The 2019 Welsh Open Weekend is underway at Pontins Prestatyn Sands. The Red Dragon sponsored, main events kicked off earlier today. Over the weekend, Men’s, Ladies & Pairs events will be held. Almost 700 hundred entries have been taken for the men’s event, while 200 players will compete in the women’s singles. The Welsh Classic is underway today with several big names through to the last 32.
Richard Veenstra, Gary Welding and Gary Robson have won through their groups in relative comfort. Masters Champion Adam Smith-Neale is also through. Welsh veteran Martin Phillips got his weekend off to a winning start defeating David Fitzgerald and Chris Harrison. Dave Parletti also made the last 32 stages comfortably. Northern Ireland’s Francis Carragher & Welshman Dean Reynolds joined them. In a battle of Welsh stars, Nick Kenny was pipped 4-3 by Tim Jones.
Warrior, Wez Newton returned to form with three quick wins, dropping no more than a single leg in any game. Young David Evans is beginning to show his true ability at a higher level. After a battling win against Ryan Hogarth, in the last 256, he picked up his game. David reached the last 32 for the loss of only one more leg.
Among the legends entered this weekend is Tony O Shea. Silverback is also through the early stages of the Classic event. Former World Champion Scott Mitchell and Gary Robson also got their weekends off to a decent start.
Former PDC World Finalist Andy Hamilton looks to return to his best after a tough few months. Matt Padgett could be a player to watch, he has shown very good form in Open events recently and seems to be getting more and more used to BDO/WDF events.
One player not to be underestimated could be John Roberts. He is also through to the later stages and can be very effective on busy days.
The Welsh Open pairs Events, both Men’s and Ladies will kick off around 6pm this evening.
The Welsh Open itself will take place on Sunday the 12th May.