REVENGE was certainly sweet for Buxton ladies darts star Lorraine Farlam as she put the disappointment of her Lakeside debut behind her by winning the Scottish Open — for the second year in a row.
Farlam saw off Irina ‘Ice Baby’ Armstrong 4-3 in the best-of-seven leg final of the BDO invitation event at the Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel in Renfrew last month to repeat her success of 2010.
By defeating Armstrong, the mother-of-two, of Dale Road, banished memories of her first appearance at the Lakeside World Championships in January, when she was dumped out of the first round by the Russian.
“It was a brilliant achievement to win the Scottish Open again. They are looking to see if anyone has won it twice in the row before. I could be the first,” Farlam told the Advertiser.
“I felt a bit crushed after the Lakeside because my performance was poor and I just couldn’t hit my doubles, so it was satisfying to beat Irina in the final.
“There was quite a lot of pressure on me as defending champion, but I shrugged that off. And it just confirms to me that I can do it.”
En-route to the final, Farlam won her group and saw off three Scottish internationals, surviving a few scares in the process.
“It was a close final,” she explained. “I managed to get it back to three legs all and then we had to bull-up in the decider.
“I played extremely well and then left her well behind.”
Not content with her success in the ladies singles, Farlam also lifted the ladies pairs title with Anastasia Dobromyslova, and reached the semi-finals of the mixed triples alongside Dean Winstanley and Brian Dawson.
After reaching a career-high ranking of number eight in the world last season, Farlam, who plays her domestic darts for Cheshire, is setting her sights on breaking into the top five.
She is lining up a number of tournaments over the coming weeks, including the Isle of Man and the Mariflex Open.
And the 35-year-old beauty therapist and hairdresser has also received another England call-up ahead of the home internationals in Fleetwood next month.
In order to compete on the world circuit, Farlam is searching for new sponsors, as it costs her in the region of £4,500 a year in travel and accommodation costs
She is currently supported by local firm RMW Bathroom and Kitchens, and anyone who would like to offer their assistance can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.