Sandy was on hand for what many feel is america's best organized tournament of the year where fellow L-Style and Monster teammate Chuck Pankow and his amazing staff did their usual awesome job. Why this event is not an ADO National Playoff is beyond me. Sandy has great sponsorship support from Monster Barrels Design, Flying Bull Darts, Kryptonite Darts and L-Style Global who sponsored America's best stage in darts yet again. Still fighting a pinched nerve that proved to be problematic throughout the weekend she tried to defend her 2012 title Friday in Ladies singles 301, but lost in the Top 16 to Kim Keller after barely missing "144 out" in the third leg. Saturday brought mixed Triples and another title defense with Joe Chaney and Flying Bull teammate Robbie Phillips, but again missed doubles knocked then out in the early rounds. She lost 501 singles to her weekend partner Paula Murphy in the Top 16, then her and Paula were stricken with doubles disease and knocked out early in Ladies doubles 501. She teamed up with Paula, Marlise Kiel and L-Style teammate Gloria Gutierrez as the only all ladies team in 4 person 801 for what was the most fun event of the weekend, bowing out in the second round. Sunday brought Cricket where she finished Top 8 in singles, losing to eventual winner Trish Grezick from Canada. Then she finally made it to the L-Style Finals board where after a marathon semi-final match they won Ladies Cricket doubles. She again claimed this title and thanks go out to Paula who was able to help her out as fellow L-Style teammate, Stacy Bromberg was unable to attend this year.
$15,000 Charlotte Open - Charlotte, NC
Sandy attended the Charlotte Open which is a regular stop for her, but like the past 3 years since this event has changed dates, she was just not in the right mindset to play. We were missing the start of our long awaited family vacation on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina and hope that the rumors we have heard about this tournament returning to it's old date are true. We skipped Friday's events but made it for the rest of the weekend. She teamed with her US International team partner Bette Cunningham and they finished Top 4 in Cricket and 2nd place in 501, both times losing heartbreaking 3 leg matches. Flying Bull and US International teammate Robbie Phillips teamed up in mixed doubles, bowing out in the 3rd round to eventual champions in Cricket and taking Top 4 in 501. In singles she lost in the Top 8 and lost her first match to the talented Morgan McCormack in 501 which did allow us to get a early start to the beach. Sandy is so lucky to have the support of great sponsors like L-Style, Monster Barrels, Flying Bull dart shirts and Kryptonite Darts.
Sandy's summer tour began in a familiar place, on the Southern Belle Riverboat playing in the Firecracker Open. After weeks of rest, healing knee injuries and seeing a chiropractor three times for a pinched nerve in her right shoulder, she was ready to start competing again. The event started strangely with her mens partner, L-Style and Monster teammate Chuck Pankow, having to cancel due to work. Luckily her L-Style and Monster teammate D.J. Sayer helped her out on short notice. In his last tournament before his trip to the Japan Open this week, D.J and Sandy finished Top 8 on Friday losing to eventual winners Vera Emons and the legendary Roger Carter. She was sharp on Saturday winning 501 Doubles with her partner Sandy Haas and 501 Singles in a tough 5 leg match. She threw a 14 dart game in the last leg which included a 180 to best Lisa Ayers. Chuck Pankow and Thomas Baugh teamed with her for a Top 8 finish in Mixed Triples, again losing to the eventual winners. Sunday she was tired and didn't feel like she threw well, leaning heavily on her partner, Sandy Haas to win ladies doubles cricket. She then lost to her partner in Top 8 of singles cricket to conclude the weekend.
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