Parsons hits nine-darter, but misses out on a PDC tour card
BRISTOLIAN Andy Parsons had a bittersweet weekend at the PDC qualifying school in Wigan as he hit a nine-dart finish but missed out on a tour card.
The 31-year-old, who lives at Staple Hill, threw nine perfect darts in the opening leg of his first-round match against German Andree Welge on Saturday – only to lose the match 6-1.
The Professional Darts Corporation's qualifying school was staged over four days, with 25 players in total securing full cards for the Pro Tour.
And while Parsons missed out on a card, he can take confidence from the fact he has now thrown a nine-darter in a PDC match.
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"I was really only going for the experience, so it's not the end of the world to have missed out on a tour card," said Parsons.
"It was amazing to throw a nine-darter, but I think the nerves and the adrenaline got to me after that. I should have taken a bit of time back, but I didn't, I just carried on and I lost six legs on the bounce.
"But it was a great experience to go there and compete, and especially to throw a nine-darter. I have got to push on from here, though, and I'm looking to play in the UK Open qualifiers next.
"I qualified last year through the Rileys qualifiers, but this year I'll be in the full PDC qualifiers, so it would be a great achievement to qualify through that route."
Parsons was one of three players to hit nine-darters over the weekend, with Charl Pietersen and Kevin McDine joining him on the honours board.
"The standard is incredibly high and it's going up all the time," said Parsons. "But it's good to go and test yourself in that environment and see where you are."
In addition to hitting a nine-darter, Parsons won three matches across the four days, but it was not enough to secure a tour card.
Fellow Bristolians Damien Sherwood, Mike Nott, Chris Hartrey, Ryan Palmer and Chris Mason also missed out on cards.
Hartrey and Mason went closest, each reaching the third round on two occasions.