in 1979.  The 110 Bridge club was active, popular and prosperous for 30 years.  Their club was known for their special hot lunches and friendly games.  110 Bridge club was an active participant in the ACBL charitable program and donated more to charity than any club in the area through triple point games.  A tradition she brought to the Sagamore Bridge Club, and it continues today.

 

At the Sagamore Bridge Club, David has taken over the partnership desk.  He guarantees that all the single players get paired properly and his refined skills have made many wonderful full-time partnerships.  He keeps the heartbeat of the club going everyday and his warm, welcoming attitude makes playing bridge at our club such a pleasure.

Alan Kudisch 

Director/Instructor

Bob Frick loves directing. He participates in a mailing list about bridge laws and has some small influence on the the international level.  His articles about bridge have been published and he has written many computer programs that have shaped the way most of Long Island's bridge clubs utilize their websites to communicate results and information to their players.  

As one of our directors, Bob enjoys visiting a table to make a ruling, and he recognizes the importance of players understanding the ruling and -- most importantly -- enjoying bridge.  He is a much better player than his 1000 masterpoints suggest (he may be a genius).  We believe the game is so easy for him, that it may be too boring to play.  Will we get him to play one day?  Stay tuned...

In a past life he earned a PhD in psychology and was a Professor at Stony Brook University.  

Joan Asheroff 

Director/Instructor

Alan starting playing bridge in High School.  He joined the bridge and chess club only to find that there was nobody to play chess with, but the girls were playing bridge.  Needless to say, he joined in.  He became a life master in the 1970's.  In 1983, at the summer nationals in New Orleans, playing with a team that had never played together before, he won his first national event...the Master Mixed Teams.  He stopped playing competitively shortly thereafter, continuing the practice of law and raising his family.  He returned to bridge after an almost thirty year absense in 2011 and joined our family as a director and instructor.  He directs and teaches the individual instructional game for intermediate players on Wednesday night and is currently writing a book on bridge that should be ready for publication by the end of the year.

Drew Tarhan 

Director/Instructor

Joan, a graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Education and a Masters in Admin/Education from C.W. Post University, has worn many hats. She has been a public and private school teacher, a private school principal, an ACBL bridge teacher to adults and young teens and a bridge director. Each of her hats have a common thread, education.

Besides directing several duplicate bridge games each week (she has directed on cruise ships, too) she continues to work privately with both groups and individuals. At the present time, she teaches a bridge course at an a ssisted living facility in Suffolk. She just recently completed teaching a 16-week after school program in Huntington to 18 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.

As a Gold Life Master and proud tournament winner, she has accumulated over 4,000 masterpoints and continues to be an accomplished and respected bridge player.

Bridge has played a very important and dynamic part in her life. She says she is always happy when she can help others develop a love for this wonderful and challenging game.

Drew is modest and although she hasn't submitted her story, I will tell you what I know about her.

Drew is a patient, caring, and knowledgable director.  She directs our teaching Newplicate game on Saturday mornings and our Shelter Rock Game on Tuesday Evenings.  She is an avid lover of the game of bridge and her and her husband, Yalcin, are an important part of the Sagamore family, often rushing in to play with singles or as a pair to fill half tables. What they do for us cannot be measured and is so appreciated!

Her engineering background brings many interesting things to her game.  She is a quick thinker, abstract and creative in her play, aggressive in bidding and has the most incredible penmanship (it had to be mentioned).  Outside of the Sagamore, she donates her time to run a game at our local senior center and she is a competitive sailor.  

Lucy Shostak 

Director

Prior to bridge, for 33 years, Lucy was a physical education teacher.  In 1991, she was awarded the Elementary Teacher of the Year award presented by the New York State American Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Association. Today, an accomplished Silver Life Master, she is a ACBL certified director and accredited teacher of bridge. She has directed bridge for over 40 years and is a Winner of the Channel 21 Trophy Game 1977.

Holly Roseman 

Director/Instructor

One of our newest directors to our New-plicate games.  She has been a bridge mentor at the Sagamore since the inception of the Individual game and an invaluable asset to bridge on Long Island.  She is a well-respected player at the table where she often partners with her co-director, Eileen Isser.

Eileen Isser 

Director/Instructor

Matt Gordon  

Asst. Director/Instructor

Descending from a family of well-respected players, Matt was taught the game of bridge at a very young age, and soon became an avid, talented player.  As one of Long Island's youngest players, we believe he has a promising future in the bridge world.  Recently, his love of the game has spilled over into a desire to teach bridge to his friends, and now, to our Novice players at the Sagamore.  

One of our newest directors to our New-plicate games.  She has been a bridge mentor at the Sagamore since the inception of the Individual game and an invaluable asset to bridge on Long Island.  She is a well-respected player at the table where she often partners with her co-director, Holly Roseman.

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