Hudson -- A long-time bridge player continues to rack up wins as an elusive goal gets closer to her already crowded collection of trophies.

Gladys Martin, 77, of Hudson, took a few bridge lessons years ago because her husband, Tom, played in college.

Now the mother of three is working toward earning the ranking of Diamond Life Master, which means she will have earned 5,000 master points.

According to Martin's daughter, Heidi Srinivasan, the 5,000 master point level would put her mom in the top 1.6 percent of all American Contract Bridge League members.

Martin, who never thought she would get close to the diamond ranking, recently won the 2015 Ann McGilvrey Award, which is given to the person who demonstrates ethical behavior and good sportsmanship in the district which includes Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown, Erie, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Buffalo, New York.

"It was truly an honor," Martin said. "I was shocked and stunned."

Martin, who is a regular at the Thursday 10:30 a.m. bridge games at Barlow Community Center, also has won two awards this year.

"Two awards I won this year are the Holland Award, awarded to the player receiving the most master points at the Akron sectionals," Martin said. "And the Hugh Weinberg Award, awarded to the player receiving the most master points at Akron club games."

Martin never thought she would win both awards, she said.

And after 40 years, her love of the game continues.

"I like to play it as social game," Martin said of bridge. "I'm very competitive but I'm always willing to play with people above my level and below my level. It doesn't matter who I play with as long as I think it's the good sportsmanship of the game."


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