LOCKHEART TOPS IN 2015 SOUTH BEND!
Wayne Lockheart, of Toledo, Ohio, won the 17th Annual Pool Checkers Festival in South Bend, Indiana, with an undefeated record of 5 wins and 7 draws on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Lockheart is known to most of us as the Tournament Director at the Nationals, but in this contest he showed that he has not forgotten how to play the game. He took home a $100 prize and a plaque.
Thomas Fletcher, who came all the way from Maryland, was second, only one point behind, and last year's champion, Fred D. Shurn, Chicago area, finished third, just one point behind Fletcher.
Larry Sealy, from Dayton, Ohio, topped the "B" division. There were only 11 entries this year, probably because of snowy weather, and the players agreed to play in two classes, 7 in "A" and 4 in "B," with the "B" group playing a double round robin of 4 games against each opponent.
Roger Blaine was the organizer and director, and Art and Linda Bell graciously invited the players to their home after the tournament for delicious food and more checkers.
DOMINATES 2015 BIG
Thomas Fletcher, who traveled 700 miles from Maryland for the weekend of checkers, rolled up a 9-1 score with 4 wins and 1 draw to win first prize of $50 and a plaque in the 10 x 10 or International Checkers tournament on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Art "Sonny" Bell, South Bend, was second with 7. Six competed. "Big Board" checkers takes a longer time than the small board, so there was only one game with each opponent.