Q-School 2023: Lewis Leads First 8 Through to Final Stage

The 2023 PDC Qualifying Schools got underway today in Milton Keynes and Kalkar, with Day One of the First Stage.

Over 850 players are set to compete at Qualifying Schools from January 9-15, with 27 Tour Cards on offer for players to secure a spot on the PDC circuit for 2023/24.

The first 8 places in the final stage were claimed by: Dylan Slevin, Jamie Lewis, Christian Perez, Lee Palfreyman, Jim Walker, Dale Gadsby, Darryl Pilgrim and Peter Jacques.

Slevin who has impressed on the MODUS Super Series averaged 100 at times today and saw off James Howard Hughes 5-4 in a comeback win averaging 93. Hughes had previously knocked out an inform Colin Osborne in another deciding leg.

UK Q School is being played at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, while the Wunderland in Kalkar is playing host to this year’s European Q School.

Qualifying Schools are split into the First Stage and Final Stage.

A total of 24 players are exempt to the Final Stage at UK Qualifying School, with 15 players exempt to the Final Stage of European Q School.

The First Stage, which takes place from January 9-11, will see up to a total of 128 players in the UK and Europe respectively qualifying to compete in Final Stage.

Eight players per day will progress from the First Stage, with all further places going to players from a First Stage Order of Merit in each region, with one ranking point awarded per match from the first full round onwards.

Any ties in the respective Q School Orders of Merit will be split as follows based on all match results: Leg Difference, Legs Won, then DartConnect average. If players still cannot be split, a play-off would be organised.

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2023 PDC Qualifying Schools
First Stage – January 9-11
UK Qualifying School

Start Time: Approx 1030 GMT
Format: best of nine legs
Last eight players each day progress to Final Stage

European Qualifying School
First Stage – January 9-11

Start Time: Approx 1030 CET
Format: best of nine legs
Last eight players progress to Final Stage

In addition to the daily automatic players and the players exempt to Final Stage, further players up to total of 128 will be taken from the respective UK/European Qualifying School First Stage Orders of Merit following Day Three.

Final Stage
January 12-15
UK Qualifying School

Start Time: 1200 GMT
Each day’s winner secures an automatic PDC Tour Card
Format: best of 11 legs

European Qualifying School
Start Time: 1200 CET
Each day’s winner secures an automatic PDC Tour Card
Format: best of 11 legs

In addition to the daily Tour Card winners, further Tour Cards up to a total of 27 will be awarded on a pro-rata basis to players from the respective UK/European Qualifying School Final Stage Orders of Merit following Day Four.

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