Marlise "Mojo" Kiel - Cleveland, Ohio
Marlise is a talented player with world class experience, a jet-setter who frequently travels America and abroad looking for a chance to compete at the game she loves.
She was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland and grew up there before moving to Cleveland, Ohio when she was 10 years old, she still lives there today. She first discovered darts in 2000 when some guys from work invited her out to play. She was soon asked to join their team and started playing in the local league. This area has long been an established hotbed for steel tip darts so she was constantly playing good competition as she developed her game.
She played her first tournament in Cleveland in 2004 and earned a 2nd place 501 finish which got her motivated to play more state and regional events. In 2006 she joined a local women's singles league where she was exposed to ladies that took the game seriously, a year later she won her first singles title at the Top Dawg Open in Cleveland. In 2009 Marlise started going to international events, playing in the Northern Ireland Open, near her Dad's home, so she makes this trip most years. She also played in Shanghai that year which really changed her perspective of the game. She was amazed by the culture of the Chinese people, the ceremonies and how they honor the game and it's players.
Motivated by her international experiences she came back home and started playing ADO National Qualifiers and earn a trip to Las Vegas for the Cricket Nationals her first time out. In 2010 she became a regular in these national playoffs and through most of 2011 she was ranked #1 in the ADO rankings which earned her a spot on the US Team for the 2011 Winmau World Masters. She loves traveling and the international events but it was the honor of representing America that really meant something to her and she looks forward to doing it again.
For the last 19 years Marlise has worked in the airline industry, which comes in handy when she travels. When she not working or playing darts she enjoys the beach, snorkeling, gardening, cooking and hanging out with good friends and her pets.
Marlise's Walk on Song
2001 - A Space Odyssey