Last weekend saw the beginning of the 2022 PDC Challenge Tour. The competition which is made up from players who have competed at both the UK & European Q-School events is an opportunity for those participating to get their hands on a PDC Tour Card as well as earning themselves a spot in the World Championship in December.
Team Target had 10 stars compete across the 3-day event, we take a look at our top 3 performers from Milton Keynes;
'Boom Boom' had a very solid Challenge Tour debut as the 16-year-old managed to produce arguably Team Target's most consistent run across the weekend. Leighton picked up a respectable £450 which included a quarter-final run in event 4. A frustrating final day hindered his chances of breaking inside the top 10, however, the young man has left himself in 27th on the Order of Merit, a good position to set himself up for the rest of the season.
The North American star almost had the perfect start to the season as he made a sensational run to the semi-final on event 1 but lost out to the day's eventual winner Scott Williams. He was defeated 5-1 in his final clash, however, his 93 average in that match would have probably won him a spot in the final if he had drawn a different opponent. Danny's efforts across the weekend helped him pick up an impressive £600 which leaves him 22nd in the rankings.
Jarred Cole was exceptionally unlucky not to gain a Tour Card at Q-School but he will be looking to put that right at this year's Challenge Tour. It wasn't quite the start he would have hoped for but a run to the final 16 on day 2 has boosted him up the rankings which means he sits just outside the top 50 with £250 in prize money to his name, meaning he has a strong base to work on going forward.
Danny Lauby: SF / T256 / T128 / T64 / T64
Leighton Bennett: T64 / T128 / T32 / QF / T256
Jarred Cole: T64 / T16 / T128 / T256 / T256
Christ Quantock: T128 / T512 / T64 / T64 / T64
Alan Norris: T256 / T128 / T32 / T256 / T64
Nathan Girvan: T256 / T64 / T32 / T128 / T256
James Beeton: T256 / T256 / T256 / T256 / T64
Tomas Houdek: T128 / T256 / T64 / T512 / T256 / T256
Jack Vincent: T256 / T256 / T128 / T256 / T256
Nathan Care: T256 / T128 / T512 / T256 / T256
Danny Lauby: 22nd
Leighton Bennett: 27th
Jarred Cole: 53rd
Christ Quantock: 76th
Alan Norris: 77th
Nathan Girvan: 83rd
James Beeton: 124th
Tomas Houdek: 144th
Jack Vincent: 164th
Nathan Care: 164th