Corn Stars | Go Here | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Information comes at a price.

This story is brought to you by Bend’s only locally owned newspaper, and crafted by journalists who live in this community, right alongside you.
We’re 100% local, and our coverage never comes with a paywall.

This story is the result of our hard work, and in normal times, the result of the support of the advertisers in Central Oregon.
In the age of COVID-19, however, that support has taken a hit—but that’s where you come in.

As you enjoy this story, we ask you kindly to consider supporting us at a time when local news is more important than ever.
Help us continue to bring you the stories of Central Oregonians affected by coronavirus, the stories of how our community is adapting, and the accounts of how our governments and local businesses are responding to the crisis.

Before you read on, we ask you to consider becoming a member of our Source Insider membership program at bendsource.com/insider

Information comes at a price, and now's a great time to pay it forward.
Support Us Here

Outside » Go Here

Corn Stars

The world of professional, competitive cornhole comes to Bend

by

comment

While cornhole might seem like a low-commitment game to drunkenly play on the lawn, for some, it's a way of life.

Renee Yocum moved to Bend from Lake Oswego with her husband Chris in 2018. Soon, they were playing cornhole daily at Avid Cider Co. "I enjoyed the game so much that I slowly got more and more involved," Yocum said. "Our friend Dustin Close had been toying with the idea of starting a professional league in Bend, but hadn't gotten it up and running." In 2019, Close and the Yocums organized High Desert Cornhole. Yocum, now the regional director of the American Cornhole League in Bend, detailed the many ins and outs of professional cornhole. 

From left, Chris and Renee Yocum and Dustin Close are all high on cornhole. - BEN BAKER PRODUCTIONS
  • Ben Baker Productions
  • From left, Chris and Renee Yocum and Dustin Close are all high on cornhole.

"There wasn't a space in Bend for those who wanted to get involved in professional cornhole. Players of all skill levels are welcome. It's an awesome sport, and we want to make it accessible to everyone."

How does one become a cornhole pro? "Points are earned by participating in tournaments," Yocum explained. "First you start out as a novice player, then you move on to the intermediate level. You'll learn the different shots, and how to use the sides of the bag, things like that. The next level is advanced, or professional." She explained that local tournament participants rack up between 10 and 20 points. More points are gained for regional tournaments.

Boss of the Bags Cornhole Tournament take places Saturday at Pickleball Zone. Teams of two pay $50 to participate, with the chance for the top three teams from each bracket to win cash payouts totaling $800. "Most people don't view cornhole as a sport," Yokum said. It absolutely is - it's competitive, but laidback. You can drink during tournaments, you'll meet a bunch of great people... it's an all-around good time."

Boss of the Bags Cornhole Tournament
Sat., Feb. 22, 1:30-8pm.
Pickleball Zone
63040 NE 18th St., Bend
https://cornholecentral.com/clubs/united-states/oregon/bend/pacnw/high-desert-cornhole/
$50/pair


Add a comment

More by Cayla Clark

  • The (Other) Unsung Heroes

    The (Other) Unsung Heroes

    A Bend grocery store employee weighs in on her personal experiences with the COVID-19 feeding frenzy
    • Mar 28, 2020
  • Creepy Crawly Critters

    Creepy Crawly Critters

    Kelsey Yates has dedicated her life to eradicating stigmas and protecting Oregon wildlife
    • Mar 25, 2020
  • The Bartenders' Blight

    The Bartenders' Blight

    As restaurants statewide are limited to delivery and take-out only, servers and bartenders experience mass layoffs
    • Mar 18, 2020
  • More »