Darting sensation Beau Greaves secured the 2016 Yorkshire Darts Classic title this afternoon- aged just 12! The young darting genius, from Sprotbrough in Doncaster, defeated Louise Simmonds in the final to scoop the title.
Greaves cruised through to the last four of Sunday’s event with successive 3-1 victories against Michelle Binns and Mandy McKenzie respectively.
In the semi-finals, Greaves took on Carole Layne, who had dropped just two legs in her opening two matches. However, the 12-year-old superstar prevailed by a comprehensive 4-1 scoreline to set up a final showdown against the decorated Louise Simmonds.
Simmonds’ route to the final was also relatively serene. She kicked off her campaign with a 3-0 whitewash against Christina Bolt, before defeating Melanie Robinson to reach the last four. Simmonds faced Paula Burgess in the semis, winning a competitive contest 4-2.
Nevertheless, it was the remarkable 12-year-old Greaves who triumphed, beating Simmonds 4-1 to add this prestigious title to her ever-growing resume. Yet Simmonds, who dedicates a great amount of time and effort into developing the youth of Yorkshire darts, also deserves a tremendous amount of credit.
However, the headlines were undoubtedly generated by the immensely-talented Greaves, who has been playing competitively for less than two years. Beau opted to take up darts at the age of 10, following in the footsteps of her 19-year-old brother Taylor, who himself is a promising prospect on the PDC Development Tour.
Less than four months after throwing her first set of darts, Greaves found herself competing in the Winmau World Masters U18 Youth event, where she reached the final, before losing out to then 17-year-old Robyn Byrne. Nevertheless, her rapid progression to the top was simply unprecedented.
In May last year, Beau reached the final of the Welsh Open, where she was again beaten by Byrne. The youngster led 2-0, before Byrne reeled off four successive legs to clinch the title. However, just one month later, Beau won the Sheffield Ladies Darts Masters, beating Yorkshire’s Julie White by an emphatic 4-1 scoreline.
Last year, Beau also competed in the reality show ‘Darts Factor’, where a number of the finest talents in the game battled it out to be crowned the Darts Factor winner, with the incentive of taking to the Alexandra Palace stage in the 2016 William Hill World Darts Championship.
She acquitted herself extremely well as she competed alongside the talented Belgian duo of Dimitri van den Bergh and Mike de Decker. They were also joined by Dirk van Duijvenbode, who posted a 9-darter on the PDC tour in 2015 and made his World Championship debut at Ally Pally in December.
Less than a month ago, Beau was deservedly selected to represent England Youth in 2016 and she will no doubt be full of confidence when he represents her country this year! Remember the name; 12-year-old Beau Greaves is the future of women’s darts!