The Greater Greenville Dart Girls were back at it this weekend against a talented team from Fuquay Varina. The local girls are always such good hosts and again supplied lots of food for everyone.
Sandy and her teammates, Haley Rogers, Tia Rogers, Candra Archbold, Kim Carpenter, Nicole Roehr and Teresa Cepek fought through some tough matches to successfully defend the historic Cup 17-7 which was closer than the score may indicate. Thanks to those who came to watch and support both teams. It was truly a good day in the Carolina dart community.
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The Greater Greenville Dart Girls kicked off their season hosting the Piedmont Ladies Team from North Carolina. Sandy and her teammates Haley and Tia Rogers, Gin Knight, Teresa Cepek, Nicole Roehr, Kim Carpenter and Candra Archbold played well and faced some stiff competition from the Piedmont team.
In the end the girls were able to defend the Cup with a 20-4 win in a match where the score was not indicative of how tight the matches were. The NC/SC Ladies Challenge Cup dates back 38 years to 1981 and is the longest running Challenge Cup in America.
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Sandy was in Las Vegas for the 12th time at the ADO Nationals and Las Vegas Open and hobbled through a long, tough weekend of darts among friends and the toughest room for ladies in American darts. Thursday started off with the ADO Cricket Nationals with a huge 10 person bracket. She played well and times and labored at other times but advanced winning her bracket. In the knockout round she drew Paula Murphy first as they renewed their long tradition of meeting in these type of playoffs. Sandy won the opening leg before Paula reeled off 3 straight to advance. Sandy had a solid chance at winning two of those games but Paula just threw better and would go on to win her 4th Cricket National Championship.
The long, grueling day took it's toll though and Friday was truly an ugly day for her. She limped around that day as the defending champion but never played well and did not advance out of her 11 player bracket for the first time in a very long time. Cricket Champ Paula and Debra Ivey advanced and Debra would go on to win her first ADO National Champion playing very well in the process.
When the travel from the East Coast and 2 long days of stiff competion she was drained. We recharged in the hot tub that night and discussed if she needed to skip the singles events during the weekend and rest more, but she felt so bad about the way she played on Friday she charged on, looking to redeem herself. Her first event was the largest payout for the ladies in the tournament, the BDO ranked Ladies 501 Singles. She kept advancing and tried to rest between throwing and get of her bad knee. This is a seeded event thus the competition grows as you reach the later rounds. She reached the Finals to again see her old friend Paula Murphy who has had a ton of success in this event. Sandy would go own to win 5-3 in a tough, back and forth match.
Sandy and Stacey Pace reached the Finals on Ladies Cricket Doubles but had to settle for 2nd Place. They earned Top 16 the next day in 501 Doubles. Sandy had 2nd round exits in Cricket Singles and Mixed Triples but ended up in the last event finishing Top 4 in Mixed Doubles 501.
This trip seemed to take the most out of her but in the end she still shined at times and found some success. She has such amazing sponsors who make the great products she uses and are tied to her success in some many ways. She is blessed to have the support of Winmau, L-Style Global, Magic Wear Sport Apparel and Dutchman Darts.
Sandy will be back in a couple of weeks playing a NC/SC Ladies Cup match in Greenville, SC.
Sandy returned to the Fire on the Mountain tournament in scenic Asheville, NC, a regular stop on her Winter schedule and this year in their new weekend slot. After knocking off some rust last weekend she played much better and more consistent and found quite a good bit of success in the mountains.
In fact, Sandy was able to win all 6 events she entered. At a tournament where she is among many friends she was able to team up with 2 of her best friends in John Liggett and Tia Rogers. John and Sandy swept the Mixed doubles events while Tia and Sandy won both Ladies Doubles Titles.
In Singles, Sandy's 2 wins bring her to 3 on the young season and 143 for her career. She topped Jammie Campbell in Cricket and in 501 she bested Haley Rogers who was making her first appearance in a tournament Singles final. All in all it was a great weekend and the winter weather that was predicted wasn't bad enough to impact the event. Now it's off the Las Vegas for the ADO Cricket and 501 National Championship and the popular Las Vegas Open next weekend.
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Sandy was excited to start playing again after a long holiday break and the Celebrate the New year tournament in Pineville, NC is her traditional event to get the season kicked off and a place to knock off some serious rust.
This is a great little tournament organized by the fine people of the QCDA in Charlotte, NC and always filled with some stiff competition. This was the first event she was able to play with Camilla Bunnell out of Pawley's Island, SC and they played well together, capturing both Ladies Doubles Titles. They also won both Singles events between them, Camilla in 501 and Sandy won the Cricket Title. Her first of the season and 141st of her career. Sandy finished Top 8 in 501 Singles.
Sandy teamed a regular partner and great guy in Pat Hewitt. They reached the Finals of both Mixed Doubles events, winning Cricket Doubles and finishing 2nd in 501 to Steve and Julie Phillips. We commuted from home each day to the event and the hour and a half drive always wears her down a bit, especially on Sunday with the short turn around, but all in all she played some good darts at time. Spending the weekend with good friends always makes this event so enjoyable.
Sandy is fortunate to be supported by some great sponsors who have amazing products. Please look into the industry leading products from Winmau, L-Style Global, Magic Wear and Dutchman Darts. January is a busy month with 5 events in 3 weeks so she will be in Asheville, NC next at the Fire on the Mountain tournament before going to Las Vegas, NV for the ADO 501 and Cricket National Championships and Las Vegas Open.
Sandy's 2018 season will go down as one of the best of her career, but it did not come easy. Yes, there were planes, trains and automobiles. And Uber's, shuttle's, scheduling conflicts, train strikes, tropical islands, tournaments which were cancelled, long road trips, short airport windows and delays and delays and delays.
She started in Pineville, NC and was happy to return after being snowed in and missing the event the previous year. She was able to retain the same partners and won her first 2 Singles events on the season. It was a good warm up for the ADO Nationals and Las Vegas Open. She would enter the event as the 2 time defending National Cricket Champion but lost in the Top 8 to Paula Murphy. The next day she was able to defeat Paula in the 501 Finals to claim her first ADO 501 National Championship.
February brought the Shoot for the Moon tournament in Huntsville, AL where she won 2 Singles Titles including the BDO Sanctioned 501 event. She returned to Pineville, NC for ADO 5-6 National Qualifier and won the event to earn a spot in the ADO Masters National Playoff. In March she won 2 more Singles Titles at the Fire on the Mountain tournament in Asheville, NC.
In April Sandy and her GGDG teammates traveled to Charleston,SC and brought the NC/SC Ladies Challenge Cup back to the upstate. She played in the Charlotte Open and won the ADO Masters National Playoff in Charlotte, NC to earn a spot in her 8th Winmau World Masters in England. May brought the Darts for Arch tournament in Inma, SC and her 8th Singles Title of the season. In June the GGDG defending the NC/SC Cup topping the Wilmington, NC team.
In late June she traveled to Deerfield Beach, FL for the Cherry Bomb International and won 2 Singles Titles including the BDO Ranked 501 Singles Titles. July was a busy month that got started with a bang in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies at the WDF America's Cup. There she helped Team USA capture the Gold Medal in team play and win the America's Cup Single's Title for the first time in her career. Next up was the QCDA Summer Shootout in Pineville, NC where she claimed 4 titles and the SCUDL Summer Slam in Greenville, SC where she won Cricket Singles. She and her GGDG teammates defended their Cup over Spartanburg.
She returned in September at the Palmetto Dart Classic in Greenville, SC where she won Cricket Singles. She also won the ADO Area 5-6 National Cricket Qualifier in Pineville, NC to punch her ticket for Las Vegas for ADO National Championships. Then she was off to England where she competed in the 45th Winmau World Masters and Lakeside World Pro Qualifier. In the Masters she advance to her bracket Semi-Finals eventually finishing in the Top 36. She made a deep run in the Lakeside Qualifier winning her bracket and reaching the final round where she lost to a talented Polish player and finished one step short of her goal.
She won the Winmau Cricket National Championship and the Winmau 501 National Championship in October and won the 501 Singles Title at Ghost on the Coast, her 17th Singles Title of the season. In November she and her GGDG teammates defended the NC/SC Challenge Cup vs The Pineville, NC ladies.
We thought there was a chance for another event in December which didn't work out. She will be back in 2019 with 5 events scheduled in January. Please visit my sponsors pages on my website, they have the most amazing products that Sandy plays with and swears by, Thank you so much to the great people at Winmau, L-Style Global, Dutchman Darts and Magic Man.
Sandy stayed close to home and helped her Greater Greenville Dart Girls defend America's oldest Challenge Cup series over the talented Pineville, NC Ladies team. The day was filled with highly contested matches and great fun as well.
Sandy and her teammates Nicole Roehr, Tia Rogers, Haley Rogers, Gin Knight, Teresa Cepek, Candra Archbold and Kim Carpenter had their hands full all day long. They started by claiming a 4-2 lead after 401 Singles but lost 5 of 6 in Cricket Singles to trail 7-5. This was only the second time in their history they trailed after Singles matches were completed. The girls buckled down and won 2 of 3 501 Doubles matches to knot things up 9-9. In the winner take all Cricket Doubles they took control and finished with a extremely tough 15-9 victory to defend the Cup.
Sandy is supported by some amazing people and products at Winmau and Dutchman Darts who make and distribute her "Storm" signature model. L-Style Global makes her "Storm" flights and carbon shafts and Magic Man Sports Apparel who supply her cool shirts. She is so thankful and appreciative to have such a wonderful team in her corner.
Sandy returned to the familiar surroundings in Myrtle Beach, SC for her favorite tournament of the year, the Ghost on the Coast which also hosted the Winmau 501 and Cricket National Championships.
On Thursday she won the first ever Winmau Cricket National Championship over Kayla Murray . On Friday she survived an early scare to defend her title as Winmau 501 National Champion over Julie Phillips. The titles give her 3 National Championships for the season and she has now won 6 of the last 7 National Championships she has entered. In 2018 she is the ADO 501 National Champion, the Winamu 501 National Champion and the WDF America's Cup 501 Champion.
In the Ghost on the Coast she teamed with John Liggett to earn Top 4 in 501 Mixed Doubles and Top 8 in Cricket. They picked up Jeff Turner and finished Top 8 in Mixed Triples. Her ladies partner for the weekend was fellow K-Girl and Magic Man teammate Stacey Pace from Denver. They won Ladies Doubles Cricket and wound up in 2nd Place in Doubles 501. They also played each other in both singles events with Stacey knocking Sandy out in the 2nd round of Cricket and Sandy beating Stacey in the Ladies 501 Singles Finals which is her 17th Singles Title on the season. The event ended a hectic couple of months for Sandy as she begins to wind down the year.
Sandy's sponsors are the best, I know a lot of people say that but in her case it is really true. Winmau makes her darts which has greatly impacted her success in darts. They are distributed in America by Dutchman Darts. L-Style makes her signature flights and shafts that she just loves and her newest sponsor Magic Man Sports Apparel supplies her with the best sublimation dart shirts in the business. Please check out the amazing products they produce.
In 2008 Sandy first qualified to represent America in the Winmau World Masters in England, ever since then she circles the dates for this event on her calendar in hopes of again making the field. This year was the 45th edition and was the 8th time Sandy has qualified for the prestigious tournament.
Usually we plan some time for sightseeing but this year we didn't have that luxury, despite the exhausting travel over to London then up to Bridlington, she started the Lakeside World Pro on Wednesday on top of her game. Her first round match was a no-show and in the second round she topped Kaisu Rekinen of Finland 3-0. Next she beat England's Evonne Taylor 3-0 and then won 3-0 over Sweden's Deana Rosenblom to reach her Group Finals. There she lost her first leg of the event but prevailed over England's Donna Gleed 3-1. On to the Semi Finals where she won a tough match against Poland's Malgorzata Markowska 3-2 to reach the Bracket Finals. There she played another talented Polish player, Karolina Podgorska and won the first leg and had other chances but failed to convert and lost 3-1, one step from her goal.
She was back on Thursday for the Winmau World Masters and had a first round BYE, she beat England's Claire Irons 4-1 which included a beautiful 12 dart game. Next up she topped England's Mandy Smith 4-0 to move into the Group Semi-Finals where she just couldn't get it going as neither player were playing their best and Sandy's 2018 England trip came to an end losing to Sweden's Susianne Hagvall 4-1.
This year there was a large American team with 18 players competing in the Masters, the Qualifier and the World Disability Darts Masters. While it was a hectic week of travel and darts it was nice to hang out with the American team and see some of our friends from other countries. Sandy's sponsors are instrumental to her success. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the fine people at Winmau, L-Style Global, Magic Man Sports Apparel and Dutchman Darts for all your incredible support. Sandy will return later this month at the Winmau National Championships in Myrtle Beach, SC and the Ghost at the Coast tournament.
Sandy traveled up to Pineville, NC and competed in the ADO Area 5-6 National Cricket Qualifier. This is the third NQ Julie Phillips has organized for the ADO Nationals in Las Vegas, NV in 2019 and Julie does such a great job of running raffles and getting more players involved in these events. She has one more scheduled as well.
Sandy was excited for a day long competition as a solid warm up for the upcoming Winmau World Masters and even though it was Cricket, she enjoyed being among friends and getting some real work in. She played pretty well throughout the day and ended up going 21-0 to win the event held at Blue Rocks. Regardless of the results there was some great competition in that room including some new faces which is always encouraging to see. Thus she is qualified for the ADO Cricket National Championship and has an automatic entry into the 501 Nationals as defending champion. She always looks forward to the Las Vegas Open and the ADO Nationals as one of her favorite stops on her World Tour.
That World Tour will again take her to the Winmau World Masters in Bridlington, England later this week. This is the one event where the best female players in the world are assembled together and is easily the toughest room in ladies darts year after year. She is honored to be representing America for the 8th time in this historic event.
Sandy has the best sponsors in the business and is so proud to be associated with them and their amazing products. This trip always allows us to spend some quality time with the staff at Winmau. Such incredible people who make Sandy's signature darts and have sponsored the World Masters for 45 years. They distribute their products in America through Dutchman Darts. Her flights and shafts are made by L-Style Global, a long time sponsor and planning a nice get together in England for their sponsored players. They are amazing people and we look forward to seeing all of them and meeting some of the newly sponsored players. Last but certainly not least is Magic Man Sports Apparel where fellow Kryptonite Girl Jen Mounts has done an impressive job putting it's footprint on the dart landscape in America and beyond. It's no wonder with their high quality sublimation shirts, creative design team and outstanding customer service. Sandy signed with Magic Man last month and received her new shirts this week, just in time to debut them in England. She loves them and invites everyone to please check out the high quality products of Winmau, L-Style and Magic Man.