Cherokee North Carolina ACO Worlds IX Qualifier

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American Cornhole is partnering with the Cherokee Reservation in Cherokee, NC to run an ACO Golden Ticket Qualifier on Saturday June 21, 2014 in which competitors will have the opportunity to win Golden Tickets to participate in the 2014 ACO World Championships of Cornhole IX taking place in Charleston, WV July 15-19, 2014.

Cherokee is hoping  their first ACO Cornhole Qualifer is a success so this can be developed  into an annual event. t


FRIDAY NIGHT – JUNE 20, 2014 – 5:00PM to 11:00PM

  • Open Courts for Cornhole Play – FREE PLAY for public
  • Optional pay as you play Luck of the Draw – open to public and non members
  • Optional pay as you play Game Challenges – open to public and non members 

SATURDAY – JUNE 21, 2014 – 11:00AM to 8:00PM

  • FREE entry fee for participants
  • Single Game Double Elimination
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 32 teams (registration is first come basis)
  • Winning team wins (2) ACO Golden Tickets to participate in the ACO World Championships of Cornhole IX – July 15-19, 2014 Charleston, WV


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ACO Cornhole Season IX is Underway: Cody Henderson is the MAN TO BEAT!

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Cornhole chatter at the ACO Major in Charleston, WV.

Cornhole chatter at the ACO Major in Charleston, WV.

     The first ACO Major of the year is in the books! Thanks to all of the great players and people from nine states around the country who came out and made the ACO West Virginia Cornhole Cup (Major I) a great success.

     Friday’s festivities were rocking right from the beginning as players made their way into the beautiful venue at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, WV. The energy and weather was great as many friends greeted each other for the first time since the ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII.  The music and pitchin’ began quickly, and 26 Luck of the Draw tournaments later, players still couldn’t get enough. The crowd pleasing moment of the evening came when ACO King of Cornhole VI, Eric Zocklein, stepped up to the 8-Bag Airmail Challenge with 4 minutes left on the clock and proceeded to drain all 8 bags for a perfect score of 36! Not bad, King…

As feared, Saturday started off rainy, but players made the best of the delay by congregating at the host hotel, Best Western, to try on their new ACO Jerseys, play mini Cornhole, and share war stories. Once the clouds parted, it shaped up to be a great evening of competition.

When the Singles tourney got underway, anticipation ran high as every player hoped to advance from 1st Round Mini-Bracket into the final bracket. There were some hearts broken along the way, but at the end, there were many new faces who joined the top players to fill out the final field of 60 players.

Two long time top players rose to the top of the bracket to face off in the Singles finals. KOC V Runner-Up, Gary Lewis, mowed through the field with an onslaught of Airmails, while 3-time ACO Major Runner-Up Cody Henderson did much of the same, but it took one last beautiful Airmail for Cody to eek out a win over his Doubles partner, Adam Hissner, in an earlier round.

At the end of the hard battle, Cody Henderson was no longer a runner-up: He became an ACO Major Champion! Great job, Cody! A special call-out goes to some great ACO players who have paid their dues and taken their games to the next level with Top Ten finishes for the first time: Nate Butler, Josh Lunsford, Bob Vonch, and Frank Modlin.

The Doubles tourney got off too a late start, but teams were pumped and ready to go. Once again, 1st Round Mini-Bracket play was fierce as teams fought to be included in the final bracket.

     After amazing play by many teams in the final bracket, the team of Keith Blair and Eric Zocklein surged to the final match to face off against none other than CodyHenderson and Adam Hissner. When the dust settled, Cody Henderson’s day ended as it should have: A champion in Singles and Doubles.  It could have easily been his Doubles partner, Adam Hissner, who pulled off the feat, but this was Cody’s day.

Appalachian Power Park in Charleston,WV

Appalachian Power Park in Charleston,WV

     Great job Cody and Adam. Wow, if you guys keep this up, we’re going to see many more Doubles Championships for the two of you and many more great battles between you for Singles titles!

     Thanks again to Charleston WV CVB, Appalachian Power Park and  everyone who came out. We’ll see you at the next ACO Major in South Carolina on November 1st and 2nd , 2013.

     Be sure to visit the event photo album on our facebook page.

“King of Cornhole, baby! I got my ticket!”

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Chad Avery wants to be world champion. He wants to be the King. He now has the opportunity to do it. Avery may have finished runner-up at the River City Cornhole Championships, but he left feeling like he won the event.

“King of Cornhole, baby! I got my ticket!”

Because Steve Hayes had already earned a Golden Ticket to the King of Cornhole at the ACO World Championships, Avery was awarded the Golden Ticket as top finisher who had not won a Golden Ticket.

“It feels amazing,” said Avery shortly after he won a Golden Ticket. “This is above and beyond my expectations for myself. I’ve been fighting my nerves all day long and I’ve hung in there.”

Avery did more than hang in there. He beat Steve Hayes enroute to going undefeated in HolePlay.

“He’s a tough one. That’s for sure,” said Hayes. “I think you’ll see him on the circuit before long.”

Avery got knocked out in the winner’s bracket by Hayes, but fought through the loser’s bracket to face Hayes for the fourth time in the finals. The bags didn’t fall in Avery’s favor and Hayes won the match.

“Steve’s a great guy,” said Avery. “ACO has put on a great tournament here at the Metro. I’m a winner whether I win or lose on the books.”

Steve Hayes Wins River City Championship

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Steve Hayes wasn’t in the shallow end of the pool. HolePlay was a bit more difficult for the ACO Pro. He had to face two of the final three semifinalists in round robin HolePlay. His only losses in HolePlay were to Chad Avery, who went undefeated in HolePlay.

“He got me 2-0 in pool play,” said Hayes about Avery. “He’s a good pitcher. Very good.”

Hayes’ path to victory didn’t get any easier in the double elimination Bracket Challenge. Hayes defeated Illinois’ Bobby Johnson, then had to face Chad Avery in the second round. Hayes avenged himself and sent Avery to the loser’s bracket. His resurgence carried him to the championship finals, where he met Avery for the fourth time.

Avery had battled through the loser’s bracket to face Hayes in the championship. He had to beat Hayes twice to secure the championship title.

Hayes took the early two point lead and never let Avery take full control of the match. Hayes would go up by two, then Avery would tie the game the following frame. At times Hayes left open the door for Avery to take the lead, but the bags didn’t fall where Avery needed them to fall.

Two shots stood out in the match. The first shot happened halfway through the match. Hayes and Avery had exchanged cornholes. Then, Hayes threw a blocker, but it didn’t stop Avery from pushing Hayes’ bag aside for another cornhole. Hayes had to nail a two bagger to keep Avery from taking the lead, but his bag on the board was closer to the star logo emblem than the hole. Hayes pitched his bag stick-side down. The bag landed directly flat on top of the existing bag and sent both bags sliding into the hole. It was more like a ride than a push. It allowed Hayes to maintain match momentum.

The second shot was the final shot of the match. Avery had two bags leaning into the hole. An airmail would give him a three bagger and keep him in the match. The pitch and trajectory were perfect. The bag landed directly in the center of the hole, but the result wasn’t what Avery needed. Avery put two hands on his knees in disbelief and looked at the three red bags stuffed in the hole like a blooming onion.

“I pulled it out,” said Hayes, “but it was tough.”

Steve Hayes is a ACO-Pro. He had already earned his Golden Ticket into the King of Cornhole at the ACO World Championships because every ACO Pro earned a Golden Ticket from the ACO Reloaded season. So the Golden Ticket went to the next person who hadn’t won a Golden Ticket… Chad Avery. Now, there is a chance these men will cross paths at the ACO World Championships.

“I think you’ll see him on the circuit before long,” said Hayes about Avery. “I may run into him again. He’s a tough one, for sure.”