About Us

Whirlwind Bridge was founded by accomplished bridge players and teachers, Patty Tucker and Melissa Bernhardt, to provide easy-to-learn bridge instruction and strategy for players of all skill levels. Our proven learning materials and techniques will accelerate your understanding of the game, whether you are a newcomer or an advanced tournament player.

Our workbook, Cuebidding Controls was the recipient of the 2012 American Bridge Teacher Association’s Intermediate Book of the Year award. We also offer the popular Learn Bridge In A Day?® seminar, a fast, fun program to jump start the game for pre-beginners, as well as multi-level teaching materials for bridge instructors.

See the bridge classes that Patty and Melissa teach.

Patty Tucker

Patty has been playing bridge since age 11, teaching bridge full time since 1996 and is one of the top bridge teachers in Atlanta. She’s a:
– Grand Life Master 2016
– ACBL’s 2016 Honorary Member
– Georgia Bridge Hall of Fame Inductee
– ACBL’s 2011 Goodwill Member of the Year
– North American Open Pairs National Champion
– ACBL’s National Goodwill Committee
Patty is also a certified Master Teacher in American Bridge Teachers’ Association and certified by the ACBL as a Teacher and Director.

Melissa Bernhardt   

Melissa has been playing bridge for over 30 years. During this time she has also served as Managing Director of Woodbridge Group, a consulting firm that provides corporate education and strategic solutions for a variety of local and national clients.

She recently decided to combine her professional background with her enjoyment of bridge. Melissa is a member of the American Bridge Teachers Association and teaches groups of beginning and intermediate students in the Atlanta area.