His title to hole-d: Southampton native wins college cornhole national title

Matthew Stout, cornhole national champion

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. - He's the 'colonel' of cornhole, and his phone is still popping.

"I had a lot of respect and people pulling from me from Southampton," Matthew Stout admitte. "I haven’t even had a chance to text some people back yet."

Last weekend, Stout, a Southampton County native representing Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, won the national college cornhole championship.

Matt turns 21 years-old this week. He turned pro in cornhole as a freshman at Southampton High School. However, his obsession with the sport began in fifth grade.

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"I'd get off the school bus, set the boards up at the house and throw 500, 1000 bags a day," Stout recalled. "As long as it wasn’t reigning, I was going to throw something."

No rain Monday afternoon on the roof of our WTKR-TV studios - just Matt's reign as singles cornhole national champ.

“What’s your response to somebody questioning your ability and thinking it's "easy" to be a successful cornhole player?"

"Most of the time in a situation like that, I will probably just tell them we can just play and let our actions speak louder than our words," Stout said smiling as he sank a beanbag into the hole.

Matthew Stout and Wink play cornhole

Stout says the key to being a boss at bags is ... brains.

"It’s like a chess game," he explained. "Once you throw your first bag, I already know what I’m going to do with my fourth bag. It’s way more mental than people think."

So don't play Matthew Stout in cornhole - or in chess.