Darter Lisa Ashton is delighted that she won a Tour card at darts union PDC on Sunday. She is the first woman who, through qualifications, the so-called Q-School, managed to get a starting ticket.
"I am so, so happy. I did my best all day and said," Tell me at the end, because I can't handle the stress, "Ashton said after the final day in Wigan.
"It was a great moment when I saw that I had made it. I want to play in as many tournaments as possible and will be great against whoever I play. They will have to be ready for me."
Ashton was eliminated quickly on Sunday, but was among the best twelve players of the Q-School in Wigan based on her performance in the first three days.
Darters with a Tour card participate in the Players Championships, the qualifiers for the Euro Tours, Grand Slam or Darts, World Series or Darts Finals and the very last World Cup qualifying tournament.
"I know I have more to offer"
If it is up to 49-year-old Ashton, it will not stop with taking her Tour card. The four-time world champion at the women's WC of the BDO association wants to show itself fully this year.
"To make it through a field of more than five hundred darters; that can't make me happier. I know I have more to offer and I'm going to pursue my dreams," said the proud English.
It is the second time in a short time that a female darter has made a name for itself in the men's circuit. Fallon Sherrock wrote history in December by being the first woman to win a match at the World Cup. She came to the third round.
While British darters competed for the Tour cards at Q-School in Wigan, players from the rest of the world faced each other in Hildesheim, Germany. With Dirk van Duijvenbode, Wesley Harms, Derk Telnekes and Martijn Kleermaker there were four Dutch people who got hold of a ticket.
UEUROPEAN Q SCHOOL - TOUR CARD WINNERSCongratulations to the 11 players who have won two-year PDC Tour Cards at European Qualifying School.Avatar