Who is Andrew Peden? Andrew decided to go on a holiday to the United States to visit his sister in Florida during the month of July. Since it’s such a long trip he thought he would stop over in Las Vegas for a couple of days to break up the long trip and stretch his legs. One of his buddies happened to come across our website and told Andrew that he should check out the ADA National Championship if he was in Las Vegas at the same time. Andrew checked out the site and checked the dates for the event but unfortunately he was not going to be in town at the same time as the Championship.
So he changed his trip dates to be in Vegas at the same time as the American Darters Association.
The ADA home office staff and crew arrives at the beginning of the week to set up the ballroom and Wednesday offers members events to warm up members before the Championship officially kicks off on Thursday morning. As registration and payout was setting up Wednesday morning an older gentleman walked in and asked when the events were going to start. He said he was here to watch darts in the states. Tiffany Paschedag, one of the ADA home office staff told him he didn’t just have to watch that he could become an ADA member and play in certain events through out the weekend. Immediately she signed him up for the Steel tip Warm-up Cricket Singles. He was in the Top 32.
Then he signed up for Wednesday Open Draw Doubles Steel tip and placed 2nd place with Tim Sopp from Texas. Thursday he returned for Open Draw Doubles Steel tip and placed 7th-8th with partner Raynell Moody from Louisiana. Friday he signed up for Open Draw Doubles Steel tip and took 3rd with Mr. Charlie Graf III from Louisiana. By Saturday afternoon most Steel tip members recognized him and were not surprised when he took 1st place in the Open Draw Doubles with Garland ‘Gary’ Wallace from Virginia.
I should mention that where Andrew is from – Whyalla Australia – they do not play Cricket. He said he was contacting all of his friends back home telling them about this game that is included in the draw and said ‘I will have to show them how to play it when I get back’. Andrew will return to Australia with more than just knowledge of a new dart game. He will be filled with memories of his American dart experience and multiple trophies from a dart event that he was just planning on watching instead of participating.
The ADA is very fortunate to have people from all over the world interested in our association. We look forward to having Andrew at future events and hope to see him at next year’s National Championship. From the ADA staff many thanks for attending!