Sponsored by Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery and Five Acre Farms, the David C. Johnson is one of the highest prize money events on the SDA Pro Tour with a prize money purse of $40,000. Two rounds of qualifying played out Tuesday night and Wednesday morning sending four teams to complete the sixteen-team main draw. The first round of the main draw play will be split between Wednesday evening and Thursday.
Defending champions and joint world No. 1’s Damien Mudge & Ben Gould lead the draw as top seeds in search of their sixth title of the season, and second $40,000 title. Opposing the Australians are Trinity alums Yvain Badan, world No. 3, and Manek Mathur, world No. 4, who look to add their second title of the season to their $40,000 PDC Cup title. Badan and Mathur are seeded to meet fellow Bantams Jonny Smith, world No. 6, and Mike Ferreira, world No. 8, in the semifinals. 2014 finalist Clive Leach, world No. 5, returns as the four seed with his Big Apple Open-winning partner John Russell, world No. 7.
In 1938, Ned Bigelow started an open doubles championship at the Heights Casino. It was the first tournament that allowed professionals to participate and paid them if they won. Until the 1960’s, the the Heights Casino tournament was the only open professional doubles tournament. In 1965, it was memorialized after David C. Johnson, Jr., who was one of the tournament’s driving forces.
As the locally-sponsored Sixpoint brew flowed freely at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn, New York, so did the game play of joint world No. 1’s Damien Mudge & Ben Gould as they won their third title of 2014 and the final $40,000 Platinum tournament of the season—The David C. Johnson Jr. Memorial—without dropping a game.
The Australian World Doubles champions found a vocal crowd against them in the semifinals versus local qualifiers Michael Ferreira & Whitten Morris. Ferreira—currently housed by a Heights Casino member after returning stateside from living in Hong Kong—& Morris—a club member—won two qualifying matches to reach the main draw including a five-game qualifying final win over Phil Barker & Bernardo Samper. Continue reading →
In an overpowering display of excellence, Damien Mudge and Ben Gould swept to victory without losing a game in the 65th annual edition of the David Johnson Memorial Invitational at Heights Casino in Brooklyn. Mudge, incredibly, has now won this event TWELVE straight years (six with Gary Waite and three each with Viktor Berg and now Gould) — nearly double the run by any other player in an SDA tournament — and he and Gould were aided by both history’s sustenance and a draw that enabled them to keep playing opponents coming off draining, route-going matches. Continue reading →