According to Malcolm Spicer, president of the Bahamas Darts Federation and World Darts Federation’s Americas Region, this year’s competition was a tough one with the largest number of players ever to enter the Caribbean Cup and the Cup of the Americas. This year, people who had lived at least six months in Florida were allowed to enter the tournament, even if they were not United States Citizens, a fact that added to an already stiff competition.
None-the-less, The Bahamas placed second overall as runner-up to Florida that won the Caribbean Cup with 151 points. The Bahamas accumulated 86 points to place in front of Trinidad and Barbados, tied at 75 points in third position. Altogether nine countries participated. Two countries, Guyana and St Lucia, were unable to obtain their visas on time.
A second place in the Team Event and a second place in the Youth Championship, a new category this year, contributed to The Bahamas’ final count thanks to Breydon Rosson from Nassau who also took the second place in the Cup of the Americas. He made it to the final in seven rounds, to face Arek Archibold from the Cayman Islands for the championship title.
The Bahamas Darts National Team comprised of players from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera, traveled to Tampa to participate in the twentieth Caribbean Dart Cup and in the Cup of the Americas, held July 14 -20 at the Mainsail Convention Center.
Four Abaconians, Robin Albury, Angela Russell and Shane Sawyer were among the seventeen Bahamian players who represented the country (including two youngsters, Dreydon Rosson and Indira Sweeting).
According to Mr. Spicer, it was a very successful event during which the camaraderie of the previous years was renewed, as most of the same people usually attend all the competitive events. He said that the National Team was very good but played against a very strong Florida team.
The Bahamas took the 4th place in the Cup of the Americas.
Mr. Spicer was re-elected President of the Dart Federation for the Americas’ Region and Secretary General for the Caribbean Dart Organization.
The 2016 Caribbean Cup and the Cup of the Americas will be held in Barbados in 2016.