Andy Boulton, from Inverness, walked away with the title of Harrows Darts UK Open Singles champion along with a cheque for £2,500 in the final of the darts competition which took place this month at Rileys in Liverpool.

In a convincing win Andy, whose nickname is X Factor, beat Mike Barelli from Edinburgh by two sets to love in the final.

Launched by Rileys, the Harrows Darts UK Open Singles Championship is a competition for amateur players and it offers an impressive prize fund of £10,000:

Winner:                                   £2,500

Runner Up:                            £1,250

Losing semi-finalists:        £625

Losing quarter-finalists:  £350

Losing last 16:                      £250

Andy said: “I’ve really enjoyed this tournament and obviously I’m delighted to have won!  The £2,500 will come in very handy, it’s a nice bonus just in time for Christmas!”

Over 700 players entered the 2011 tournament, making it one of the biggest and best amateur darts competitions to date.  Qualifiers took place in Rileys Darts Zones across the UK, with 32 players making it through to the final.

Maurice Kelly, CEO said: “We had a great response for this competition, darts is a very popular pastime and this was underlined by the phenomenal amount of entries we received.  £10,000 is a very impressive prize fund for any amateur tournament and it’s great to be able to give these players the chance to win a share of it.”

Maurice adds:  “It was a great day, with 180’s flowing! I think they must be putting something in the water up in Scotland to improve the throwing techniques; the winners of the Harrows darts UK Doubles competition also came from there!”

Rileys are leading the way with their 2011 tournaments, offering the biggest prize funds and best development opportunities for amateur players.  Rileys also received a huge response to their UK English Pool Masters, with 1200 entrants vying for the top prize of £2,500.

Rileys Sportsbars have 47 Darts Zones across the UK, with plans to increase this to 100.  Each has six or eight throwing lanes, championship quality Harrows Matchplay boards and electronic scoring.

 

For further information visit www.rileys.co.uk