THIS WEEKEND saw no less than five BDO ranked events take place globally, with tournaments held in England, the USA, Australia and New Zealand! With just one more weekend to go before the cut-off date for the 2020 BDO World Professional Championships, there were valuable points on offer to see who would secure their place at the Indigo at the O2!
The BDO British Open and Classic, as previously reported, were both claimed by number one seed Lisa Ashton in the Ladies events, with top honours shared in the Men's by Dutch throwers Dennie Olde Kalter and Wesley Harms. The result will see Lisa Ashton enter the World Professional as the number one seed as will Wesley Harms, who leads the Men's table with one event left to go!
In the US, the Witch City Open saw Danny Baggish secure his second ranked event of the season, beating Canada's David Cameron in the final, with the USA's Jeff Roy and Canada's Jeff Smith both reaching the semi-final stages.
Heading the US regional table going into the event was Joe Chaney, who wowed us with his performances recently at the BDO World Trophy, followed closely by Leonard Gates. With Gates exiting at the last 32 stage and Chaney reaching the last 16, it's Chainsaw who tops the table 12 point clear of Gates.
The Ladies event saw Stacey Pace beat fellow countrywoman Marlise Kiel in the final, with Cali West and Carolyn Mars both edged out at the semi-final stages. Pace moves up the ladies rolling table to 30th place overall to be the highest ranked American.
Australia Darts hosted the CAT C BDO ranked North Queensland Classic, where the familiar face of Justin Thompson was back to winning ways, taking his first competition since the Geelong Classic in April with a win over Jeremy Fagg. 2019 BDO World Championship debutant Mal Cuming lost out in the semi-final stages alongside Brendan Saunders. The result sees Thompson just outside of automatic qualification, sat in 34th place overall, but could still make the O2 via the Australian rankings.
Lorraine Burn took the Ladies NQ Classic with a win over Pam Burr in the final. Rihani Snary and Cynthia McLennan were semi-final casualties. Although the result doesn't affect the main table qualifiers, the absence of multiple tournament winner Tori Kewish means she finishes the season just outside a qualification spot, currently in 15th place.
In New Zealand, their final event before the cut-off, the Auckland Open, saw Darren Herewini head the NZ regional table over Mark McGrath, who had a great run at the recent BDO World Trophy. Nothing short of winning the event would see McGrath leapfrog Herewini, as long as Herewini finished outside the last 16.
McGrath made it through to the final, only to be denied victory by Mark Cleaver. Semi-finalists were Tuhuna Irwin and Lou Tai, with Herewini knocked out in the quarter-final stages. Herewini picked up eight points to see him finish top of the NZ rolling table and take up a place at Indigo at the O2 in January!
The ladies event saw Lorene Earnshaw take her first points of the season in style, with a win over Judy Fenton in the final. Wendy Harper and former BDO World Professional qualifier Tina Osborne were defeated in the semi-final stages, which sees Harper in 36th, Osbourne in joint 43rd and Fenton just begin in 45th on the overall table.
Just two events remain on the calendar for next weekend - the CAT A Bruges Open and the CAT B Belfry Open. With so many points still on offer, and the points so tight on the Men's and Women's tables, there could still be some significant changes in this race for a BDO World Professional Championship qualification spot!