Cornhole championship combines party and competition

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June 15, 2014 AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- The South Carolina state cornhole championships were in Aiken on Saturday.

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Most see cornhole as a party game, tossing bean bags into a hole. Surely, that can't be too taxing on the body. It's fair to say, there's a party-type atmosphere to it. However, the players this weekend were are also throwing for some pretty high stakes.

There was a consensus about one thing with the group. Nobody knows how the game got started. Many were willing to guess.

"People got tired of horseshoes?" cornhole board maker, V Vordai said.

"It started at a football game that would be my guess. Probably at Clemson University," the father-son duo of Rick and Dalton Rhymer said.

That's probably the number one guess in the South. Football had something to do with it. Let's face it. Tailgates and cornhole go together-- like beanbags through a board.

However, this weekend, it wasn't all fun and games. This was the South Carolina state championship with the nerves to boot.

"Most of the guys that I've ever played with will congratulate you and shake your hand. If they get beat you beat 'em, but it's really tense though. I was nervous, really nervous," Jonah Gonce said.

Gonce won the singles title on Saturday morning. It's the product of a lot of hard work. And really, a lot of cornhole practice.

"Seven days a week. Really. To be good, the guys that are at the top play hours a day," V Vordai said.

Some spend hours practicing. Others spend the hours enjoying. Either way, the fun outweighs the final score.

"How many teams are in it? Eight or nine teams. We might make it to eight. We might be eighth," the Rhymers said jokingly.

Hey, a tailgating game can't always be about the results.

The singles and doubles winners of the weekend earn a spot in the Cornhole World Championships next month in West Virginia, where they'll compete against the top 100 players in the game.



 
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