Meet The Founders of Girls Throw Too
Whitney Ingram, Founder & CEO, Maryland
“Some women wear stilettos. Some women throw air mails. I like to do both. There’s never just one right way.”
Whitney is a graduate of the College of Charleston, S.C., has a Master’s degree in education.
Whitney lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, Bobby, and their 3 young daughters. Bobby became an avid Cornhole player a few years ago. Whitney would help him practice outside at their home and she quickly became equally as addicted as he was to the sport. Now they play cornhole 7 days a week and are constantly trying to learn new strategies to improve their game.
After attending her first tournament, Whitney was shocked to realize how few resources are out there dedicated to female players from levels beginner to competitive. Everything she could find (blogs, articles, podcasts) seemed to be geared more toward advanced to pro level women, or men of any level. This is where the idea for Baggin’ Broads first emerged. Whitney was determined to create a unique and engaged community serving all women with a love for the game. Whitney hopes that by growing this business, more women will feel comfortable and eager to play, and female presence within the sport will soar!
Michelle Thompson, Founder, California
“When I am throwing bags I am directing my relentless ambition and drive towards something that deepens my connection and community, and I will always be fulfilled in that place.”
Michelle is an author, speaker, and food psychology expert with a Masters in Human Behavior and a soon to be completed PhD in Psychology. When Michelle is not in the backyard throwing bags she loves to appear on news segments, stages, and podcasts helping women ditch diets permanently and enjoy the pleasures of life in bodies they love
As a way to detach from being a boss mom and connect with her community she started throwing bags with her husband and friends and quickly fell in love with the game. You can now find her hanging out with her husband, 6-year old son, and 3 Pitbulls in the backyard playing cornhole on weekdays and looking for local tournaments on the weekends.
Meet The Girls Throw Too Team
Alexis Brenneman, Pennsylvania
Alexis was born and raised in south central Pennsylvania. She is a certified veterinary technician during the day and cornhole extraordinaire at night. She has been playing cornhole competitively for one year. Before that, she would play anytime she would go camping with the family. Her boyfriend, Levi, and her amazing cornhole group, the Six Five Slickers, got her obsessed with the sport. She really enjoys getting to know the game better and learn new things every time she steps up to the boards. As a woman playing against men 98% of the time, Alexis loves seeing the look on their faces when she lights up the board and they anticipate her not to. Alexis has gained a lot of respect from her fellow players, including the top woman throwers in her area. The best part of this game, anyone can play, and anyone can win. Keep throwing ladies, we all need you in this sport! Alexis is super excited to be apart of this team and have more women be empowered to play the game she knows they will love as much as she does!
“Cornhole…no balls needed.”
Amanda Lea Kowalski, Washington
Amanda is a southern raised stay at home mom of three girls, two step and one bio. Ranch and backwoods grown, Amanda developed a love for the outdoors at a very early age, and plans to start back into rodeo very soon.
She parted ways with her daugther (Jordynne’s) father after 11 years in 2018. 2018 is also the year she met the love of her life Cody, and his two daughters Carsyn and Cora. Cody became a Cornhole player as a hobby in 2019 and lured Amanda into the addiction. They play frequently in tournaments and play doubles as often as they can.
Amanda had to take some time off from the game to have double carpal tunnel surgery late 2020 and has since had to relearn how to throw! 2021 promises to be a good tournament year, and she looks forward to growing and learning in the sport!
“When the guys say I throw like a girl, I smile and say thank you. I let the scoreboard do my talking.”
Brooke Newvahner, Colorado
Brooke lives in Greeley, CO with her husband Don, and 2 kiddos – a 6 year old daughter and a 3.5 year old son. Brooke dove into the world of cornhole when she and her husband started their cornhole company, Colorado Cornhole Connection in 2015. They figured if they were going to be making boards and running tournaments, they needed to be better at the game that is their life. As the company began to grow, so did her love for the game, and more importantly the community that came with it.
Brooke is co-owner, lead graphic/web designer for CCC. On Tuesday nights, she can be found running their league (Rocky Mountain Cornhole). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, and having get togethers revolving around food, friends, and cornhole. Brooke is excited to work with Baggin Broads to continue to grow the sport and get more women involved!
“Cornhole is more than just bags and boards; it’s a community, a hobby and pastime, a passion; it’s life.”
Courtney Brazeal, Arkansas
Courtney is 32 and a stay at home mom of 5 kiddos (3 girls & 2 boys), 4 of which are bio and one bonus daughter! She goes to college full time and is getting her associates in criminal justice and will be starting her bachelors in sociology. She’s a southern girl born and raised and has always loved being competitive.
Courtney and her boyfriend began to play Cornhole together in May of 2020 and started playing around the house with friends and family, then in June of 2020 they went to their first tournament and have been addicted since.
She LOVES her weekly league 501 Cornhole! She plays every Thursday, sometimes on Tuesday and anytime there is a tournament on a weekend. It is hard to find time to play everyday with the kiddos but she’s excited to continue to learn new etricks and continue to grow in the sport!
“I love to be underestimated, it drives me to throw better and show them I can throw too.”
Hayley Jones, California
Hayley Jones lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Adam, and her 3 children, Ace(15) Aiden (11) and Aubrey (9). They also have a dog named Thor and a cat named Luna. She and her husband are the co-owners and founders of Quality 5 Handyman and Remodel Service.
Hayley enjoys doing family activities, such as going to the beach, hitting a Padres game, bbqing, and camping. She is extremely active in all of her children’s lives, but her personal hobbies include crafting of any kind, cooking, photography, and writing.
Hayley began to play corn hole with her husband after he had already been active in his local leagues for 2 years. The isolation that resulted from Covid, caused her to step outside of her comfort zone to seek the camaraderie and friendship that corn hole offered. Now she looks forward to playing twice a week, and she continues to practice daily in her backyard.
“Everything in moderation, except corn hole!”
McKell Littlefield, Wyoming
McKell lives in a small rural town of Kemmerer, Wyoming, (home of the first J.C. Penny’s Mother Store) with her husband, Nick, and little boy of 3 yrs old, she also has a step daughter 16 and step son that is 12. She loves to take every opportunity to spend time with her family and friends. McKell is a stay at home mom of her 3 year old son, she also the owner of her small business ML Minky out of her home, making custom minky blankets and seamstress.
McKell enjoys the outdoors when it is not freezing temperatures and Wyoming hurricane winds, she loves camping and taking every moment she can to travel, explore and have an adventure while making memories with her family.
She has always enjoyed playing cornhole just in backyards with friends, and up camping the last couple years, her husband crafted together a set of boards to enjoy camping and in their own time. Her husband recently started going to tournaments in their home town, and he encouraged McKell to start coming, she since has been to two tournaments, McKell really enjoys the fun even though she is a very novice player but She hopes to work on her cornhole technique and master her game while encouraging other women to enjoy this growing sport.
“One more practice throw, it will be better than the last.”
Nicole Pratt, Ohio
Nicole lives in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio with her boyfriend, Timmy Jonas, and their 2 dogs. Nicole used to be a gymnast for Strongsville High School, where she graduated from in 2015. She attended Cuyahoga Community College and currently works at the Cleveland Clinic as a work from home Authorization Representative.
They started playing in the Cleveland Cornhole League in late 2018. The first tournament they traveled to was the National College Cornhole Championship held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2018. Timmy made ESPN, placing 2nd, and cornhole has been part of their daily lives ever since. Nicole spends her evenings playing in cornhole leagues and attending blind draws. She also spends her time documenting and running Timmy’s social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. She is working on starting her cornhole photography portfolio as well.
You can find Nicole traveling all over the country to the ACL Pro Nationals to watch Timmy compete with the top pros. Nicole describes cornhole as a way to fulfill the competitive drive that she’s always had. As a women’s intermediate player, she hopes to help other women find their passion for the game like she found hers.
“Wine drinker with a cornhole problem.”
Sheila Roy, New Hampshire
One summer morning, she was visiting her little brother at the lake, about 40 minutes from her house, when they noticed the neighbors playing a game. They told us it was cornhole. What a funny name for a game, but it looked like fun. Since they had no other plans for the day, the siblings decided to build their first set of boards and picked up some corn filled bags. That made sense at the time.
The following weekend some friends were invited over to play and that was the beginning of cornhole fever. However, in New Hampshire, there is a limited outdoor playing season. They could throw outdoors from April to November and then have to pack them up until the following year. For the first few years, she would go to her brother’s house a couple times a month and a group of them would throw late into the night.
In order to throw year round, she was able to get connected with a couple leagues closer to her house. Like most people starting out, she was working on several aspects of the game. By now she had discovered a double sided Beer Belly bags and continued to work on her grip and stance; to step or not to step. Not knowing anyone there didn’t deter her from signing up for the blind draw. Though she could hear the sighs and comments when one of the good throwers realized they got a girl for a partner.
She had always had a competitive nature and was determined to improve. For the past few years she has now been playing with several local groups and won or placed in many tournaments. In July 2019, the American Cornhole League (ACL) hosted a National event at Mohegan Sun. By then, she was ready to step outside of her comfort zone yet again to compete against people from across the country. During that event, she competed in Women’s Doubles, Competitive Doubles (finished 5th). Though she was nervous hell, she signed up for the Advanced Blind Draw. She was partnered with an ACL Pro from Texas. She just hoped she wouldn’t let him down. After going 2 and 2, beating a couple all pro teams. She was more encouraged than ever to continue. Weeks later the Pro asked her to partner with him in the Mixed Doubles competition at the World Championship event.
The following ACL season, she attended the National events and continued to work on her game. In September 2020, she signed on as an ACL Pro for the 2020/2021 season and is using her platform to introduce more people to play with an ‘Intro to Cornhole’ event, which was supported by young players she refers to as ‘youth mentors. She also started a ‘Ladies Night’ event which has turned into a Ladies League which includes skill building drills such as playing on skinny boards.
She is an advocate for the game and encourages people of all ages to play.
Trisha Nawrocki, Northeastern Pennsylvania
Trisha lives in northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) with her 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter, who are her pride and joy.
Trisha, a.k.a. T Nuts, is a self-proclaimed semi-pro cornholer. She started her cornhole journey in the summer of 2018 and quickly became passionate about the sport. Her favorite part of the game is the ability to come back from 20-0, which really teaches you to never give up. You never know when the odds will turn in your favor. Although very competitive at heart, Trisha tries to keep the game lighthearted and encourages everyone to throw relaxed and to have fun. As her partner, you can throw every bag off the board, and she will be there to encourage you to keep going.
Trisha also loves to change the game up with opposite hand games, long shots, and of course trick shots. She co-starred in a few trick shot videos with another amazing female thrower, Dana Zaccheo. The videos were featured on CBS sports network and the American Cornhole League digital network when trick shots became popular during the great pandemic of 2020. These videos are still available for viewing on her TikTok page.
As part of the Girls Throw Too team, Trisha hopes to encourage girls of all ages to get out there and compete with the boys. There’s nothing holding you back.