Riley`s and The Professional Darts Corporation team up once again to provide amateurs with a chance of FA Cup of Darts Glory.
Two years ago a young man from Hasting travelled to Norwich and qualified for his first UK Open event. That young man is Targets very own Rob Cross. Rob went on to play on the Challenge Tour that year and secured a Pro Card for the following year. Rob is now ranked 20th in the world after more than one heavyweight clash with world number 1 Michael Van Gerwen.
The venues and dates for the Riley`s Amateur Qualifiers for the 2018 Coral UK Open have been confirmed, with 32 players set to win through knockouts being held in January and February.
The Riley`s Qualifiers give any amateur player the chance to win a spot alongside the biggest names in the sport at the UK Open Televised Finals, which are held across three days at the Butlins Minehead Resort.
Next year’s knockouts will be held from January 20 through to February 18, with 28 individual events being held which include four where two players will qualify.
The knockouts will be held in Riley’s Sports Bars across the country, with Chester, Chorlton, Coventry, Greenock, Liverpool, London Victoria, Norwich, Nottingham, South Benfleet, Twickenham and Wolverhampton all staging two events.
Entry costs £7 per player per event, with the entry fee including a free drink. Entry can be made via www.rileys.co.uk/tournaments, or in person at the Riley’s Sports Bars, with entries for each event closing at 5.00pm the day prior to the event.
Players are permitted to enter more than one tournament. Players must be aged 16 or above to enter, and entry is not open to players who compete in the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools. Full tournament rules can be seen at www.rileys.co.uk/tournaments.
2018 Coral UK Open
Riley’s Amateur Qualifiers
Saturday January 20
Sunday January 21
London Victoria Q1 (Two players qualify)
Saturday January 27
Wolverhampton Q1 (Two players qualify)
Sunday January 28
South Benfleet Q1
Saturday February 3
Sunday February 4
Saturday February 10
Saturday February 17
Sunday February 18
London Victoria Q2 (Two players qualify)
South Benfleet Q2
Wolverhampton Q2 (Two players qualify)
Everyone’s journey start somewhere, will your journey be as good as this man?