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Brunswick hosts USA Cornhole Virginia State Championships

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Left, Men’s doubles winners Mike Lucas Jr., left, and Mike Dinges celebrate their victory in the USA Cornhole Virginia State Championships. The pair punched a ticket to the national championships to be held Oct. 13-18 in Rock Hill, S.C. Right, Tiffany Fincham, left, and Tammy Williams were unbeatable on their way to winning the women’s doubles championships Saturday. / September 30, 2020

Cornhole continues to fly high in the local area as the Gary and Jan Edwards Farm hosted the USA Cornhole Virginia State Championships this past Saturday in Brunswick County.

Denny Mallon, USA Cornhole area director, was pleased with the turnout. “We’ve got players from all over the state here today and the competition will be fierce."

Holden Sykes, regional director for the American Cornhole League who assisted with the event said, “I am so excited to co-host this event. This is a big deal.”

Players of all skill levels and ages hailing from all over Virginia converged on southern Brunswick to participate in the event.

In addition to cash prizes and bragging rights, a trip to the USA Cornhole National Championships was on the line for these players. Winners at the national championships will make up the first-ever USA Cornhole National Team. The national event, to be held Oct. 15-18, will be televised nationally on NBCSN. Players who earn a spot on the USA National Team will represent USA Cornhole on the rapidly growing international cornhole scene. The ultimate goal of USA Cornhole is to see the sport accepted as an Olympic event.

On Saturday the doors opened at 10 a.m. on the Edwards Farm on Matthews Chapel Road just off of Christanna Highway in Brunswick County. Registration opened immediately for the men’s and women’s doubles competition. Most of these players are not your average backyard players and the level of competition would prove to be intense among these pros.

The men’s doubles competition boiled down to Mike Lucas Jr. and Mike Dinges, who came into the final undefeated, against Michael Robinson and David Powell Jr., who were also undefeated in the double elimination affair. Both teams needed to win twice to take the championships. The team of Lucas and Dinges were on fire and won game one in a tough, tightly contested match.

The Lucas/Dinges victory in the first game put the Robinson/Powell team in a tough spot — needing to win back-to-back games against a team that was effectively “in the zone.” Cornhole games played at this level of competition are not so much won by being perfect, as they are lost by making the tiniest of mistakes. That turned out to be the case Saturday as the Robinson/Powell team seemed to lose their focus and left enough room for Lucas/Dinges to capitalize. Lucas and Dinges took the win in game two and won the championship. Third place in men’s doubles went to the team of Mike Harvey and James Washington.

On the women’s side, the smaller six-team field meant that the finals were reached relatively quickly. Tiffany Fincham and Tammy Williams of Winchester took the victory and the coveted spot at nationals.

Tiffany Fincham and her husband Jaime Fincham prevailed in the co-ed class, defeating ACL pro Matt Morton and Melissa Lofton in the final.

The winner for the singles men was Lucas who defeated Caleb Avery in the final. Harvey finished third.

The singles women’s title went to Bailey Moran who downed Sara Davis in the final.

The juniors title (under 17) was taken by Brendan Holloway. Caleb Holloway finished second and Kaeden Moore rounded out the top three.

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