Kiwanis commences cornhole competition

Inaugural tossing tourney tempts 60 teams

Glenn Wallace
gwallace@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/19/21

Four bean bags, a board with a hole in it and some folks willing to give it a toss — that’s all that’s needed for a game of cornhole. And on Aug. 14, more than 120 folks gathered on Buchanan …

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Kiwanis commences cornhole competition

Inaugural tossing tourney tempts 60 teams

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Four bean bags, a board with a hole in it and some folks willing to give it a toss — that’s all that’s needed for a game of cornhole. And on Aug. 14, more than 120 folks gathered on Buchanan field to do just that at the inaugural “Toss for a Cause” Blue Spruce Kiwanis Cornhole Tournament.

Sixty teams of two, playing in a double elimination bracket, competed in the new event.

Dale Tolan, the treasurer for Blue Spruce Kiwanis and the tournament referee, started the day by directing each team to the correct set of cornhole headboards to begin the tournament. Tolan said he likes to play the game but would be solely the referee for the day.

Going over the tourney bracket with him, some names stand out, like Hitting Holes and Crushing Souls, Children of the Cornholes and Two Corny Chicks.

“This one stands out for me,” said Tolan, gesturing to This One’s for Mike. “This guy’s partner Mike passed away suddenly after they had signed up. He got a new partner, and they’re playing on.”

Kristy Tolan, Dale’s wife, is also the Blue Spruce Kiwanis president. She said during the COVID-19 pandemic, a small group of their friends would occasionally gather outside to play the game.

“I started thinking about a small friendly tournament, and it grew,” she said, gesturing to the crowd of players across the field.

The local Kiwanis group used to run the annual chili cook-off as one of its major fundraiser of the year. That event has become a specific fundraiser for area fire departments though, leaving the local Kiwanis club in search of a new event that could raise money for the many children’s organizations and programs that have long been assisted by the club.

Among those organizations is the Boy Scouts, including Troop 888, which is chartered through Blue Spruce and also helped set up the tournament grounds for the day.

The number of signed-up teams meant some locals were conscripted to bring their own cornhole boards down to the field. Among those who answered the call was John Thompson of Evergreen. His partner was Tom Carby.

“We get paired up with my wife first round!” said Thompson.

Kristy Tolan said she was pleased with the turnout and community support of the brand new event.

“And the money we raise goes to kids and kids organizations in Evergreen.”

The winners of the tourney, Craig Sammon and Mike Moore from Greeley won $800 for coming out on top.

The duo said they’ve played competitively before, and heard about the Evergreen tournament through a friend of a friend.

“It’s awesome up here,” said Sammon, “ the people, the venue...”

“Wonderful atmosphere,” said Moore.

Second place was awarded $350. The third place team won $250.

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