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The Greg Jacobs Newcomer Prize honours the memory of Greg, the late partner of Mark Hamilton, a member of this club. Greg was an avid Scrabble player who was scheduled to play in this tournament 2 years ago. Due to illness, Greg was unable to compete that weekend in his first tournament.
Greg played for several years at an informal Scrabble club. He was developing well as a player, according to his tournament coach, Craig Rowland. Greg also had a gift for the spoken word, so he was always a great source of entertainment at the informal club hosted by Geoff Gibson and Derick Hoffman. Every player was a potential target of Greg's sarcastic, acerbic wit - especially those defeated by Greg in a Scrabble match!
Good luck to all players this weekend and, most importantly, have fun!
Mark Hamilton wishes to express his appreciation for the guidance of Lisa Kessler, Craig Rowland and John Chew in the naming of this prize.