Wayne Kelly as sharp as ever

Car­bon­ear wins North Amer­i­can dart event in St. John’s; claims $2,200 in prize money

The Compass - - SPORTS -

A Car­bon­ear res­i­dent who has long been ranked among the best dart play­ers in this prov­ince claimed top spot in the open­ing event of the PDC North Amer­i­can Cham­pi­onship Tour in St. John’s on June 16.

Wayne Kelly de­feated On­tario’s Bernie Miller 6-2 in the fi­nal, cruis­ing through a field of 80 of the top play­ers in North Amer­ica and claim­ing the $2,200 win­ner’s purse.

Kelly has com­peted from coast-to-coast in this coun­try, has five provin­cial men’s ti­tles, five provin­cial team ti­tles, and nu­mer­ous fin­ishes in the top-three at the national level.

“He can com­pete with the best,” his old­est daugh­ter, Krista Kelly-Cox, told The Com­pass.

The St. John’s com­pe­ti­tion was the first of eight NACT events which will be played this year.

Kelly’s road to vic­tory in­cluded a win over top Cana­dian young­ster Shaun Narain in the last 16 and a semi-fi­nal vic­tory over 2012 NACT Or­der of Merit win­ner Darin Young, who is the topranked player in the United States.

Miller de­feated PDC Tour Card holder Ken MacNeil in the semi-fi­nals and also saw off for­mer World Match­play cham­pion Larry But­ler as he claimed the $1,400 run­ner-up prize.

Kelly has been throw­ing darts for more than 35 years, and com­petes lo­cally in a league at West Side Char­lies. He has a busy work sched­ule at the con­struc­tion site of the new nickel pro­cess­ing plant in Long Har­bour, but still man­ages to prac­tice about an hour each day, Krista stated.

When asked how her fa­ther was able to win such a highly com­pet­i­tive event, she an­swered with two sim­ple words — “He’s good.”

Wayne’s in­flu­ence is also rub­bing off on Krista, who is among the top fe­male play­ers in the prov­ince and earned the right last month to com­pete at the national cham­pi­onships in St. John’s.

Mean­while, the next PDC NACT event will be held July 14 at the Ambassador Con­fer­ence Re­sort in Kingston, On­tario as part of the Kingston Open week­end.

If time per­mits, Kelly may be step­ping to the line at that event, said Krista.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Car­bon­ear’s Wayne Kelly raises his arm in vic­tory af­ter tak­ing top spot at the open­ing event of the PDC North Amer­i­can cham­pi­onship dart tour in St. John’s on June 16. At left is Clive Eynon, Cana­dian di­rec­tor for Bull’s Eye Mar­ket­ing

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