Last weekend was the first weekend of the PDC Development Tour. The Tour gives players the opportunity to play on the PDC Pro Circuit by moving up the Development Tour order of merit. Last weekend's event was held at Halle 39 in Hildesheim, Germany.
Team Target had 11 players from our Elite 1 academy competing in the Tour, hoping to get off to a strong start in the first of 5 weekends;
Wessel Nijman picked up his 2nd Development Tour title beating Martin Schindler in the Tour 4 final. He managed to reach the Last 64 in Tour 1, last 16 in Tour 2 and the last 128 in Tour 3. He now sits 2nd on the Development Tour Order of Merit. A fantastic start.
Wessel's Tour highlights: running average 87.38
DT 1 - last 128 won 4-3 (77.6) vs Danny van Trijp
DT 2 - last 32 won 4-3 (91.1) vs Henry Cutting
DT 3 - last 256 won 4-1 (102.2) vs Martin Schindler
DT 4 - final won 5-3 (90.3) vs Martin Schindler
Keane Barry had a consistent weekend. Reaching the Last 16 in Tour 1, last 64 in both Tours 2, 3 and the last 32 in Tour 4. He managed to register a 100+ average in Tour 4 and currently sits 23rd on The Development Tour Order of Merit.
Keane's Tour highlights: running average 87.11
DT 1 - last 34 won 4-3 (81.2) vs Sebastian Oschitzki
DT 2 - last 128 won 4-1 (91.6) vs Piree Martijn
DT 3 - last 128 won 4-0 (88.4) vs Joe Usher
DT 4 - last 64 won 4-0 (103.7) vs Nico Blum
Sebastian Bialecki showed consistent results in which he recorded a couple of 100+ averages along the way. Sebastian had two Last 32 finishes as well as a semi final finish in Tour 3. He currently sits 10th on The Development Tour Order of Merit.
Sebastian's Tour highlights: running average 85.23
DT 1 - last 64 won 4-0 (101.9) vs Levy Frauenfelder
DT 2 - last 64 won 4-2 (100.5) vs Phillip Hagemann
DT 3 - quarter final won 5-1 (93.2) vs Niels Zonneveld
DT 4 - last 256 won 4-2 (90.0) Ole Holtkamp
Rest of Elite 1 Development Tour results:
Development Tour Order of Merit:
2 Wessel Nijman
10 Sebastian Bialecki
13 Bradley Brooks
23 Keane Barry
40 Daan Bastiaansen
52 Nathan Girvan
86 Nathan Rafferty
Unranked: Jack Vincent
Unranked: Dean Finn
Unranked: Katie Sheldon
Unranked: Killian Hefferman
Overall it has been a very good start for the Elite 1 players. They will be back in action on 21-22nd, March for Development Tour 5-8 in Wigan.