Two members of Target's Elite 1 training and mentoring system earned their places on the senior PDC circuit for the first time, with stunning runs at UK Q School in Milton Keynes. 21 year old John Brown joined his father Steve on the professional circuit, while Welsh teenager Lewy Williams underlined his status as one of the most exciting young prospects in the sport.
Brown had to battle through the opening stage of Q School, reaching the last 16 in all three days to coast through as the highest points earner not to win through outright. Williams meanwhile, was given a pass directly through to the final stage thanks to his performances on the Development Tour in 2020.
Back to back semi-final runs on the second and third days from 19 year old Williams guaranteed his Tour Card before play even began on the final day. His average of more than 90 over the course of qualifying put him in the top 16 of the averages list. He might have won his card outright were it not for deciding leg defeats in his semi-finals to Australian Gordon Mathers and Jason Heaver, who both join Williams in stepping up to the PDC circuit for the first time.
It was a much nervier affair for Brown though, who feared his chance had gone when he missed multiple match darts in day three's quarter-final against the eventual winner Jake Jones. Brown was in the provisional qualifying places at the start of day four, but a second round exit to fellow Bristol thrower Mark Dudbridge meant he had to wait to see if he would be overtaken. By the time Target teammate Danny Baggish earned his card by reaching the final, Brown was safe on leg difference, and was assured of becoming the fourth Target player to successfully come through Q School 2021.