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Eric Ryder

Professional Cornhole Player

Eric Ryder

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ACL Pro for Carolina Conference

Eric Ryder's Biography

I am ACL Pro Eric Ryder from the Carolina Conference and this is my story of how and when I started playing cornhole and worked my way up to an ACL Pro. Back in 2009 I was invited to a friends house for a cookout. He had some cornhole boards made and pulled them out and explained the game to me. I had never heard of cornhole prior to that day. We played all afternoon and I was hooked. I bought my first set of 2x4/plywood Red Sox boards with corn bags and started playing in the neighborhood with neighbors. Soon heard about a tournament that Trey and I would play in and get our butts handed to us. We met some good players and learned about throwing a flat bag and resin bags and how there were tournaments every week in the area. It was at that point I knew this was a game I would be playing for a very long time.

Cornhole Achievements:

  • 2016-2017 ACL Top 10 Season Singles finish
  • 2017 ACL Championships of Bags Top 20 finish
  • 2017 Norfolk ACL National Top 5 finish
  • 2017 Las Vegas ACL National Top 5 finish
  • 2017 Las Vegas ACL National 2nd place finish in doubles
  • 2018 ACL pro invitational Coney Island NY 2nd place
  • 2018 ACL Championships top 20 finish out of 600
  • 2019 Carolina Conference #1 Doubles Champions
  • Numerous 1st place ACL finishes at both a local and regional level, in both Singles and Doubles.
  • Many 1st place finishes at local non ACL events.
  • Having been diagnosed with Esophagus cancer January 2019 this past season as a pro was difficult. My game suffered badly and by far my worse season but i keep battling and keep playing.


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My Most Memorable Moment

I have had many but as a cornhole player my most memorable moments would be playing on ESPN and having the opportunity to be interviewed on various news outlets and radio.

About Me

  • Nickname

    The Reaper

  • Pro Partner

    Dusty Thompson

  • Preferred Bags

    Gladiator Empire Pro VIII, Gladiator Dagger Pro VIII and Gladiator Predator Pro v2

  • Favorite Color

    Orange (Go Tigers!!)

  • Favorite Hobby

    Working out!!

  • Favorite Food

    Pizza, Steak and Japanese

  • Occupation

    Gladiator Cornhole Gear founder, QA Manager Wells Fargo

  • Hometown

    Lake Wylie, SC

  • Favorite Player

    I respect and admire the talents of many and there are certain players I like to watch.

  • Favorite Shot

    The curve bag, bully bag and long push bag.

  • Mentor

    Dusty Thompson; what most people do not know is that Dusty was one of the first people I saw play at the elite level and back when i first started he was the best in the area.

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