David Hampton and Bill Marshall of Tulsa OK held onto their lead in the qualifying round to win the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs. They were nearly two-thirds of a board ahead of the runners-up from the Portland OR area, Don Lowry and Hal Montgomery.

It is the first NABC win for both, though Marshall has won several Mexican national events and played in the Bermuda Bowl for Mexico.

The pair practically coasted through the event with high scores in each session: 64.12% and 66.31% in Sunday’s qualifying sessions, and 59.68% and 58.78% in Monday’s final.

“We were really lucky,” Marshall said. “I did some bad things, and I thought David did, too. I didn’t think we would win.”

Their partnership has been occasional, but dates back 40 years.