Hi everyone. I haven’t seen an official statement regarding this yet but thought I would give you a heads-up regarding the PDC World Series of Darts Qualifiers for the Auckland, Brisbane and Melbourne Masters events in August.
The PDC have instructed that all New Zealand qualifiers for the above events are to be held during the week of the Clubs NZ National Championships in Invercargill in July. Our information is that the Monday and Tuesday prior to Wednesday’s Mixed Pairs will be utilised, in addition to the Friday and possibly Sunday, although I have not heard confirmation on this. This means that there will be no Auckland Masters Qualifiers at Swanson as in previous years. This has come directly from the PDC, not from the DPNZ or Clubs NZ, as the PDC is the owner of the WSOD events and any associated qualifications.
Additionally, the PDC has not yet advised how many wildcards will be offered to players for these events, therefore the number of qualifications available is not yet final. I will advise as soon as I learn of confirmations unless an official statement is made from the PDC or DPNZ.
I just wanted to make sure everyone knew before booking flights and accommodation as I know of several who are already doing so.
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This year, MOD 2018, along with the $40,000+ prize money we will be offering the winner of our Mad on Darts tour the prize of an all expenses paid trip to Q School in January 2019. The prize will be awarded after our extra special finals night event in December. The finals night will be made up of the top 16 players in our new combined rankings (Men,Ladies,Youth). There will also be a stage final for our top youth players (under 24) and our top ladies. All stage finalists will receive a $$$ prize. There will be more details to follow over the coming weeks but I can announce or first few venues where you can pick up ranking points. Auckland 24/25th Feb, Timaru 24/25th March, Gisborne 14/15th April, Te Kuiti 19/20th May…… with more to follow. I will announce some terms and conditions for the finals night in the next few days too……Mad on Darts, the future is bright, the future is Mad on Darts.
Kiwi darts player Cody Harris misses out on tour card at PDC Qualifying School
Kiwi darts player Cody Harris has missed out on a Professional Darts Cooperation [PDC] tour card after four days of Qualifying School in Wigan.
Needing to put in a strong performance on the final day, the 32-year-old lost in the fourth round, ending his hopes, for now, of claiming a two-year tour card.
Harris breezed through the first three rounds, with 5-2 wins against Kelvin Hart, Paul Milford and Rob Hewson respectively but couldn’t repeat that form in the round of 64 where he lost 5-0 to Adam Huckvale.
The Aucklander was looking to become New Zealand’s first professional darts player, competing against more than 600 competitors fighting for one of 33 two-year tour cards on offer at the ‘Q-School’.
Over the four day event, there were eight tour cards guaranteed for Wigan, while four were allocated to the Hildesheim school. The remaining 21 were handed out based off the order of merit.
Harris finished in a tie for 79th overall standings.
It has been a tough week for the father of five since arriving in the UK.
He lost his luggage en route to Wigan and as a result, needed to grab some new darts. On day one, he lost in the third round, day two he suffered a second-round exit and suffered another third-round exit on day three.
Despite missing out on a tour card, Harris will enter the Challenge Tour event on January 28 and 29 (NZ time). He will then enter the UK Open Qualifiers triple header which starts the following weekend.