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Pub darts player has chance to turn professional!

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An amateur pub darts player from Maidstone has been offered the opportunity to break into the professional tour circuit.

Bob Fuller from The Walnut Tree pub on Tonbridge Road has secured a place at the prestigious Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) qualifying school after winning the national Redtooth Darts tournament in Sheffield.

If successful at Q.School, which takes place in Wigan between 15-18 January, Bob will join the best 225 professional players in the world on the PDC tour.

Bob, 48, said:

“It was a massive shock to win. I was just hoping to get through a few rounds, not right the way to the final! Hopefully, if all goes ok I can progress onto the tour. Anything can happen on the day and as long as I play well then I will be happy.

 

“I started playing darts when I was 12 years old after my dad put up my first board and the interest has grown from there. I used to practice for two to three hours a day with my friends when I was younger and now I play county darts for Kent.”

 

Bob beat Simon Cassidy from The Exhibition in Cambridge 6-5 in the Redtooth Darts final which was attended by 16-time World Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and 125 amateur players from across the country.

The top eight players at the final all secured a place at qualifying school, with overall winner Bob also scooping £1,000 in prize money and a crystal trophy.

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Taylor was on hand to meet and greet players, conduct a Q&A session and give players tips and advice. Also attending was last year’s Redtooth Darts winner, Paul ‘Moo Moo’ Amos, who is now a professional darts player.

The 37-year-old father of two has won more than £7,000 in prize money since earning an official PDC tour card in January this year and is currently ranked 94th in the world.

In addition to Bob and Simon, six others players will be attending Q.School after finishing in the top eight at the Redtooth Darts final.

The six include Brian Lewis and Lee Cusworth from The Wilton in Rotherham, Frank Kirkwood of The Three Horses in Keighley, Curtis Hammond from The George in Hadleigh and Mike Symes and Dave Harper of the Carisbooke Arms, in Gosport.

 

Redtooth Darts remains open for pubs to enter throughout the year. For more information visit www.redtoothdarts.com or call 01246 813 713.

 

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Pictured:  Bob Fuller from The Walnut Tree pub in Maidenhead with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.

One Comment

  1. We, at The Walnut Tree pub are really proud of Bob. We are thrilled that he has achieved such success and wish him well in the future. We also look forward to seeing him in the pub for his usual tipple!!
    Best wishes, Rosaline Janko- Landlady of The Walnut Tree pub, Maidstone.

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