Carol Joy Cole

Carol Joy Cole is a Special Adviser to the USBGF. Ms. Cole is one of the world’s most respected and widely known tournament directors, having run the Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships — one of the most successful major events on the American Backgammon Tour – since 1982.  She has published the Flint Area BackgammoNews for 32 years,  started the Flint Area Backgammon Club in 1978 ( which still meets every Thursday),  is #44 on the 2009 Giants of Backgammon list and has won numerous backgammon tournaments over the years.  Ms. Cole’s most notable tournament achievement occurred at the 2009  American Backgammon Tour’s U.S. Open where she became the first woman to ever win that championship, and is now known as the First Lady of Backgammon.