Tony lifts first Broadbridge Heath Open title

THE FIRST ever Broadbridge Heath Open was won by Tony Broughton at the Village Centre on Sunday.

UK Open finalist Broughton, from the Isle of Wight, collected £250 prize money from sponsors London Pride for his win, after beating Martin Harle, Tony Ayres, Richard Stanford and semi finalist Tony Peters from Roffey.

The Open field of thirty two players included several top PDC and BDO stars and Broughton’s opponent on stage in the final was Worthing Super League star Lee Gladman, who reached the final by beating Chris Levett, Kevin Clark, Mick Bridle and in the semi finals John Jenkinson from Surrey. Broughton emerged a 4-0 winner thanks to his superb 27.08 average.

The First Game Losers competition provided some consolation for Mid Sussex player Del Furminger who beat Gareth Syverson from Lingfield 3-0 in the final to share the prize money. Ross Gillingham from Billingshurst was among the losing semi finalists.

In an all Sussex Open Pairs final, the Hastings combination of Shayne Burgess and Mick Bridle beat Furminger and Syverson 3-1.

A disappointing low entry for the Ladies Singles saw Roffey’s Crystal Woodrow take the honours beating Leatherhead’s Anneka Ewing 3-0 in the final.

The ever popular Flying Pairs saw Del Furminger making his third stage appearance of the day. With Ross Gillingham, they defeated Lee Gladman and Gareth Syverson 2-1.