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.
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We would love for everyone to join us in wishing Mick ‘Lone Wolf’ Lacey the best of luck as he and his family depart our fair land, only to return to the land of kangaroos and other funny things.
If you’re hanging around town on Sunday 21 January 2018 at 11am, head down to the club for the SAYONARA ‘LONE WOLF’ SINGLES.
$10 per player – entries paid out as prizes
Check in 11:00am and Start at 12:00pm West City Darts Association, Glen Road, Ranui, Auckland
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Great to see two kiwis playing in the International Pro dart series in Australia. Tahuna Irwin is playing tonight in the Brisbane tournament and Stu is playing on the 17th January in the Gold Coast tournament. I am not sure how they select the players but thought they might have given NZ at least a single representative in the other tournaments of the series as well. Considering Kiwis have a fair share of wins when they travel and play in Australia. The draw is below;
1 Andy Hamilton v Lewis Kirk
2 Johnny K v Rhys Mathewson
3 Jamie Harvey v Robbie King
4 Russell Stewart v Tic Bridge
5 Devon Peterson v Raymond O’Donnell
6 Kyle Anderson v Tahuna Irwin
7 Simon Whitlock v Lucas Cameron
8 Phil Taylor v Raymond Smith
1 Jamie Harvey v Steven Macarthur
2 Russell Stewart v Brad Thorp
3 Johnny K v Robbie King
4 Andy Hamilton v Gg Mathers
5 Devon Peterson v Lucas Cameron
6 Kyle Anderson v Rhys Mathewson
7 Simon Whitlock v Stuart Leach
8 Phil Taylor v Tic Bridge