Champagne flowed once again at the headquarters of TMSC as two of their young guns secured a PDC Tour Card.
Starlets Ted Evetts and Kevin Doets will now join Mac Elkin and his illustrious star-studded stable on the road, both looking to make their mark on the main circuit.
TSMC has been cracking open the bubbly quite often in recent times, boasting four major winners in the space of just eight months.
The ball began rolling with Dimitri Van den Bergh picking up the 2019 World Matchplay. Glen Durrant then followed the talented Belgian into the winner’s circle, claiming the Premier League title before The Special One, Jose De Sousa made it a hattrick for the company by becoming Grand Slam Champ.
Barely into 2021 and James Wade added the UK Open title to the impressive collection of corporate silverware.
Ahead of the rigorous demands of the PDC season, TMSC owner Mac Elkin has now bolstered his first-team squad ready for assaults on more fronts this year.
Hot off the glory of becoming the PDC World Youth Championship, Ted Evetts managed to successfully regain his tour card at the first time of asking.
Q-School is the ultimate test. Any player who has negotiated the arduous journey will readily admit it pushes the body and mind to uncomfortable levels.
With a potentially profitable career on the line, the pressures of qualification for those limited tour cards are intense.
And for Super Ted, defeat in his opening match on day one to Mark McGeeney suddenly made the mission even more daunting.
However, the 24-year old Warwickshire man is built of strong stuff. Digging deep into his professional experience, Evetts steering his way to a semi-final the following day.
It still wasn’t all plain sailing from there though. Crashing into a Ross Montgomery shaped hurdle on day three meant a nervy final outing.
But by the time Evetts had bowed out at the hands of talented Northern Irishman in the semi-final, enough points had been accumulated to gain his golden ticket.
Meanwhile in Germany, at the same time his team-mate was duelling away at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, Kevin Doets was looking to secure a PDC tour card for the first time in his young darting career.
European Q-School is equally as gruelling as it’s UK counterpart. For the first two days, the young Dutchman mirrored Evetts – bowled out for a duck in his opening showing before reaching the semi-final in the following event.
But another run to the final four on the penultimate day was eventually enough to see him home without having to endure any final event nerves.
For Evetts and Doets, they now have two years to realise their darting dreams. The road to success begins at Q-School – they are now the drivers of their own destiny.
Words: Paul Woodage, Lead Image: Target/PDC/TSMC
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