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JASON STRICKLAND

WHILE CORNHOLE IS GENERALLY THOUGHT OF AS A BEANBAG TOSSING GAME PLAYED AT FAMILY GATHERINGS OR TAILGATE PARTIES, IT’S BECOMING MORE COMPETITIVE, MORE ORGANIZED, AND POTENTIALLY MORE LUCRATIVE. BY JOHN TRANCHINA PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS Most people think cornhole is just a fun beanbag tossing game played at family gatherings or possibly tailgate parties, but its popularity has been growing quite significantly over the past few years to where it’s become a competitive sport. Now, one can find cornhole games in Tulsa at least once a week, courtesy of a group called Tulsa Cornhole, and there are even organized national competitions that are occasionally shown on various television programs including ESPN. There are plenty of opportunities for Tulsans to have fun playing the game and meeting

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new people. And if someone has aspirations of competing on a state and national level, that path could be open as well. “It’s a very competitive sport now. It’s grown, and everybody can play it,” says Johnathon Shepherd, a local competitive cornhole player who has also participated in national championship tournaments. “That’s what the big draw is. It’s not a sport that takes a huge amount of skill, to be able to throw a bag. Now, it does take some skill to be very consistent at it, but it’s like any other sport — muscle memory comes into play, and you can draw everyone in. Any time we have a

family gathering, grandma is out there playing cornhole with us. Everyone can play, including kids, and everyone can have fun with it.” Tulsa Cornhole meets every Tuesday night from April to October outside at the FlyingTee in Jenks (on the Riverwalk next to Andolini’s), as well as holding a few other special tournaments on selected Saturdays. It’s usually $10 to enter, although the first Tuesday of every month, military veterans and first responders can play for half-price. During the winter months, the festivities move indoors, but the game remains the same. “In the wintertime last year, we went to the Tulsa VFW downtown, so we played inside there,” says Jason Strickland of Tulsa Cornhole. “This year, we have a couple of possible other options we could go to, or we may go back to

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