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Cornhole: Seniors prove it’s more than for tailgating and barbecues

By Carrie Miller

Event Coordinator

Davie Senior Services

When you think of cornhole, you might think of tailgate parties and backyard barbecues, but there is more.

Davie Senior Games hosts their annual cornhole tournament each year and the local gym is filled with competitors from all over the county. This year, Davie County Community Park’s gym was filled with 27 participants.

Cornhole is simple. The object is to throw the cornhole bag and make it into the hole, but there’s a catch – if your opponent also makes their throw into the hole, your score cancels. The winner of a cornhole game either has the most points after seven innings or is the first to reach 21 points.

To begin the game, the scorekeeper tosses a coin or picks a number for the players to choose their color, side, and who goes first. If there is only one game on a set of boards, the players will walk back and forth between the boards. If there are two games going on at one time on the set of boards, then the participants switch sides after each inning. To score the game, the scorekeeper waits until the end of the inning. If there are bags in front of the board or bags that bounced off the board, these are removed by the scorekeeper before play is continued. At the end of the inning, the scorekeeper will take the score. If your cornhole bag lands in the hole, then you receive three points. If your cornhole bag lands on the board, you receive one point, but remember, all scoring can cancel out. It is not uncommon to go 7 innings with a score of only two or three points – making this tournament all about the being the best competitor,

Women Winners

• First: Vanessa Carter (65-69), Peggy Evans (70-74), Lois Green (75-79), Alice Barnette (80-84), Sue Allen (85-89), and Nancy Tutterow (95-99).

• Second: Alice Monk (65-69), Roni Barney (70-74), Judy Phillips (75-79), Doris Hinsdale (80-84).

• Third: Pat Gregory (70-74), and Barbara Chapman (75-79).

Men Winners

• First: Robert Jackson (65-69), Wayne Randleman (70-74), Steve Evans (75-79), Mike Barnette (80-84), Bud Stroud (85-89).

Second: Lane Hall (65-69), Kim Newsom (70-74), Charles Mashburn (75-79), Gene Hinsdale (80-84), and George Kimberly (85-89).

• Third: Lester Key (70-74) and Johnnie Stallings (75-79).

Senior Services will have an August cornhole league.

Everyone age 50 and older is invited to participate in year-round Senior Games activities. Invite your friends, neighbors, and church members to bring more competition to our games and to keep Senior Games alive in Davie County.

Next year, Senior Services hopes to double the participation in all games and SilverArts. If interested in becoming a Davie County Senior Games Ambassador, promoting Senior Games, and recruiting new participants, your volunteer services are welcome. Call 336-753-6230 and ask for Carrie Miller.