Kettering’s Ricky Evans has earned a place on the PDC Pro Tour after a fine day for the darts star in Wigan.
Evans, who plays for Northamptonshire, won six matches throughout the day before claiming one of the four Tour Cards available with a 6-4 victory over Finland’s Veijo Viinikka.
The field was made up of over 300 players with just four still standing at the end.
Evans, who is 22, has played on the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour in the past and won one event. But earning a place on the Pro Tour among the best players in the world, including Rushden’s James Richardson, is his biggest achievement to date.
Irthlingborough’s Kevin McDine, however, missed out on day one of Qualifying School.
He reached the final game against South Africa’s Charl Pietersen and took a 3-0 lead. But Pietersen hit back and hit the first-ever nine-dart finish at Qualifying School before edging through 6-5.
McDine will be back over the next three days, however, as he aims to join his fellow Northamptonshire player on the Pro Tour.
Players who lose in the last 64 onwards on each day are also allocated ranking points based on their finishing position, which will go onto the Q School Order of Merit, from which nine further Tour Cards will be allocated following Day Four.