Ladies darts event hits bullseye with leading professionals
MARKET Rasen darts official Julie Lambie is urging Grimsby arrows players to join some of the game's leading female professionals on the oche at next month's inaugural Ladies Classic tournament.
Lambie, the Lincolnshire County Darts secretary, has led efforts to boost the women's game by organising a big-money ranking event in the county.
And she has succeeded – the Ladies Classic will be held at Rileys, in Crofton Road, Lincoln, on September 15.
"This is a brand new event aimed solely at lady darts players from all over the world," she said. "It's the first time a standalone ladies event of its kind has been organised in this country."
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World number one Deta Hedman is among the stars already confirmed to feature, aiming to win the £1,000 prize on offer for the ladies singles champion. Other top-ranked ladies taking part are Lorraine Farlam, Josie Patterson, Apylee Jones and Rhian Edwards.
Having previously spearheaded a successful petition that prompted the British Darts Organisation to reverse its decision not to televise Ladies World Championship matches at the Lakeside earlier this year, Lambie turned her attention to organising the Ladies Classic.
As reported, her efforts attracted the support of former world darts champion Bob Anderson, who said: "It would be a crying shame to lose the ladies game. There's no reason why ladies shouldn't play the same level as men."
Anderson donated a signed shirt that raised £275 through an online auction.
Fifteen-time world champion Phil Taylor, the England Darts Organisation and nine-time women's world champion Trina Gulliver were among the stars who followed suit and donated items in support.
Lambie said: "I have raised nearly £3,000 and am very pleased to be able to offer a large first place prize.
"This is a massive pay-out that has attracted top-ranked ladies."
The singles tournament will offer £2,240 in prize-money. A pairs event will also take place. Entry costs £10 per person per event, £12 on the day.
To obtain an entry form, email Lambie at email@example.com or call 07853216461