Darters Jules van Dongen of Meerssen and Luc Peters of Nieuw-Bergen receive a Tour Card with the Darts Association PDC on the third day of the final stage of the Q-School (Qualifying School) in Niedernhausen, Germany.
Peters won all seven of his games on Friday and thus became the winner today. Van Dongen has accumulated enough points in recent days and thus can no longer be confined to the final classification, which is placed by performance on all match days.
During the last phase of Q-school, a total of 128 darts players from all over Europe competed for a total of 15 Tour tickets. The four day winners will get one; 11 Tour tickets that go to the best players on all match days. With this card, players can participate in the PDC Darts Association floor tournaments for two years, in order to force placement in major television tournaments such as the World Cup, World Matchplay Championship, and World Grand Prix.
Luke Peters didn’t get a single point in the standings until Friday, but he made up for it with an overall win. Belgian darts player Mario Vandenbojerde had to bend 6-4 in the final. Last year Peters actually took part in the Challenge Tour, a PDC level two competition.
Jules van Dongen reached the Q-school final on Thursday, narrowly losing to Belgian Brian Raman (6-4). As a result, he was almost sure of getting a tour ticket. On Friday, he scored an extra point by defeating Germany’s Andrew Peyton (6-2) and Jacques Laprey of France (6-1). With this, Meerssenaar, who has been living in the US since 2013 and playing for that country, was awarded a tour card.
Van Dongen already had a particularly good streak on the US Tour last season. This brought it close to the last PDC World Championships in London. Due to his PDC performance, Van Dongen has to miss the WDF Darts Association World Championships, which will take place in April at the famous Lakeside Country Club. I’ve qualified for this before.
The other two finalists from Limburg, Vinlonarin Jerry Hendricks and Davey Brousten, are in the lower areas of the standings three days later. They need a stellar run on Saturday, the last day, to secure a tour ticket.
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