North American Round Up – With Steve Brown

Our North American Round-Up for May, Don’t forget to grab your copy here:

Steve Brown

So, we’ll catch up on the recent action first. The main event of the last month was the Virginia Beach Classic. As usual, a sizeable crowd made their way to the East coast, including a healthy contingent from Canada. For once, though, we managed to keep our friends from north of the border from taking home most of the singles events!

In the BDO-ranked 501 Singles, the “old guard” of Darin Young and Larry Butler clashed in a thrilling all-American final, and it was Pennsylvanian Young who emerged triumphantly. However, it wasn’t too far from being an all-Canadian final, as Shawn Brenneman and Adam Stella
were the pair who fell just one round short.

Chattanooga’s Lisa Ayers hasn’t been too active this year due to health problems, but she made the trip worthwhile by beating out Stacey Pace for the women’s title. The familiar faces of Paula Murphy and Robin Curry were the beaten semi-finalists. Leonard Gates edged out Canada’s David Cameron for the Men’s Cricket Singles, with Joe Chaney and Robbie Phillips finishing in the top four.

StaceyPace must be getting tired of all the second place finishes she gets in the majors, and it happened again in the Cricket when she lost out to Cali West. Semi-finalists were NewYork’s
Sheaugh Costello (not a name I know, I must admit) and Canadian Cheryl Heffernan.

In addition to the regular singles events, the Tidewater Area DA also hosts a cricket “Pro Shoot” to start the weekend. Alex Reyes took the Men’s title from Robbie Phillips, while Paula Murphy sneaked past – you guessed it – Stacey Pace! I told you …

The other main activity was the White Mountain Shootout, held in the wilds of New Hampshire. This tournament also attracts a lot of Canadians, and this time, they swept the Men’s Singles. Jeff Smith won both, beating fellow countryman Adam Stella in the 501, and Lowell, MA’s, Steve St. Cyr in the Cricket. Carolyn Mars got the better of Cali West in the Women’s 501, while Stacey Pace went one better than in Virginia Beach, and left CaliWest with her second runner-up spot of the weekend.

Both Virginia Beach and WhiteMountain hosted WDF Singles for the youth singles. At the beach,Ayanna Suchak was victorious against Rylee Moran, while 2018 ADO National Champion Buster Graves won the boy’s title from P.J. Stewart.

At theWhite Mountain, Hayley Crowley moved into the top 10 of the WDF girl’s rankings by beating fellow Canadian Jaydan Rolfe, and not for the first time, Joey Lynaugh and Jacob Demers met in the boy’s final, with Joey getting the verdict. That puts the pair tied at joint 22nd in the WDF rankings!

This Friday (at the time of writing) brings the BDO-ranked Charlotte Open down in North Carolina, and the last weekend of the month is the Cleveland Extravaganza. As important as the tournament itself is, don’t forget that we have the National Finals for the Winmau World Masters, plus the National Youth Championships! So, there is plenty to play for all weekend long.

At the moment, the field for the Masters Nationals looks a little on the light side, but I am sure there are plenty of eligible players out there who will make a last minute decision. Just reverting back to WDF rankings for a moment, Tom Sawyer is the top American male in 41st place, with
Robbie Phillips next (66), and Joe Huffman (79). On the distaff side, Sandy Hudson is at number 16, with Paul Murphy at 30. Other Americans in the Top 100 are CaliWest (59), Lisa Ayers (68), Stacey Pace (72), and Robin Curry(88).

The current ADO rankings see Joe Chaney at the top of the list, ahead of Sawyer, Phillips, Butler, Young, Jacob Womack, Bruce Robbins, Danny Pace, Timmy Nicoll, and Jeff Roy.

The top 10 women are Stacey Pace, Marlise Kiel, Murphy, Curry, Debbie Ivey, Bette Cunningham, West, “Stitches” Preciado, Melissa Jalbert, and DaniWarmack.

Originally published in DartsWorld Magazine May 2019.