BDO Invitation System - Announcement
Amendment to British Darts Organisation Invitational Rankings System Criteria
After concerns raised by some BDO members national governing bodies and players of the BRITISH DARTS ORGANISATION on the non-awarding of points under rule 3.03 (d) of the British Darts Organisation Invitational Rankings System Rules & Conditions document 2016-17.
Their concerns were mainly based on the fact that they found it unfair that players who had qualified for the Lakeside World Professional Championship 2017 through the Invitational tables then lost their first match were not awarded any points but players that qualified from the play-offs were. They believed that they had won far more matches on their road to Lakeside than any qualifier did.
The above concerns were discussed at a BDO Board Meeting last weekend. It was decided to amend the Invitational Rankings System rules to award points to all players who had qualified through the Invitational Rankings criteria and through the Finder Invitational Rankings criteria. Wildcards invites would still have to win a match before being awarded points at the Finder Masters and BDO World Trophy.
The following events will all have their awarded points amended, Lakeside World Professional Championship, Winmau World Masters, BDO World Trophy & Finder Masters.
This ruling will be reviewed before the new Invitational Rankings System rules criteria 2017-18 is published to all member national governing bodies in August and published on the BDO website so all players and officials can review the new document prior to it coming into effect on the 1st October 2017. We hope this will satisfy the concerns that have been raised by the Players and national governing bodies.
24th Winmau Scottish Open
The 24th Winmau Scottish Open Darts Championship kicked off on the Friday night with the traditional warm up competition, the Open Triples. One hundred and ten teams lined up to compete for the £150 first prize and at the end of the night the Missing Darnell defeated Fluffy Toy Boys in the final.
Missing Darnell were Lynn Cowan, Neil Duff and Noel Yates and the Fluffy Toy Boys were Debra Waugh, Ryan Joyce and Joe Gaffney.
Semi-finalists were McDinos (Julie Thompson, Kev McDine and Mick Dixon) and CWR (Casey Gallagher, Wesley Harms and Richard Veenstra).
Lincolnshire Darts Claim Double Historic Firsts
Lincolnshire darts made darting history twice in one week. Firstly, the Lincolnshire Open 2017, to be held at the Blues Club Gainsborough on Sunday 11th June, will be the first County Open ever to receive EDO ranking points and BDO invitational points for BOTH Men's AND Ladies' Open Singles. Also on offer will be the usual Winmau World Masters place together with a World Pro Play-off place.
With over £3,000 in prize-monies, the Lincolnshire Open has become one of the most popular opens in the Country with over 200 entries most years. Entry fees for this year's event are £12 for Ladies and £15 for Men. Lincolnshire Darts look forward to seeing everyone there.
Lincolnshire's second piece of history was made when their youngest ever signing, Leighton Bennett, became the youngest ever male to grace the BICC County stage when he played in the Premier Division match between Lincolnshire and Devon aged just 11 years and 1 month.
Although Leighton lost this first match for his County, he showed moments of pure magic and will get the opportunity to try again in the next County match against Nottinghamshire on 4th March at the Blues Club, Gainsborough. Leighton has a great attitude towards the game and with superleague averages as high as 28+ this young man surely has a bright future and one to look out for when he takes advantage of the Lincolnshire sponsorship scheme.
Lincolnshire are proud of the ground breaking achievements they have made over the past couple of years and are demonstrating a total committment to the future of BDO and EDO Darts through their support of young players.
Scottish Open 2017
Thursday 16th February - Press Release from the Scottish Darts Association
The Mens and Ladies Singles draws are now available at the SDA website:
There is also an A to Z list of board times available ... ... Read the full Press Release here
Exclusive Offer for World Para Athletics Championships 2017
The BDO have been supplied with details of a ticketing offer for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships. Please read the invitation linked below for more information on the offer and how to apply for tickets.
Romanian Darts Festival 2017 - Communication from the Organisers
Romanian Darts Festival 2017 a success. Conclusions of the second edition of one of the most important events of its kind in Europe
Bucharest, February 1st 2017 – The second edition of the Romanian Darts Festival came to an end after three days dedicated to the sport with arrows, where about 400 players have competed their forces at Hotel Intercontinental, in the struggle for prizes worth more than 15,000 euros.
Interesting to note is that all four Romanian Darts Festival finals were won by players with different nationalities as follows: RIDO (BDO Mens invitation table B, Ladies invitation table C) trophies were won by Dutchman Silko Visser (men) and Polish player Karolina Podgorska (ladies), while at RCDO(BDO Mens invitation table C, Ladies invitation table D), last acts revealed as winners Belgian player Andy Baetens (men) and England player Maria O'Brien (ladies).
Hoping that you were excited about the sensational atmosphere created during this wonderful weekend at Romanian Darts Festival, we wish to thank all participants and we are waiting for you all, next year.
Isle of Man and British International Darts to be Broadcast Live
Wednesday 1st February - Press Release from the England Darts Organisation
Front Runner, the UK's only free-to-air sports channel has today confirmed a broadcasting deal with the England Darts Organisation to broadcast live their next two darting events, the 32nd running of Pokerstars Isle of Man Festival of Darts 11th, 12th March, 2017 and the 38th Annual British Internationals Championships held at The Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford between 24th-26th March, 2017.
Tommy Thompson Chairman of the EDO "We are delighted to have signed this deal with Front Runner and to get live television exposure for two of our Flagship events and more so on a dedicated free to air sports channel is really exciting for all us, and we know the players and supporters of BDO darts will be thrilled with this fabulous news.”
Scottish Open 2017
Tuesday 31st January - Press Release from the Scottish Darts Association
The closing date for the Scottish Open at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, is fast approaching. All Open Singles entries must be in by Saturday 11th February with the opening competition taking place on Friday 17th February. This will take the traditional form of a Mixed Triples and anyone wishing to enter can still do so up till 7.00pm on the Friday evening.
Saturday’s singles will once again be held in two sessions, morning and afternoon, while the doubles can be entered during the day on Saturday, but organisers warn that if you don’t enter early enough you may miss out as the top limit is reached.
Romanian Classic and International Open 2017
Tuesday 31st January - The drawsheets, complete with results, from the events played in Romania on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January can be seen by following the links below:
Dutch Open 2017
Monday 30th January - the draws for the Dutch Open on 3rd-5th February 2017 have been published by the organisers. Follow the links below:
Gwynedd Open 2017
Monday 30th January - The 2017 Gwynedd Open was played yesterday at the Wellmans Sports & Social Club in Llangefni, Wales. This popular event was won by Mick Haynes (pictured left), beating Derek Williams (Clwyd) in a closely fought best-of-9 leg final, eventually won by 5 legs to 4.
Complete results for this event are available by following the link below.
Finder Darts Masters - Press Release
Egmond aan Zee; Friday 27th January 2017"The promoter of the Finder Darts Masters decided to add two new international tournaments to the Finder Darts Masters 2017 rankings.
Both, the Belgian Darts Bond and the Swiss Darts Association namely changed the format of their international tournaments. Both have decided to organize two WDF and BDO ranked single tournaments in one weekend.
The Swiss Open scheduled on the 10th of June was already included in the Finder Darts Masters ranking, added is the Helvetia Open, the new BDO and WDF ranked tournament played on Sunday, June 11th.
The other added tournament is the Winmau Belgium Masters on Sunday, August 6th. The Winmau Belgium Open taking place on Saturday, August 5th was already included in the ranking
This brings the number of tournaments in the Finder Darts Masters 2017 rankings at 18."
For more information please visit the Finder Darts Masters website.
Thursday 26th January 2017 - It is regrettable that owing to contractual issues the British Darts Organisation has to announce today the removal of the following two events from the 2017 BDO Calendar.
(1) BDO Shownights European Open;
(2) BDO Shownights European Classic.
These events were scheduled to be held on the weekend of July 28th – 30th 2017. We apologise to our members if the removal of these tournaments from the calendar causes any inconvenience.
Glen Durrant Wins BDO Lakeside World Professional Championship
World number one Glen Durrant won the 40th staging of the BDO World Championship with a 7-3 victory over Dutch debutant, Danny Noppert,, on a memorable night of action at the Lakeside Country Club on Sunday evening.
Durrant had dominated the BDO circuit throughout 2016 and was under massive pressure to deliver this week after his previous World Championship heartbreak at the Lakeside. However, 'Duzza' held his nerve magnificently in Sunday's final to clinch his maiden world title and the £100,000 winner's cheque.
The 46-year-old Teessider averaged 93.48, landed thirteen maximums and posted 87 ton-plus scores to crown the greatest night of his darting life. Noppert battled valiantly and performed magnificently on his Lakeside debut, but he was convincingly beaten despite averaging 93.30 and also landing thirteen maximums.
The final began in blistering fashion, with Durrant registering seven perfect darts in the very first leg. The top seed then endured double-trouble but eventually pegged D1 with his eighth attempt at double to draw first blood.
'Duzza' extended his lead on D2 before Noppert opened his account with a 16-dart hold. The Dutchman registered his first maximum as he attempted to pressure the Teessider, but Durrant held firm to clinch the opening set with a 13-dart hold culminating on D3. Read the full match report here.
Lisa Ashton Wins Title for 3rd Time
Lisa Ashton was crowned women's world champion for a third time after recording a comprehensive straight sets victory over eighth seed Corrine Hammond in Saturday's final. Hammond battled valiantly, but Ashton was always in control and recorded an impressive 3-0 victory with an 81.81 average.
'The Lancashire Rose' stormed to the first set without reply. She began by nailing a 51 kill with her first dart at double, before extending her lead after following her first maximum with a clinical 14-darter. The second seed endured some double-trouble as she attempted to close out the set, but she eventually pegged D1 to wrap up the opener. Read the full match report here.
Press Release - BDO & Sportotal Commercial Partnership
Sportotal has today announced it has signed a multi-year deal with the British Darts Organisation to become their exclusive commercial advisor and representative.
Having exclusively acted for The BDO in the appointment of Channel 4 as the broadcast partner for the 2017 and 2018 BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships, Sportotal and the BDO have now entered a multi-year partnership to devise and implement a long term commercial strategy for the BDO at every level and sphere of activity.
Sportotal’s global remit includes the management of all other commercial partnerships, the creation and implementation of a strategic commercial strategy across audio-visual, sponsorship, licensing, digital media, data, and all other commercial activities.
Stephen Holland, Co-Founder and Director of Sportotal said: “Having previously represented elements of the BDO’s business, we are delighted that, for the first time, we will act across all their commercial interests. This will give us the opportunity to oversee the structure of the event schedule best equipped to deliver the optimum commercial programme over a number of years.”
Sue Williams, Chairperson of the BDO said: “For some time, we have been looking for the right partner to advise us across our entire commercial portfolio in a cohesive way. We have been impressed with the results Sportotal have achieved for us in the past and their approach for the future. We are looking forward to working with them to grow our fan base, commercial programme and number of partners of stature, to drive the BDO forward.”