The Masters is now in it's 42nd year and returns to Hull, England with a field of qualifiers from all over the world, this will be Sandy's 6th invitation and 5th trip over to this prestigious event.
She first qualified in 2008 at the end of her first full season back on the American tour. She went with a large American team and ended up losing to the eventual Champion from the Netherlands, Francis Hoenselaar 4-2. The weather was a big part of this trip in early December to Bridlington, England.
She again qualified in 2011 and traveled to Hull, England in September. It was a very memorable trip as Sandy made a deep run in the tournament losing in her Bracket Finals to England's Lorraine Winstanley. Sandy led the match 3-0 before Lorraine rallied for the 4-3 win. On this trip we got to spend some time in London for some sightseeing and had great weather for music festivals in London and Hull.
Sandy didn't expect to go in 2012 as she failed to qualify finishing as the first alternate in the ADO Playoffs in Dallas. She was hobbled at that time after injuring her hip and knee and was working through some real pain issues. She qualified to go to the ADO Nationals in Denver, Co and then found out that one of the girls who qualified for England couldn't make the trip.
This led to an epic 12 day adventure which started by going to Denver, then returning to the East Coast before heading over to the UK. She was still hurting but made a nice showing losing 4-3 to Northern Ireland's Nicole Dillon. This trip went through Manchester, England so we got to see more of the beautiful English countryside.
Sandy returned in 2014, this time as a Winmau sponsored player. For the first time we were able to take family with us and spent days in London sightseeing and ventured out on trips to Oxford, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge before we got to Hull. There she was able to meet her new sponsors for the first time and enjoy their warm hospitality. She lost 4-1 to Alleen de Graaf of the Netherlands who was the #3 seed in the event and advanced to the Semi-Finals. We then reconnected with family in Edinburgh, Scotland to finish our trip.
She is looking forward to another chance at a World Championship and wishes to thank her sponsors and many supporters. Back home in South Carolina she recieves a lot of support from family, friends, customers and co-workers. Her adventure in darts, traveling the country and abroad has brought her so many new friendships with some amazing people as well.
Sandy is blessed to have the best sponsors in her corner. Winmau makes her signature model dart which is just now reaching America and she has been made to feel at home in the Winmau family. L-Style Global who makes her signature flights and shafts has also welcomed her into their family of talented dart players worldwide.
Spider Tech makes the worlds best kinesiology tape which helped so very much in helping Sandy rehabilitate from her injury and return to form, she always wears the tape when competing. Flying Bull Darts has made her high quality sublimation dart shirts for years now and Dutchman Darts strongly supports her as Winmau's American distributor. Kryptonite Darts has been there from the beginning and handles her website and social media.
Sandy has high confidence as she embarks on her English adventure in a couple of days and with the rainy weather we have been having lately due to all the tropical storms out there she is already in a British state of mind. First stop is London where we hope to visit Wimbledon before heading up to Hull and meeting with her Winmau and L-Style sponsors.