Terry Hayhurst is a top ranked Professional Canadian Dart Player. Born in Brantford, Ontario, he has risen on the Canadian Dart circuit, and is rated No#1 in Canada. He is recognized as one of the best in Canada by NDFC(National Dart Federation of Canada) His accomplishments include winning the Canadian nationals in 2009, and the Canadian Open in 2010. He has represented Canada numerous times overseas, and most recently competed in the BDF World Cup in Ireland, and British Open, in Hull, England.
The young darts star started his life's journey at the age of 7. Terry's family involved him into baseball at a young age, seeing his natural hand/eye co-ordination, figuring he will make, in the future a fantastic professional baseball star. Terry was living up to his expectations, being one of the best players in the inter-county league for AAA ball. He then widened his range making the 2nd overall draft for the 2000 junior Olympics held in Hamilton, Ontario. The young man was living his dream at the age of only 15 years old, representing his country in the Olympics. Canada lost in the semi finals to Cuba. 2000 was a big year for the young man, as he entered a Canadian pitching contest and came out on top throwing a 93 MPH fast ball down "THE PIPE". The Seattle Mariners had their young prospect in the site. Terry went on to trying out for the Welland Thunder Cats Junior team in 2001. Being only the age of 1 in this year. the absolute minimum was 21 years of age for the cut. Welland excepted his tryout, knowing that he was ineligible to make the cut, but had a surprise in store for him. Later on he was told he made the cut for the team!!!!. At this specific tryout they had a scout from a league called the mickey mantel baseball league. This league consisted of the elite of elite players throughout the country 18 being the youngest on the team, with the exception of Terry. Team Canada would travel in the off season, being in the winter months, to South America and play against all the elite teams there. They had major league coaches, trainers, and facilities to practice in, in Florida and California. What a chance of a lifetime. Terry agreed to the tryouts, feeling confident that this was the year his life would change and that he was about to set the path for his life. Upon his first tryout, near the end Terry was taken aside and asked to come back for the rest of the weeks tryouts. Naturally he excepted. Now this is where it gets even better!!!. Prior to this particular season, Terry's family had suggested that he threw darts during the winter to keep him competitive for the summer. Terry thought this would be a great opportunity to keep his hand/eye co-ordination sharp, so he agreed to this idea with excitement. He was the 11 years of age at that point. To this day if you ask him where he has received his ability, he credits his parents ( Jeff Hayhurst & Sherri Hayhurst ) and his first love....Baseball. On the last day of his tryouts Terry was once again taken aside, and was told that he was already picked 2nd overall draft for the elite team. A feeling of overwhelmed excitement ran through his whole body. He was told that he was going to be an under draft for the Mariners and that the organization was putting him through training and private schooling. He mentioned to the coach that he was playing darts and that he enjoyed it so much that he wasn't ready to just throw it away. Terry had already been to the Canadian National Championships 4 times, winning 11 out of 12 gold medals possible. The Hayhurst family when you get to know them, are not pushy individuals by any means, so naturally Jeff and Sherri let their son make up his own path. Unfortunately, at this time it bit Terry in the butt. The coach had to tell him that he had to be 110% committed to baseball, and that there would be no room for extracurricular activities. Terry, who worked so hard up to this point in his life, for this moment, denied what was to be, an $8,000,000 rookie signing contract when he turned 18. Darts it is!!!!.
Terry became the youngest junior darts player to win a national title, at only the age of 12. From that point on the young star represented his Province at the Canadian Nationals, 8 consecutive years, winning 7 consecutive provincial titles. The provincial champion then went on to win 5 more National singles titles and ending his junior career, winning the first triple crown in the youth....in his home town!!! YOUTH GOLD MEDALS = 5 National singles, 8 National doubles titles, 2 National mixed doubles titles, 8 National team titles, 8 Canada cup titles...11 qualified world championships. At the age of 15 Terry's range in the darts world began to become wider, as he started to travel to the United States to gain early international experience. The USA DARTS CLASSIC was his first big win to start his darts career off. He was there representing Canada in the Can-Am face off when he decided to play in the adult part of the weekend. This was a special weekend for all players there, due to it also being the ADO National 501 Championships. The intriguing Canadian star prevailed winning his first adult major singles title. From that day on He started to win titles all over North America. At 19 years old, Terry set yet another record being the youngest to win one of the hardest tournaments in the continent, the Dominion National double in/double out Championships. to get to the dominions it is next to impossible to do. You must play 4 qualifying weekends with, approximately 12 people per section, with 4 sections and only 1 making it through each section. Format is made up of playing each person in your section 1 game of 501 double in/double out, and the start is decided by a flip of a coin. Once to Dominion finals the format changes to 3 games, and total points wins the title. In 2004 Terry was talked into going to the prestige PDC tier 2 tournament held in Montreal, Quebec called, LE Scratch OPEN, by his hometown friend Clive Eynon ( Canadian PDC REP. and bulls eye news editor and REP ). Clive set up an exhibition for Terry at the British isle show held at the Exhibition place in Toronto, Ontario with PDC professional caller Russ Bray, when Phil Taylor was unable to show. What shoes to fill for Terry!!!. The event went great, with FAN 590 and HOTSHOTS both doing interviews with the two of them. The format of play at LE SKRATCH is as followed- 12 players per section, play each player 5 games, total points calculated, top 4 to go through to first round knock out. Terry made his knock out section in the last spot, 4th place. Mick Manning was his first round draw. That year Mick was ranked in the top 32 in the PDC world ranking, this match was sure to be a battle to the end. There was no doubt about it. The match went right to the final leg being the first player to win 6 legs/games for the match. Terry came out on top of that nail biting match 6-5 knocking Mick out in the first round. Don King from Toronto, Ontario and good friend of Terry's, was the "THE TITANS" second round. After the first round nerves went through Terry, he settled in and played as we all know he cans winning the match 6-0. Now was the final 16 players for the tournament and yours truly was still in. This next match you could here everyone joking around, behind the match, trying to make bets on the match that Terry was going to win....Yes your right, Terry was playing Terry Jenkings from England. The Canadian was flying high with adrenaline at this point and it showed as he ran the table with Jenks winning 6-0. This next part of the story, made up Terry's decision to become a professional darts player. If you recall John Part had just become world champion yet again, just 4 months before. quarter finals= Terry Hayhurst vs John part. The match started as most thought it would with John taking an early lead 2-0. Something must have clicked in Terry's head because, the unthinkable happened. Terry through almost a 98 average to beat out the reigning world champion 6-2 Semi-finals was up next and Terry was due to take on Colin "JAWS" Lloyd. Colin was on form that day finishing Terry's run 6-3, and in fact winning the $5000 1st place prize.
In May 2009, Terry had his first NDFC Canadian Adult National Championships. Records have been set by many of people throughout the years of playing darts, I honestly have to say that I don't know anyone who has set and still holds 3 records for being the youngest player to win 3 different National championships. Bernie Miller was Terry's final opponent on his route to winning the 2009 Nationals in Quebec. From that day on, for the 2009/2010 season, Terry help the #1 position right through for 12 months, winning 9 of 10 recorded tournaments guaranteeing a spot for 2 years representing Canada at the BDO World Masters in Hull, England. Terry also secured a position on the WDF World Cup team in Castlebar, England.
Terry is currently ranked 3rd in Canada (NDFC) 3rd in North America 22nd in BDO World Rankings
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