The race is on to qualify for the World Professional Finals…
Saturday’s Scottish Classic titles went to Durham’s Robert Douthwaite and Scotland’s Louise Hepburn in the Men’s and Ladies tournaments respectively. Douthwaite, who took out Scottish captain Alan Soutar 4-3 in the semi’s, won the final 5-2 over Perthshire’s Ross MacDougall. Hepburn, who was in top form all day, beat the current World Number 21, Julie Thompson 4-0 in their final.
With only the Scottish Classic taking place, this relatively quiet weekend is the calm before a further 16 ranked events take place across the globe before the World Professional cut-off date on the 30th September.
There are still some big points on offer with several category A+ and A competitions still due to take place in Vizcaya (Vizcaya International Open), Selsey (England Classic) and Bridlington (BDO British Classic and Open), plus category B-D events in Catalunya, Canada, USA, Australia, the West Midlands and New Zealand!
Lorraine Winstanley still heads the women’s rolling table with 430 points, just 8 points ahead of Deta Hedman, with Aileen de Graaf, Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Fallon Sherrock all within 50 points of first place. With only 13 automatic qualification places available into the World Professional finals, and only 33 points separating places 13-18 on the seasonal table, there is still all to play for in these final two months!
In the Men’s tables, with the multiple avenues for qualification, these final competitions could prove invaluable. Glen Durrant, Mark McGeeney, Scott Waites and Michael Unterbuchner are all set to return following their 2018 World Professional success, followed by 22 more from the Invitational table. A steady season from Tony O’Shea sees him look set to make a return to the big stage, sitting in 16th place on the seasonal table, but with only 50 points between 16th and 26th place, and several top quality players snapping at their heels, these last few competitions could see some significant changes within the top 30.
In the regional tables, the final competition in New Zealand should see either Greg Moss, Mark McGrath or Darren Herewini secure their place in the world finals. Brian Løkken heads the Baltic and Scandinavian table over Darius Labanauskus, Jim Windmayer is 22 points clear in the US table and Oliver Ferenc of Serbia looks set to make his debut as the Eastern European qualifier.
The current seasonal and rolling tables are available here – Rankings