The BDO Welsh Open and Classic is on this weekend 10th-12th May. With some of the best on the BDO circuit in attendance, it promises to be a great event.
Notable players entered in the Classic (on Friday) from the mens rankings are Andy Hamilton, Adam Smith Neale, Tony O’Shea, Scott Mitchell, Scott Waites, Martin Wolfie Adams, Jim Williams Martin Phillip’s, Gary Robson and Dean Winstanley. Not all the regular Dutch and Belgium players have entered the Classic and but will be in the A ranked Welsh Open on Sunday, these include Martin Kleermaker, Wesley Harms, Gino Vos, Richard Veenstra, Chris Landman and Willem Mandigers to name a few. Then they are all entered into the Welsh Open on Sunday joined by Ross Montgomery and Martin Adams.
From Northern Ireland there are quite a few travelling across the water to Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park, North Wales. The numbers are up in entries from NI. We have Ballymena league throwers Darnell Mccrory , Ashley Rainey and David Martin
They are joined by Coleraine and Ballymoney throwers Stephen Pinkerton, Ricky Dunlop, Alan Boyd, Jason Lockhart and brothers Aaron & William Mckendry. Tommy Rimmer is also in the draw for both days along with Paul Brown looking to go deep in the competitions.
Neil Duff from Area 2, a former BDO World qualifier is making the trip and is in the draw for Welsh Open along with Micky Campbell and Dee Mccready.
The stand out tie in the matches is Area One thrower William McKendry versus Richard Veenstra. That will be some game. William ‘Bugsy’ McKendry has been steady with his averages all year and will put up a good fight against the Dutch man.
Onto the ladies and we have Deta Hedman back to defend her title that she won last year against Anatasia Dobromyslova.
The field of players in the ladies is very strong with nearly all of the top ten ranked ladies in action including Lisa Ashton, Lorraine Winstanley, Maria Obrien, Beau Greaves, Trina Gulliver, Paula Jacklin, Corrine Hamond, Deta Hedman, Fallon Sherrock, Anatasia Dobromyslova and BDO World Champion Mikuru Suzuki!
They will be joined by ladies from NI including Grace Crane, Denise Cassidy, Jennifer Mullan, Anna Madigan, Fiona Roberts, Tammy Jo Grafton, Kelly Devlin, Lauren Conn and Julie Hunter.
Standout ties in the ladies Welsh Open are:
Jennifer Mullan vs Fiona Roberts
Casey Gallagher vs Lauren Conn
Lorraine Winstanley vs Katherine Dolman (IRE)
The prize fund is broken down as follows:
Last 16: £100
Last 32: £50
Last 16: £40
Last 32: £20
Last 16: £250
Last 32: £120
Last 64: £60
Last 16: £80
Last 32: £50
Last 64: £25
Northern Ireland Darts wishes everyone the very best of luck this weekend and most of all go out and enjoy your darts.
Keep them straight!