The entries for the opening weekend of the 2019 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour are now available.
PDPA Associate Members who did not win a Tour Card at the 2019 PDC Qualifying Schools can participate in the 20 Challenge Tour events this year. Each weekend features four tournaments, with two per day across Saturday and Sunday.
The opening weekend of the year will take place on January 26-27 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan. Entries are now available through the PDC Entry System.
Entry costs £50 per event, with entries closing at 14.00 GMT on Friday January 25th.
The first CTOoM Table will be shown following the weekends 4 events, this table will be used for eligibility for ET Qualifiers and Players Championship events (128 Top Ups) please see Challenge Tour information below.
Day 4 (Final Day) The Final UK QSOoM Table is at the bottom of this page. The fourth and final day of action saw almost 400 players return for one last chance to win a coveted two-year Tour Card, with the final two players from each day winning a Tour Card automatically.
Ranking points were allocated to players throughout the event to form the UK Q School Order of Merit, with three-time Lakeside Champion Durrant among the 11 players to secure a Tour Card via this method.
Competing in his first Q School, Durrant suffered early exits on the opening two days of play, before Saturday’s semi-final was backed up with a run to the last 16 on Sunday to seal his status as a PDC professional for 2019 and 2020.
“This is as good as winning the Lakeside Championship,” said former Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Durrant. “I’m going through so many emotions right now, I’m so happy and relieved to get through because there was so much pressure on me to do this.
“When I looked around the venue I noticed that a lot of people were watching my matches, and I also put a lot of pressure on myself. “Thankfully I got the job done and I’m immensely proud of what I’ve achieved. Now I’m looking forward to my exciting future with the PDC.”
Durrant was defeated by Kirk Shepherd (pictured left) in the last 16, with the former World Championship runner-up going on to record wins over Darren Beveridge and Kevin Painter to seal an automatic Tour Card.
“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in darts, I’m so relieved to have won my Tour Card back,” said Shepherd. “The standard is so high now, I don’t think I averaged below 90 in many games which is the standard you have to be at to compete, so I’m pleased with how I played.”
Shepherd was joined by another former Tour Card holder, Nathan Derry (pictured right) in the winner’s circle thanks to an impressive 5-1 defeat of Joe Murnan in the final four. Strong displays over the four days from Jonathan Worsley saw him top the Q School Order of Merit to win back his Tour Card, while Carl Wilkinson and Gavin Carlin won theirs for the first time.
Experienced Welshman Barrie Bates was also successful in the 11th and final qualifying place, returning to the professional tour for the first time in eight years. There were immediate returns to the ProTour for Joe Murnan and Jamie Bain, while Lakeside Championship quarter-finalist Conan Whitehead also returning to the PDC circuit.
Former UK Open semi-finalist David Pallett, Adrian Gray and Andy Boulton also secured their Tour Cards via the Q School Order of Merit. Among the players who narrowly missed out on the qualifying places were Challenge Tour event winner Cameron Menzies, former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter and World Championship competitor Lisa Ashton.
2019 PDC UK Qualifying School Day Four Last 16 Nathan Derry 5-3 Barry Lynn Nathan Rafferty 5-2 Lisa Ashton Joe Murnan 5-2 Mark Barilli Martin O’Boyle 5-2 Thomas Gregory Gavin Carlin 5-3 Jason Cullen Kevin Painter 5-3 Ryan Murray Darren Beveridge 5-0 Joshua Burksfield Kirk Shepherd 5-3 Glen Durrant
Quarter-Finals Nathan Derry 5-4 Nathan Rafferty Joe Murnan 5-3 Martin O’Boyle Kevin Painter 5-4 Gavin Carlin Kirk Shepherd 5-3 Darren Beveridge
Semi-Finals Nathan Derry 5-1 Joe Murnan Kirk Shepherd 5-2 Kevin Painter
Day 3 – Matt Clark and Reece Robinson claimed Tour Cards on Day Three of the 2019 PDC UK Qualifying School in Wigan on Saturday.
The third of four days of action saw almost 400 players return to battle it out to win a coveted two-year Tour Card, with the final two players from each day winning a Tour Card automatically and ranking points allocated to other players to form the UK Q School Order of Merit.
Current Top of UK QSOoM Table after Day 3Day 2 – The second of four days of action saw almost 400 players battle it out to win a coveted two-year Tour Card.
Competing in his first Q School, former BDO number one McGeeney came agonisingly close to winning a Tour Card on the first day of action, suffering defeat in the semi-finals but went one better on Day Two edging out Carl Wilkinson 5-4 to attain his all-important Tour Card.
Baker, who has competed in the last two stagings of the Lakeside Championship, was also successful in his first attempt at Q School.
Day 1 – Jamie Hughes and Harry Ward were the two winners of PDC Tour Cards on Day One of the 2019 PDC UK Qualifying School in Wigan on Thursday.
The first of four days of action saw almost 400 players battle it out to secure a coveted two-year Tour Card, with the final two players from each day winning a Tour Card automatically and ranking points allocated to other players to form the UK Q School Order of Merit.
Final UK QSOoM Table TBC _____________________________________________________________________
CLICK HERE For the event brief, hotels and travel UK Q-School
CLICK HERE For the 2019 European Tour Qualifying information.
Following your confirmed entry, the PDPA will contact you via your registered email address to complete your PDPA Membership.
TOUR CARDS PDC QS 2019 (30)
European QS (4): 1-Niels Zonneveld 2-Mike van Duivenbode 3-Cristian Bunse 4-Darius Labanauskas European QSOoM Table (7) 5-Madars Razma 6-Marko Kantele 7-Yordi Meeuwisse 8-Vincent van der Meer 9-John Michael 10-Jose de Sousa 11-Maik Kuivenhoven
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MADARS RAZMA headlines the seven players who have secured PDC Tour Cards via the European Qualifying School Order of Merit, with entries for the UK Qualifying School now confirmed.
The beginning of January saw 249 players compete at Halle 39 in Hildesheim, Germany, as Niels Zonneveld, Mike van Duivenbode, Christian Bunse and Darius Labanauskas won Tour Cards outright over the four days of competition.
A total of 397 players have entered the UK Qualifying School, which will be held from January 17-20 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan, with the number of Tour Cards on offer divided on a pro-rata basis in relation to tournament entries.
There will be 19 Tour Cards on offer for UK Qualifying School and 11 for European Qualifying School, meaning the top seven players on the European Qualifying School Order of Merit will join the four already-qualified European players.
The European Qualifying School Order of Merit was topped by Latvia’s Razma, who reached the final of a Players Championship event in 2018. Experienced Finnish player Marko Kantele is joined by Dutch pair Yordi Meeuwisse and Vincent Van der Meer, while there is a return to the PDC circuit for Greek number one John Michael.
Portugal’s Jose De Sousa also competed at Alexandra Palace in December, with Maik Kuivenhoven sealing the seventh and final place to make it five Dutch additions to the PDC circuit in 2019.
Follow DartConnect and pdc.tv from January 17-20 for live results from UK Qualifying School, which starts at 1030 GMT each day.
Final Tour Card Winners from European Qualifying School Order of Merit
Vincent Van der Meer
Jose De Sousa
Review of the 2019 European Qualifying School below:
Lithuanian Darius Labanauskas earned a PDC Tour Card as he won the final day of 2019 European Qualifying School on Sunday in Hildesheim.
Labanauskas, who famously defeated Raymond Van Barneveld last month at the William Hill World Championship, clinched glory in Hildesheim with a final victory over another Dutchman in Vincent Van der Meer.
The Lithuanian joined Niels Zonneveld, Mike Van Duivenbode and Christian Bunse in winning Tour Cards outright with tournament triumphs during the four day event, which had 249 entries.
This was Labanauskas’ last chance at securing full-time status on the PDC circuit for the next two years, and only a win was required. The remaining players will form the QSOoM Table with the top players from this table also earning a Tour Card, the amount available will be confirmed on the UK Q-School deadline day ‘Tuesday 15th January 2pm’
For the 2019 European Tour Qualifying details CLICK HERE For the 2019 UK Open Information CLICK HERE
Day 4 – Sunday 6th January
Quarter Finals Toon Greebe 3-5 Vincent van de Meer Jyhan Artut 2-5 Yordi Meeuwisse Thibault Tricole 0-5 Darius Labanuaskas Kevin Munch 2-5 Madars Razma
Semi Finals Vincent van de Meer 5-3 Yordi Meeuwisse Darius Labanuaskas 5-2 Madars Razma
Final Vincent van de Meer 3-5 Darius Labanuaskas For the full results follow tv.dartconnect.com ____________________________________________________________________________
Day 3 – Saturday 5th January
The third PDC Tour Card of the European Qualifying School went to German youth star Cristian Bunse, who beat Pavel Jirkalin in todays final from Germany.
The German youngster, who reached three finals on the PDC Unicorn Development Tour in 2018, secured full-time status on the PDC circuit by triumphing at Halle 39 on the day before his 24th birthday.
Quarter Finals Boris Koltsov 5-0 Niels Heinsøe Cristian Bunse 5-2 Nico Blum Kenny Neyens 5-1 Jose de Sousa Pavel Jirkal 5-4 Jesús Noguera
Semi Finals Boris Koltsov 3-5 Cristian Bunse Kenny Neyens 2-5 Pavel Jirkal
Final Cristian Bunse 5-2 Pavel Jirkal For the full results follow tv.dartconnect.com ____________________________________________________________________________
Day 2 – Friday 4th January:
Following Thursday’s Day One success for Netherlands youth star Niels Zonneveld, another Netherlands youth player Mike van Duivenbode beat Latvias Madars Razma on a last leg decider 5-4.
He came back from 4-2 down. Van Duivenbode like Zonnerveld was another Development Tour winner last year. Canadas Jeff Smith and Finlands Markko Kantele were Semi Finalists
Quarter Finals Marko Kantele 5-3 Karel Sedlacek Mike van Duivenbode 5-0 Dragutin Horvat Jeff Smith 5-3 Mike De Decker Madars Razma 5-2 Yordi Meeuwisse
Semi Finals Marko Kantele 3-5 Mike van Duivenbode Jeff Smith 3-5 Madars Razma
Final Mike van Duivenbode 5-4 Madars Razma For the full results follow tv.dartconnect.com ____________________________________________________________________________
Day 1 – Thursday 3rd January:
Dutch youngster Niels Zonneveld secured the first PDC Tour Card available at the 2019 European Qualifying School in Hildesheim, Germany.
The 20-year-old, who won a PDC Unicorn Development Tour event in 2018, battled through a field of 249 players and averaged 99 as he beat Christian Goedl 5-1 in the final.
Zonneveld, from Uitgeest in the Netherlands, took out 115 in the opening leg before breaking throw in the second. Austrian Goedl responded in the third, but was then powerless to resist the Dutchman as he clinched the next three legs to secure his tour card.
Quarter Finals Nico Schlund 5-3 Madars Razma Niels Zonneveld 5-3 Gergely Lakatos Christian Goedl 5-2 John Michael Hannes Schnier 5-3 Michael Rasztovits
Semi Finals Nico Schlund 3-5 Niels Zonneveld Christian Goedl 5-4 Hannes Schnier