OUTLANE’S Scott Waites goes gunning for more glory this weekend when he opens his account in this year’s BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships which starts at the famous Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey, tomorrow.
And 34-year-old Waites, a popular figure on the Huddersfield circuit where he plays with the Foresters Arms at Crosland Moor, and the Dusty Miller at Longwood, goes into this year’s Championships as joint favourite alongside holder Martin Adams.
The Huddersfield arrowsmith (left) has enjoyed a stunning 2011 in which he won the World Masters in Hull, on the way beating Adams and world championship runner-up Dean Winstanley in the semis and final.
And he followed that up by winning the BDO British Open where he defeated Wily van de Wiel 3-1 in the final, and then took Adams to the cleaners once again, beating the world champion 6-2 to win the WDF World Cup.
And although Adams as reigning champion is installed as the No1 seed for this year’s Championship with Waites at No2, both men are quoted as joint 4-1 favourites with the bookmakers, with last year’s runner-up Winstanley at 8-1.
Last year Waites – nickname ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ – was the sixth seed and second favourite at the start of the tournament, and in the first round he justified his mark by defeating the former two-time champion Ted Hankey 3-0. Unfortunately, his hopes were dashed in the second round where he lost 4-2 to the unseeded player, Stephen Bunting.
This year’s Championships (both men’s and ladies) get under way tomorrow when Scotland’s Gary Stone takes on Holland’s Ron Meulenkamp in the opening match at 1pm, followed by the first appearance of the holder Adams, who tackles countryman Scott Mitchell at 2.30pm.
Waites, who lives in Outlane village with partner Sally and their son Michael, then begins his campaign with a match against England’s Andy Boulton on Sunday at 2.40pm.
Despite his success of last year, Waites is still not a full-time professional player and he earns his full-time living as a joiner for Calderdale Council.
Trina Gulliver is the reigning champion in the ladies event, and she too begins her defence on Sunday in the Championships, which are being screened on both BBC television and ESPN.