1978 3-Move Nationals in Murfreesboro, TN

The ACF 31st Nationals 3-Move Tournament held in Murfreesboro, TN on June 9 thru 15 with a smashing record entrants of a 168 players! This is the largest National Checker Tournament to date in both attendance and prize fund.  32 Masters, 79 Majors, and 52 Minors. Total funds raised $17,214.00 with over $8,000 prize fund payout. This was the heydays of Tennessee checkers under Tom Steagall. Clint Pickard drove out taking 4 others: Ray Brooks, Wade Holder, Charlie Miller, and Howard Amos.  They had their picture taken with Marion Tinsley.  Marion Tinsley won the Masters and making this his 6th US National Championship. He's tally of: 6W-0L-2D and Elbert Lowder took 2nd with a record of: 5W-1L (Tinsley) -2D.  Majors Champion was Les Balderson, and Minors Champion was Joe Schwartz. Checkers Challenger competed in Minors. Tom Steagall a wealthy farmer from the Murfreesboro area sponsored this tournament with the help of many other active Tennessee Checker Association members.

    MASTER DIVISION    
Rank

Country

 
Name Match
Points
Honor
Points
1 United States Marion Tinsley 28  
2 United States Elbert Lowder 24  
3 United States Hugh Burton 22 144
4 United States Don Lafferty 22 142
5 United States Jim Morrison 22 132
6 United States Everett Fuller 22 130
7 United States Karl Albrecht 20 130
8 United States Clem Crawford 20 128
9 United States Jerry Childers 18 150
10 United States H. L. Cravens 18 142
11 United States Lloyd Taylor 18 138
12 United States Paul Davis 18 130
13 United States John Caldwell 18 111
14 United States Ed King 18 110
15 United States Ed Bruch 18 105
16 United States Earl Ingram    
17 United States John Webster    
18 United States Vic Monteiro    
19 United States Ed Scheidt    
20 United States Joe Bassett    
21 United States Jerry Ingram    
22 United States Gibson    
23 United States Ezra Rolader    
24 Canada Earl Morrison    
25 United States Robert Butler    
26 United States Elzy Langdon    
27 United States K. D. Hanson    
28 United States R. E. Stinnett    
29 United States W. E. Allen    
30 United States Gilbert    
31 United States W. O."Wayne"Milhado    
32 United States W. E. Williams    

   

    MAJOR DIVISION  
Rank  

Country

 
Name  

Match
Points

 
1 United States Les Balderson  
2 United States Hoover Grant  
3 United States F. W. Leonard  
4 United States R. B. Bracey  
4 United States Belton W. Jones  
6 United States Luther Stubblefield  
7 United States Jim Guthrie  
8 United States Howard Owen  
9 United States Byron Lewis  
10 United States E.G. McQueen  
11 United States Leonard Bolden  
12 United States Anthony Bishop  
13 United States Dave Midler  
14 United States Walter Casteel  
15 United States Vernon Dowsey  
16 United States Kelly Donoho  
17 United States Phil Schwartzberg  
18 United States R. G. Baty  
19 United States Cleveland Nesbitt  
20 United States Emmett Bowersock  
21 United States Lindsay Wilkinson  
22 United States Albert Tucker  
23 United States Q. T. East  
24 United States Richard Hill  
25 United States James Seay  
26-35
alphabetical

 

 

United States E. Cullen,  V. Defenderfer,
T. Gabbard,  W. Lawless,
H. Looser,  C. MacMillian,
R. Munzinger,  A. Simpson,
A. Tucker,  L. Wilkinson,
 
36-53
alphabetical

 

 

United States R. Agee,  E. Cook,
R. Embree,  H. Kelley,
M. Long,  J. Manire,
E. McConnell,  C. Miller,
J. Morris,  J. Nelson,
J. Priest,  F. Ramsey,
D. Ready,  C. Reno
K. Steepe,   J. Swift,
V. Tarter,  E. Wallace
 
54-79 United States 26 Players Truncated  

    MINOR DIVISION  
Rank  

Country

 
Name  

Match
Points

 
1 United States Joe Schwartz  
2 United States Tim Laverty  
3 United States Borden Romine  
4 United States A. G. Cunningham  
5 United States Alton Estes  
6 United States B. T. Jones  
7 United States Ray Brooks  
8 United States Harry Curtis  
9 United States John Estes  
10 United States John Herberger  
11 United States Ed Schmaltz  
12 United States Johnny Ramia  
13 United States Lloyd Castello  
14 United States John Hickey  
14 United States Shelton Smith  
16 United States Arthur Hulvey  
17 United States R. H. Francis  
18 United States Mikler Lusk  
19 United States Lee Boozer  
19 United States Sid Misner  
20-31
alphabetical
United States E. Brooks,  J. Crownover,
H. Cunningham,  W. English,
C. Frizzell,   J. Jordan,  C. Moore,
C. Pickard,  V. Smith,  M. Stancil,
T. Steagall,  Checker Challenger
 
32-52 United States 21 Players Truncated:  

1978 - 31st (3-Move) National - ACFB #154

US National Champions