As all eyes turned to Wigan and Hildesheim this past weekend, PDC Qualifying School returned as hundreds of hopefuls attempted to earn a two-year PDC tour card. From an MDA Promotions perspective, the likes of Kyle McKinstry, William Borland, Karel Sedlacek, Stephen Burton, Kevin Burness, Nathan Rafferty, Shane McGuirk, Scott Hope and Carl Batchelor entered the fray in hope of securing a PDC tour card.
Congratulations go to Karel Sedlacek from the Czech Republic and William Borland from Scotland who managed to secure a two-year PDC tour card. The Czech ace Sedlacek, who’s also known as ‘Evil Charlie’ managed to win his tour card outright after winning the European Q-School event on Saturday – defeating the likes of Stefari Hielscher (5-0), Michel Furlani (5-0), Levy Fraunfelder (5-4), Andreas Harrysson (5-4), Dragutin Pecnjak (5-2), Daniel Larsson (5-0), Steffen Siepmann (5-2), Michael Hurts (5-3) and Berry van Peer (5-1).
As for Borland, the Scot finished in seventh position in the overall Qualifying School order of merit, picking up twelve points – which was enough to see Borland earn a PDC tour card for the first time in his career. After a frustrating first couple of days, Borland really produced some fantastic form in the final two days in Wigan – enjoying a run to the quarter-finals on day three, losing out to Jeff Smith who averaged 103.6 en route. Then on the final day of action in Wigan, Borland still relied on a strong run to guarantee himself a place in the top 12. Another strong run by the Scot, reaching the last 32, was enough to secure the youngster a two-year PDC tour card. In the last 64, Borland enjoyed a memorable 5-0 victory over the impressive Australian, Damon Heta – who averaged 113 earlier on in the week during a qualifying school match.
Despite not winning a PDC tour-card, the likes of Stephen Burton, who came mightily close to securing a place on-tour, Kyle McKinstry, Kevin Burness, Nathan Rafferty, Shane McGuirk, Scott Hope and Carl Batchelor couldn’t quite cement their places on the PDC pro-tour.
As previously mentioned, Stephen Burton came mightily close to securing his place on the pro-tour circuit – moving within just one victory of a tour card on the final day of action in Wigan after a great run on day four. The Irish trio of Rafferty, Burness and McKinstry fell just short, lacking a bit consistency over the four days – producing some great spells over the four days. Scott Hope and Carl Batchelor showed signs of promise, but not enough to secure a place on the PDC full-time circuit.
Following the conclusion of PDC Qualifying School, we made an announcement regarding our players and what events they’ll be competing in.
PDC pro-tour: Daryl Gurney, James Wilson, Benito van de Pas, Vincent van der Meer, Jamie Hughes, Karel Sedlacek, William Borland, Harry Ward.
PDC challenge tour: Kyle McKinstry, Stephen Burton, Kevin Burness, Nathan Rafferty, Shane McGuirk, Scott Hope, Carl Batchelor.
PDC development tour: Harry Ward, Nathan Girvan, Nathan Rafferty, Scott Hope, William Borland.