MADISON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A Madison County man is a world champion in a game most people play in the backyard or at a tailgate party.

Kaleb Hurt picked up his first cornhole bags seven years ago. This year, he competed for the first time as a pro in the American Cornhole Organization.

The 20-year-old is ranked fourth in the world as a singles player, and won the world championship in the coed doubles competition last month.

Hurt says a lot of people scoff at cornhole as a professional sport.

“If you want to play in your backyard, it's fun and all. But when I tell them about the professional level, they kind of don't believe and just joke around,” said the champion.

The game runs in the Hurt family:  Kaleb's father and brother are also ranked players.