SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In his rookie season, Alfred Pace of South Plainfield continues to shine as 'Kid Wonder' on the cornhole circuit. This past weekend, the high school senior garnered the competitive singles title in the first American Cornhole League (ACL) Northeast Conference of the year.

Pace took part in the competitive division, a double elimination tournament, winning his first five matches at the Longplex Family and Sports Center in Tiverton, RI before falling 21-5 in the winners bracket final bout. He then went on to compete in the losers' bracket and won his matches to lead him to the championship. Pace would have a rematch with his sole blemish of the afternoon against Eddie Perry. Since the tournament was double elimination, Pace beat him twice, dominating both matches to garner the Competitive Singles title.

"This was a conference, so much bigger than the regional tournaments I have taken part in over the past few months, and "I didn’t go in expecting to win; of course, I wanted to, but I wasn’t expecting it," said Pace, a member of the South Plainfield-based Fairview Cornhole Organization (FCO). "I went for the experience and my goal was to get myself out there, do my best, and let others see who I am. Winning was 100-percent a welcomed surprise."

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Pace began practicing cornhole last summer, dusting off the boards in an effort to pass the time during quarantine. Since the beginning of 2021, he has logged four tournament wins: Intermediate Singles – ACL NJ Northern Regional #1 (Jan. 23 at Highline Arena in Aberdeen, NJ); Competitive Singles – ACL NJ Northern Regional #2 (Feb. 13 at Highline Arena in Aberdeen, NJ); Competition Doubles (with partner Jimmy Weaver of Edison) - ACL NJ Southern Regional #7 (March 6 in Brooklawn, NJ); and Competitive Singles – ACL Northeast Conference (April 10 in Rhode Island). 

"Alfred's rookie campaign in competitive cornhole has given him four tournament wins," said Joe Sorrentino, a South Plainfield resident who started the FCO earlier this year. “Every day, he consistently gets better, and it is truly amazing to see the growth week in and week out. The entire FCO organization is so proud of his accomplishments as well as the amazing person he is growing up to be.”

For Pace, the ultimate goal is go pro and make it to the main stage of ESPN while putting the FCO  on the map.' In the meantime, however, he will settle for a trip to this weekend's ACL Triple Crown Open in Kentucky. On the afternoon of April 12, Pace learned that a spot off the wait list had opened and, as a result, he and fellow FCO member Jay Jaiparshad, will head to Louisville later this week for the April 16-18 event. 

About the Fairview Cornhole Organization 

FCO began as a small group of six players and, in recent months, has grown to over 40 players from South Plainfield and the surrounding communities. Additionally, since February, the organization has been running a weekly league that meets on Tuesday evenings at the American Legion. Proceeds from the cornhole league, including membership, the sale of FCO T-shirts, and an outdoor cornhole tournament planned for May, will go directly to benefit American Legion to help keep its doors open. 

For more information about the Fairview Cornhole Organization, including how to join and the upcoming tournaments and leagues, email Fairviewcornhole@gmail.com. You can also follow Alfred Pace and the other members of the FCO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1277812039252613.

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