ALL eyes will be on the Bridlington Spa this weekend as players vie to win the coveted BDO British Open and the Winmau British Classic.
2017 British Open Champions Ross Montgomery and Corrine Hammond have made the journey back to Bridlington to defend their titles, however Classic champions Jamie Hughes and Aileen de Graaf are absent from this year’s proceedings.
The tournaments also represent the final two opportunities for players to score some much-needed ranking points in their quest to gain qualification for the World Championships in January. Glen Durrant, Mark McGeeney, Michael Unterbuchner and Scott Waites have already qualified due to their 2018 performances. A further 22 top-ranked players and nine players from the regional tables will also guarantee themselves a spot after this weekend. Similarly, 2018 Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton and Runner-Up Anastasia Dobromyslova both receive automatic qualification, as will next 11 other women from the top of the ranking table.
Wesley Newton, Nick Kenny, Richie Edwards, Andy Hamilton, James Hurrell and Andy Baetens are all within 30 points of guaranteed qualification in the men’s seasonal table, whilst Danielle Ashton, Anca Zijlstra and Laura Turner need to put in strong performances this weekend if they hope to move up into a qualification spot. Australian Tori Kewish, although 46 points adrift of 13th place, has a good chance of adding to her points tally as she has yet to fill up all her boxes. There’s plenty to play for this weekend!