Darting USA: Gates upsets Lauby in Virginia Beach

By Editorial Staff 19/10/2021

THE Virginia Beach Classic was played in Virginia this passing Saturday. With a good crop of points available a fine field was attracted to this important WDF tournament.

Jules van Dongen was the number one seed after his recent victories., but bowed out to Elliot Milk in the quarterfinals with 4-3. Van Dongen will be disappointed after missing 4 match darts for a place in the semi-finals. Leonard Gates was the player to catch the eye all day, throwing several 90+ averages and taking out a host of big names. He even threw in  a 9-darter as a bonus for the audience, during his 4-1 win over Larry Butler in the Qtrs (recording 113.59 average) 

The final saw Danny Lauby face Gates. Lauby had had a whitewash semi-final, versus Jason Brandon, in the semi-finals; 4-0.  The early legs  went with the darts, but then gates hit the to claim 4 legs on the spin  and produce a 102.82 average overall. Gates was claiming his 21st WDF ranking title and nowe lead in the USA ranking table (WDF), Van Dongen is still second.

Marlise Kiel took her first WDF title in three years in the Womens event. Kiel, who had lost in the final of the Washington Area Open in September took this title with a strong performance. She took care of Cali West 4-1 in the semifinals.

Julie Weger was the opponent in the final game. Kiel claimed the first two legs, but  Weger faought back hard and edged into a 5-4 . Three match darts were missed in the following leg, allowing Kiel to level at 5-5. Kiel then threw her best leg of the final, taking the title (with a 112 finish in an 18 dart leg)  Paula Murphy leads the WDF's USA Rankings with Kiel just behind.

Ryan Avellino claimed the youth title in a close-fought contest (that required a decider) with Peter Stewart Jnr.


Virginia Beach Classic - Results

Leonard Gates 6-1 Danny Lauby

Marlise Kiel 6-5 Julie Weger

Youth Final:
Ryan Avellino 4-3 Peter Stewart Jnr

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