02 January 2014

Meet The Players - BDO Qualifiers 7-12

Please come and meet another six BDO qualifiers, including a former World Champion.

Paul Jennings

Age: 37
Best Lakeside: ¼ Final 2012, 2013
Bookies odds: 40/1
Nickname: Jenno
Walk on Music: Mr Brightside
Bio: Jenno’s third appearance at Lakeside and he has been one of the “great entertainers” on the Lakeside stage over the past 2 years. He is the current Polish Open title holder and was also runner up at the England Masters this year.

Christian Kist

Age: 27
Best Lakeside: Champion 2012
Bookies odds: 20/1
Nickname: Lipstick
Walk on Music: Thunderstruck
Bio: The Lipstick left the Lakeside thunderstruck in 2012 after becoming only the third ever qualifier to lift the famous trophy. A tough season followed his Lakeside triumph but 2013 has seen him reach 2 quarter finals on the circuit in Germany and Belgium.

Ron Meulenkamp

Age: 25
Best Lakeside: Last 32 2012
Bookies odds:
Nickname: The Bomb
Walk on Music:
Bio: A really consistent season on the BDO circuit for Ron has earned him a place amongst the strong Dutch “squad” of players making the trip to Lakeside. A finalist at the Finnish Open and Romanian Open as well as semi final spots at the Hungarian Open and Malta Open has underpinned a year on the tour Ron must be delighted with.

Alan Norris

Age: 41
Best Lakeside: ¼ Final 2012
Bookies odds: 66/1
Nickname: Chuck
Walk on Music: Lose My Mind
Bio: 6th year in succession for Lakeside favourite Alan “Chuck” Norris. He is the man who nearly gave Lakeside one piece of drama it has been seeking for a while now, a 9 darter. Chuck missed the double 12 in 2012. A couple of quarter final spots were the best results in a quiet year on the tour by Chuck’s high standards, but have, nevertheless, been enough for another spot on the Lakeside stage.

Benito van de Pas

Age: 20
Best Lakeside: Last 32 2012, 2013
Bookies odds: 100/1
Nickname: Big Ben
Walk on Music:
Bio: Despite still being just 20 Benito is back for his third visit to Lakeside . A semi finalist at the Mariflex and the Polish Open this year and 3 ¼ final spots in Antwerp, the Catalonian Open and the Zuiderduin Masters means Benito can approach Lakeside with confidence. Two first round exits in his previous visits but perhaps this year is the time for Big Ben to strike.

Garry Thompson

Age: 48
Best Lakeside:¼ Final 2010, 2011
Bookies odds: 66/1
Nickname: The Recliner
Walk on Music: Glory Glory Garry Thompson
Bio: Garry is the current British Open Champion and finished the season strongly with 1/4 final slots at the Tops of Ghent and the Czech Open. The man with his own tribute walk on song is seeking glory at his 6th attempt at Lakeside.

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