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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.
Two-time Lakeside Championship semi-finalist Hughes narrowly missed out on a Tour Card in January 2018 before strong performances on the Unicorn Challenge Tour, including one event win, earned him a place in ProTour events in September and October.
The Tipton thrower was in top form on the opening day of action at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre, kicking off with wins over Jamie Barrowman, Sean Bell, John Bryan and Scott Dale to reach the Last 32.
There, Hughes produced sensational averages of 109.8, 109.3 and 108.5 to see off Callan Rydz, Kevin Thomas and Dafydd Edwards, before a resounding 5-1 win over Kirk Shepherd secured his status as a full-time professional on the PDC circuit for 2019 and 2020.
“When I have played on the ProTour I’ve been losing with ton-plus averages so that showed me where my game needs to be at and today I think I produced the standard you need to be at to compete.
“For 21-year-old Ward it was success at his fifth Qualifying School attempt, having competed on the Unicorn Development Tour and Challenge Tour since 2014.
- CLICK HERE For the event brief, hotels and travel UK Q-School
- CLICK HERE For the 2019 European Tour Qualifying information.
- CLICK HERE For the 2019 UK Open information.
Registration at Q-School Thur 17th – Sun 20th January:
8.00am-9.30am – Doors will open at 8.00am to players and any guests and registration is open to all entrants.
9.30am – Registration closes, any player not registered by 9.30am will not be in the draw for the that day.
Play will start 30 minutes after draw is displayed in the venue, but will be no later than 10.30am
Following your confirmed entry, the PDPA will contact you via your registered email address to complete your PDPA Membership.
- The UK Qualifying School will play down to the final two players on each day, to give eight automatic Tour Cards.
- The European Qualifying School four automatic Tour Cards are Niels Zonneveld, Mike van Duivenbode, Cristian Bunse and Darius Labanaskas.
The remaining Tour Cards will be awarded to players based on positions in the Qualifying School Order of Merit on a pro-rata basis across the UK and European Qualifying Schools with 11 from the UK and 7 from Europe to complete the 128 PDC Tour Cards.
UK Q-School OoM Top 15=
|15||Martin Atkins (Wigan)||3|