The organizers expressed their sincere thanks to all of the ECDO players who made the trip to Portland to participate in the Oregon Open last weekend. This tournament drew both casual and professional players from as far north as Canada, as far west as Hawaii and from points all over the continental US. This year the Oregon Open was particularly well represented by players from Washington state with a sizeable percentage of the ECDO membership turning out.
The weekend started Friday afternoon with a national qualifier for the ADO 501 National Championship in which ECDO members represented nearly half the field (5 out of 12). Jeff Leonard, Andre Lim, Kevin Santos, Mark Wolff and Gino Cano, all from our Advanced Singles League, played in the event. First place went to Christopher Lim, one of the world’s top shooters, while Jeff finished a close second and Gino came in third. Jeff’s second place finish was good enough to net a berth in the 501 National Championship and the ADO All-Stars Competition this August.
Next up was the 301 double double shootout, a game familiar to our A division players. 301 is a crowd favorite and draws men and women of every skill level. Even the strongest players can have trouble finding that first double which can give weaker players a shot against the pros and makes for quick and exciting games. Every match is best 2 out of 3 legs and when one goes to the third leg it can really get the adrenaline going. Several close matches in a row can be positively nerve wracking, even to the seasoned darters. Debra Dreger, Gino Cano, David Simerly, Ken Ferrell, Shaun Landis, Larry Mead, Jeff Leonard, Ian Cahoon and Rob Johnson represented the ECDO. Out of a field of well over 100 players, Rob took top ECDO honors with a top 8 finish.
The Friday fun came to a close with a Blind Draw. This is the traditional ice breaker event where the players first gets a chance to mix and mingle, reunite with old acquaintances and make new ones. Debra Dreger’s, Richard Notturno’s, Rob Johnson’s and Jeff Leonard’s teams all advanced out of the round robin qualifying stage to the knockout round. Out of a field of over 130 teams Debra’s, Richard’s and Jeff’s teams all placed in the top 16 while Rob’s team finished in the top 32.
Saturday morning everyone was up early for the Men’s Doubles 501 and Ladies Singles 501 events. In the mens event ECDO was represented by Rob Johnson and Shaun Landis, Gino Cano and Andre Lim, Jeff Leonard and Larry Mead, Richard Notturno and Paul Straub, Former ECDO President Bob Ross (with non-member John Gill) and Robert Thayer shot with Ian Cahoon. Top finishers were Gino and Andre and Larry and Jeff, both making it the top 8. The teams of Robert and Ian and Rob and Shaun both ended up in the top 32. On the ladies side our competitors were Carole Herriot, Debra Dreger, Christi Durden and Jennifer Mounts. Our ladies fared better than the men enarly sweeping the top 4 slots with Carole taking first, Jennifer second and Christi a top 4 finish.
The afternoon saw the Ladies Doubles Cricket and Mens Singles Cricket. On the mens side, David Simerly, Gino Cano, Andre Lim, Larry Mead, Ian Cahoon, Ken Ferrell, Richard Notturno and Jeff Leonard played. Jeff topped the ECDO men with a top 16 result and Ken Ferrell went out in the top 32. In the ladies bracket we were represented by the teams of Debra Dreger and Christi Durden, Carole Herriott (who paired with the great Suzie Letrud from Vancouver, BC Canada) and Singles Leaguer Jennifer Mounts (who paired with Portland’s Dee Brown). Jennifer’s team topped the ECDO contenders with a top 4 finish while Carole’s, Debra and Christi’s teams finished in the top 16.
Saturday evening came to a very (very very) late close with the Mixed Doubles. Gino Cano, Christi Durden and Jeff Leonard, Carole Herriott, Robert Thayer, David Simerly, young guns Jennifer Mounts and Jeff Springer, Larry Mead and Tori Rillera and Richard Notturno all bore the ECDO standard. And the ECDO emerged triumphant as Carole (and her partner Kevin Luke) took first and Mounts and Springer were the runner-ups.
Sunday morning had everyone one up, maybe a bit bleary-eyed from the night before, but ready to play the Mens Singles 501 and Ladies Doubles 501 events. On the ladies side we were represented once again by the teams of Debra and Christi, Carole (and Suzie Letrud) and Jennifer (and Dee Brown). This time Jennifer and Dee made top 4 while Carole’s and Deb and Christi’s teams both placed in the top 16. On the mens side our players were Gino Cano, Jeff Leonard, Andre Lim, Larry Mead, Kevin Santos and Richard Notturno. Gino carried out standard with a top 4 finish while Kevin made it into the top 8
And finally, in the afternoon, we saw the final two events of the tournament, Mens Cricket Doubles and Ladies Cricket Singles. In the ladies event Jennifer Mounts (who needs to come out and shoot in our upcoming ladies US World Cup Team qualifier series) and Tori Rillera (ditto) carried the ECDO banner and Jennifer went on to take top honors with a first place finish. In the mens event, Jeff Leonard teamed up with Larry Mead, Gino Cano with Andre Lim, Robert Thayer with Ian Cahoon, Kevin Santos (with non-member Jon Christian) and Davis Simerly (with Ed Takeuchi) played under our banner. Jeff and Larry finished in the top 4, Andre and Gino in the top 8 and Kevin’s, David’s and Ian and Robert’s teams all placed in the top 32.