Arkansas Youth Checkers Tournament
Saturday March 30, 2019
Witcherville, Prairie Township, Arkansas

The tournament will be in the Buckner Park community building.
Registration to start at 8:00 am, tournament to begin at 9:00 am. No entry fee to play. This is to encourage more players to participate. Tournament will be “Go As You Please”. This is an ACF sanctioned tournament. Players must be a paid ACF member to hold the State Title. ACF membership is $40.00 per year. Membership can be paid at time of registration. The Arkansas Youth winner must be a current Arkansas resident. You can play with a free ACF membership but will not be able to hold the State Title.

Buckner Park
18 Buckner Way
Huntington, Arkansas 72940

The player’s families are welcome to watch their children compete for the title of “Arkansas Youth Checkers Champion”. We do ask that all family members remain quiet during the tournament so the kids can concentrate on their games. Please let us know if you are planning to play in the tournament so we know how many to expect. This will help us to have the tables set up and ready to go before the tournament starts.

Contact: Quint Hodges 479-806-6321 or Johnny Barham 479-366-8240.

Buckner Park amenities: ˝ mile walking trail, baseball field, basketball court, picnic tables, horseshoe pit, covered pavilion with tables, play ground for small children, swings and plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy.



We had 3 players, all were from Arkansas. We played Go-As-You-Please, round robin with 3 rounds. Win was 2 points, draw was 1 point and the bye was 3 points. We had three new memberships, all three youth are ACF members. Carter Whiley is the Arkansas State Youth Champion. She won all of her games with a perfect score of 11 points.

Joe McDaniel donated $300.00 to the prize fund. Joe also donated official checkerboards with checkers. There was no entry fee to play. THANK YOU, Joe McDaniel.

Each player received a trophy, an official checkerboard with checkers and a cash prize. This was the first Arkansas Youth Tournament, and Carter Whiley is the first female to hold an Arkansas Checkers title. Way to go Carter.

We also arranged for Resident Press News to do an article on checkers during our Arkansas State Youth Checker Tournament.  You may read about it below. 

              Master Score Sheet          
  1st Arkansas Youth Tournament       Play:   GAYP         Date: 3/30/2019
Finish Name State Op. Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Total Points Cash
1 Carter Whiley AR 3 Bye=3 1T4=7 2T4=11             11 $138.00
2 Cosmo Whiley AR 2 1T4=4 Bye=7 3T0=7             7 $92.00
3 Chloe Whiley AR 1 2T0=0 3T0=0 Bye=3             3 $70.00

Local Youth Crowned Champion
Published: April 2, 2019 | 11:28am - Author, Tammy Moore Teague  |  Article Link:

November 27, 1910 George S. Watson won the first Arkansas checkers tournament. From then till now Arkansas has hosted several tournaments. Old men gather around and put their checkers playing skills to the test and compete for the title of State Champion.

The game of checkers has a long history in Arkansas, and is still making history today. Saturday March 30, 2019 the state’s first youth tournament was held at Witcherville, Arkansas. Local youth played for the title of Arkansas Youth Checkers Champion.

Not only was this the first youth tournament, the winner is the first female player to hold an Arkansas checkers title. To top it off, this young lady won every game she played and had a perfect score of 11 points.

Carter Whiley for a game well played. For her grand performance she received an official sized checkerboard with checkers, a trophy, $138 cash and holds the title of Arkansas Youth Checkers Champion.  

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