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2018 PDC UK Open Darts Qualifiers – Who’s Made it to Minehead?

2018 PDC UK Open Darts Qualifiers  – Who’s Made it to Minehead?

The UK Open Amateur darts qualifying tournaments are well underway, with record fields attending Rileys Sports Bars throughout the UK.

Congratulations to all of those that have made it to the finals so far and a big thank you to everyone that participated so far, as well as all the organisers at each of the venues! We’ve had record fields! There is still time to get involved, click here for more information on how you can enter. 

Here is a list of the winners of the qualifying events. See you at Minehead!

Andrew Davidson – Rileys Greenock

Andrew Davidson won through at Rileys Greenock to book his place at Butlins Minehead for the third straight year. The youngster has enjoyed a solid year on the PDC Development Tour finishing in the top 40 of the Order of Merit and qualifying for the World Youth Championship. Davidson will have fond memories of the 2016 UK Open when he caused two upsets beating Jan Dekker and Cristo Reyes to reach the last 64, picking up £1,500 in the process. He missed out against fellow Rileys qualifier Lee Evans last year in a last leg decider.

Joe Davis – Rileys Victoria

Davis finished two places above Davidson in the PDC Youth Tour Order of Merit in 2017 eventually placing 37th. As a result he also qualified for the World Youth Championship back in November. 12 months ago, the Sussex based youngster qualified for the UK Open through the PDC Qualifiers in Wigan. A run to the last 32 in one of the events would prove enough, having defeated Rileys favourite Barry Lynn, Kai Fan Leung and Jamie Caven. He beat Paul Harvey before missing out to Ross Twell at Butlins Minehead. Coming through a field of 193 players at Rileys Victoria will surely stand him in good stead this time round.

Michael Burgoine – Rileys Victoria

Burger Boy Michael Burgoine booked his place at the UK Open for the third time. This will be his first appearance at the competition in five years. He has two appearances at the World Masters to his name and has been a regular on the Challenge Tour in recent years. He has two appearances at Bolton to his name, the former venue of the UK Open, where he reached the 2nd round on both occasions. He defeated UK Open ever present Alex Roy on the way to qualifying.

Andy Johnson – Rileys Chorlton

Andrew Johnstone Chorlton Q1

Southport’s Andy Johnson will be making his debut at the UK Open after seeing off Darren Latham in the final. Johnson has been a regular on the Challenge Tour in recent years and has attended the PDC qualifiers in the past where has picked up scalps of Steve West and Kyle Anderson.

Jason Mold – Rileys Norwich

Jason Mold booked his place at the UK Open for the fourth occasion after winning through at Norwich. Mold’s best result in the competition came in 2015, after enjoying wins over Jamie Robinson and Matt Edgar to scoop £1,500.

Tony Mitchell – Rileys Nottingham

Tony Mitchell came through a field of 131 players at Nottingham to secure a return to the UK Open for the first time in a decade. When he last competed at the competition he made it past the 1st round before being defeated by Alan Warriner-Little – who will be commentating on the event for the ITV Sports.

Ian Jopling – Rileys Twickenham

Much like Mitchell, Ian Jopling’s win at Twickenham also secured him a return to the UK Open for the first time in many years. The former Tour Card holder will return to the tournament for the first time since 2009. He has two previous appearances to his name and will be aiming to progress past the 2nd round which is best result. In recent times, he won the Gibraltar Open in 2016 and reached the last eight of Swiss Open.

Mark Craddock and Liam Kelly – Rileys Wolverhampton

Mark Craddock and Liam Kelly won through in a field of nearly 200 competitors to book their place at Butlins Minehead. In a record field for a Rileys event, both men held firm in a tough day for the duo.

Craddock will be making his UK Open debut after defeating Neil Steventon and Chris Stokes. He is no stranger to big tournament darts, having competed in many category A BDO events in the past, most recently reaching the last 64 of the England and Scottish Opens.

Dudley’s Liam Kelly is a former Tour Card Holder and last played in the UK Open in 2012 where he beat Shayne Burgess and Dave Ladley to reach the last 96.  Kelly survived a last leg decider against Terence Hancox before whitewashing former PDC Tour Card holder Mark Hylton 5-0 to take the spoils.

Paul Hogan – Rileys South Benfleet

What to say about Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan who qualified for his fifth UK Open at South Benfleet. There is something about this tournament that brings out the very best in the Basingstoke based player, he has picked up over £12k in prize money from this competition over the years. His runs to the last 32 in 2014 and 2015 will live long in the memory with victims including Benito van de Pas (twice!) and three-time World Champion John Part. But its 2017’s tournament that will stand out as one of the best runs achieved by a Rileys Qualifier in UK Open history. After solid wins over young guns Keegan Brown and Jamie Lewis, Hogan came into his own edging out two-time World Champion Gary Anderson in a final leg decider. Things got even better in the last 32 when he defeated Adrian Lewis 10-6, before eventually bowing out 10-6 to Gerwyn Price. Right off Hogan at your peril!

Benjamin McClelland – Rileys Leicester

Mark Rice – Rileys Liverpool

Rice booked his place at the UK Open for the second time, qualifying again at Liverpool. Last time Rice drew Ronny Huybrechts in the opening round and played on the main stage live on ITV. The left-hander led 2-0 before eventually succumbing 6-3 to the Belgian.

Andy Hamilton – Rileys Worcester

What to say about the 2013 finalist who battled through a near 200 strong field in Worcester to secure a return to Butlins Minehead despite not having a Tour Card. Hamilton dropped off the main PDC Tour at the end of 2017, and decided not to do Q School in a bid to give himself the chance to compete in the Rileys Qualifiers and some BDO tournaments. The Hammer will be looking to make amends for missing the UK Open twelve months ago for the first time in thirteen years.

Harry Ward – Rileys Coventry

Another young prospect to look out is Harry Ward who was triumphant at Rileys Coventry. The former Lakeside Youth finalist is a regular fixture on the Youth and Challenge Tours – he reached the final of two PDC Youth Tour events in 2017. He also reached the last 32 of a Pro Tour event in the autumn and qualified for the European Darts Open last summer. He last qualified for the UK Open in 2016 where he beat Alan Tabern in the first round before losing out to Josh Payne.

Craig Winstanley – Rileys Chester

St Helens based darts players Craig won event 2 of the Rileys Chester darts weekend.

Simon Tate – Rileys Greenock

Simon Tate capped off a busy few weeks on the darts circuit by qualifying through at Rileys Greenock. Tate overcame Gary Stone in the Final, with the latter hitting a 9 dart leg en route to the finale. Tate will make his debut at Butlins Minehead, having been in regular action at Q School and the first weekend of Challenge Tour events in January.

Alex Roy – Riley Harlow

Alex, defending champion from Harlow`s UK Open qualifier in 2017, came and conquered Essex yet again. Qualifying for another UK Open, something not forgotten by the PDC.

Chris Lacey – Rileys Sheffield

Chris Lacey Sheffield

Dan Lee – Rileys Solihull

Martin Atkins – Rileys Chorlton

Martin made it a trio of Lancashire County A players to make it through the to the finals in Minehead, joining Andrew Johnson and David Airey.

Dan Read – Rileys Twickenham

Dan made it a second consecutive year at the UK Open finals, having qualified last year at Rileys Victoria. Dan will be hoping he can make it further than the last 128 this year. He hit two 140 checkouts last year against Jamie Caven playing on ITV4 in the tournament’s opening game.

Darryl Pilgrim & John Scott – Rileys Victoria

Darrly Pilgrim, takeny by Lamo the Lion Photography
Darryl Pilgrim, takeny by Lamo the Lion Photography

Croydon’s Darryl Pilgrim booked his place at the UK Open through Rileys Victoria for the 2nd year in a row. It means the Surrey County player is unbeaten at the venue in Qualifiers in 12 games. Pilgrim, missed out against Ben Green last year and will take on Ian Jopling this time round.

John Scott, taken by Lamo the Lion
John Scott, taken by Lamo the Lion

John Scott, came through a field of 162 players to secure his 4th UK Open appearance.  Middlesex’s Scott last qualified at Victoria at 2am in the morning with friend Alex Roy.
He will be reunited with UK Open ever present Roy, whom he will be rooming with at Butlins Minehead.

Scott Robertson – Rileys Aberdeen

Scott Robertson is back at the UK Open for the fourth time.
The Aberdeen Qualifier will have fond memories of the 2012 competition when he picked up £1000 for reaching the last 64.
He has also competed at the World Masters on two occassions.

Andrew Pullen – Rileys Wolverhampton

Andrew Pullen won through to make his UK Open debut. It was an emotional moment for the Worcestshire County player, after losing his dad (a former County player himself) in October. He plays fellow qualifier Mark Rice in the 1st round.

John Morris is a County player for the West Midlands and has been very active this  year already playing at Q School and the first weekend of Challenge Tour events. He will be debuting at the UK Open and takes on three-time World Champion John Part.

Andy Hibbert – Rileys Nottingham

Andy Hibbert’s perseverance finally in terms of UK Open Qualifiers, triumphing at Nottingham. Hibbert. A Leicestershire County player, entered the PDC Tour UK Open Qualifiers between 2011-13 but couldn’t make the breakthrough. Five years on however, he will line up against Ron Meulenkamp. In the past, Hibbert has come within two games of qualifying for Lakeside and once took two legs off a certain Phil Taylor in an MDA exhibition.

Darren Brown – Rileys Norwich

Darren Brown, competed at all 20 Challenge Tour events in 2017, the best result of which was a last 16. He does have wins over Dawson Murschell, Mareno Michels and Callan Rydz to his name in the past 12 months. He faces a tough test in the opening round against Paul Hogan.

Martin Briggs – Rileys Coventry

Currently 67th in the BICC rankings, the Northants ace booked his place at the UK Open for the 2nd successive year. He has won six of his nine County games this season, and will be hoping to improve upon his 1st round loss to Yordi Meeuwisse in this tournament last year.

Paul Whitworth – Rileys Liverpool

Paul Whitworth is back at the UK Open for the eighth time having proved victorious at Liverpool. The “Salford Devil” reached the World Matchplay last 32 in 2002 and the same stage of the World Masters a year earlier. Perhaps surprisingly he has never reached the money rounds of the UK Open. He takes on recent Challenge Tour winner Martin Atkins in the first round.

Andreas Hajimena

A regular on the Challenge Tour in recent years, this will mark Hajimena’s debut in a PDC major. He does boast wins over Ritchie Edhouse, James Hubbard and Jamie Caven and has competed in the BDO and PDC World Qualifiers in the past. He faces Rapid Ricky Evans in Friday’s afternoon session.

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