The British Darts Organisation is pleased to announce that 58 players from 16 countries have accepted their invitations to compete at the 2019 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships ahead of this Thursday’s draw.
The two men that gave us all a true “Lakeside Classic” in the 2018 final top the BDO invitational rankings table, with ‘Gladiator’ Mark McGeeney at No.1, ahead of the double-defending BDO World Champion, ‘Duzza’ Glen Durrant. Following an impressive season on the circuit, former World Cup Singles champion ‘the Quiff’ Jim Williams is in third place on the seeding list, with twice Lakeside semi finalist ‘Sparky’ Wesley Harms seeded fourth.
The 16 seeds for the men’s competition include two former BDO World Champions, ‘Scotty Dog’ Scott Mitchell and ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ Scott Waites. Last year’s surprise semi finalist, ‘T-Rex’ Michael Unterbuchner returns seeded 5, with familiar faces ‘Big Robbo’ Gary Robson, ‘the Boss’ Ross Montgomery and Welsh legend Martin Phillips also amongst the seeds. Having recently won both British Classic and British Open titles, ‘Flyers’ Richard Veenstra is seeded 8, while Dave Parletti qualifies as the highest ranked debutant, seeded 11.
1 – Mark McGeeney (Eng)
2 – Glen Durrant (Eng)
3 – Jim Williams (Wal)
4 – Wesley Harms (Ned)
5 – Michael Unterbuchner (Ger)
6 – Scott Mitchell (Eng)
7 – Gary Robson (Eng)
8 – Richard Veenstra (Ned)
9 – Scott Waites (Eng)
10 – Chris Landman (Ned)
11 – Dave Parletti (Eng)
12 – Wayne Warren (Wal)
13 – Willem Mandigers (Ned)
14 – Daniel Day (Eng)
15 – Ross Montgomery (Sco)
16 – Martin Phillips (Wal)
Eight more players (ranked 17-24) will be drawn directly into the first round. They include recent England Classic champion ‘the Village Man’ Kyle McKinstry, debuts for Belgium’s Jeffrey van Egdom and Wales’ Mark Layton, plus the return of a real fans favourite, the 3-time Lakeside finalist ‘Silverback’ Tony O’Shea.
17 – Kyle McKinstry (Nir)
18 – Scott Baker (Eng)
19 – Derk Telnekes (Ned)
20 – Tony O’Shea (Eng)
21 – Conan Whitehead (Eng)
22 – Dean Reynolds (Wal)
23 – Jeffrey van Egdom (Bel)
24 – Mark Layton (Wal)
A further 16 players will compete in the Preliminary Round. They include the players BDO ranked 25-27, the newly crowned Winmau World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale, plus the four qualifiers who have won through the BDO world championship playoffs in Bridlington. Former Premier League stars Andy Hamilton and Wesley Newton will grace the Lakeside stage for the first time.
25 – Wouter Vaes (Ned)
26 – Justin Thompson (Aus)
27 – Wesley Newton (Eng)
2018 Winmau World Masters champion – Adam Smith-Neale (Eng)
BDO qualifier – Andy Hamilton (Eng)
BDO qualifier – Nigel Heydon (Eng)
BDO qualifier – Ryan Hogarth (Sco)
BDO qualifier – Krzysztof Kciuk (Pol)
These players will be drawn into the Preliminary Round against the eight BDO regional qualifiers. They include twice Lakeside quarter finalist ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Paul Hogan, the first ever Serbian to play at the Lakeside, Oliver Ferenc, 6-time regional qualifier for Canada, David Cameron and the leading player in Darts Australia’s Grand Prix, Mal Cuming.
Australian qualifier – Mal Cuming (Aus)
Baltic/Scandinavian qualifier – Brian Løkken (Den)
British Isles regional rankings qualifier – Paul Hogan (Eng)
Canadian qualifier – David Cameron (Can)
Eastern European qualifier – Oliver Ferenc (Ser)
New Zealand qualifier – Mark McGrath (Nzl)
USA qualifier – Jim Widmayer (USA)
Western European qualifier – Roger Janssen (Bel)
16 invitations have also been accepted for the 2019 Women’s Lakeside World Championship. The seeding list is topped by the 2017 Winmau World Masters champion, Lorraine Winstanley, who will be appearing as the No.1 seed for the first time, ahead of the reigning 4-time Lakeside World Champion and 2-time Winmau World Masters champion, ‘the Lancashire Rose’ Lisa Ashton.
They will be part of a truly world class field, with the list of seeds featuring triple finalist ‘the Heart of Darts’ Deta Hedman, 3-time former champion ‘from Russia with Love’ Anastasia Dobromyslova, BDO World Trophy champions past and present, Aileen de Graaf and Fallon Sherrock, twice Lakeside semi finalist ‘Racing Angel’ Sharon Prins and returning for her 19th consecutive appearance, the legendary 10-time Lakeside Champion ‘the Golden Girl’ Trina Gulliver MBE.
1 – Lorraine Winstanley (Eng)
2 – Lisa Ashton (Eng)
3 – Deta Hedman (Eng)
4 – Anastasia Dobromyslova (Rus)
5 – Aileen de Graaf (Ned)
6 – Fallon Sherrock (Eng)
7 – Sharon Prins (Ned)
8 – Trina Gulliver MBE (Eng)
The un-seeded players (ranked 9-14) include the 2017 runner up, Australia’s Corrine Hammond, plus English debutants Roz Bulmer and Laura Turner. In addition, the two qualifiers from the BDO playoffs in Bridlington, Mikuru Suzuki and Karolina Podgorska ensure that the nations of Japan and Poland will be represented in the women’s World Championship for the first time.
9 – Corrine Hammond (Aus)
10 – Maria O’Brien (Eng)
11 – Casey Gallagher (Eng)
12 – Roz Bulmer (Eng)
13 – Paula Jacklin (Eng)
14 – Laura Turner (Eng)
BDO qualifier – Karolina Podgorska (Pol)
BDO qualifier – Mikuru Suzuki (Jpn)
Along with the 40 men and the 16 ladies invited to compete at the Lakeisde World Championships in January 2019, there will be two youth players contesting their own final. England’s Leighton Bennett (age 13) will face the 2017 runner up, Scotland’s Nathan Girvan (age 16).
The 42ndBDO World Professional Darts Championships takes place from Saturday 5thto Sunday 13thJanuary 2019, broadcast live on Eurosport and Quest, at ‘the home of World Darts’ the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green. Tickets are available via www.lakesideworlddarts.co.ukor via their box office - (+44) 01252-836-464