Q School 2021: Nentjes and Heaver claim tour cards
By Joe Williams 15/02/2021
Geert Nentjes and Jason Heaver were victorious on Monday in winning Two-Year PDC Tour Cards after the pair came through their respective Q Schools, on a day which saw the Second Perfect Leg of the 2021 event hit by Irishman Shane McGuirk.
Sunday saw Stage Two of Q School begin with former World Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd and 2015 BDO World Trophy Winner Geert De Vos picking up tour cards at the first attempt.
Nentjes, who lost out in the final on Day One to De Vos, went a step further on Monday in regaining his PDC Tour Card, having lost it at the end of 2020. On the day, the Dutchman recorded wins over Patrick Bulen, Franz Roetzsch, Patrick Tringler, Michael Unterbuchner, Michael Smejda and Raymond Van Barneveld to reach the decider, and denying the Dutch legend who sits firmly inside the order of merit places after the opening couple of days on six points. In the decider, Nentjes took on Russian Ace Boris Koltsov with nothing separating the pair for the opening couple of legs before Nentjes broke in the sixth leg to go 4-2 up but Koltsov won back to back legs to square the match up and make it a best of three contest. The pair then held throw with a 16 darter from Nentjes, followed by an 18 darter from Koltsov to force a decider. The last leg saw Nentjes miss a dart for the win, which allowed Koltsov back with three darts at Double 4 to win his tour card. Koltsov failed to hit it, which allowed Nentjes back on 16 and he pinned it with his last dart to clinch the victory and deny Koltsov.
Having picked up 0 points on the opening day, Koltsov bounced back and in reaching the final, he recorded wins over Jeroen Mioch, Daniel Petri, Kevin Bloome, Matt Campbell, Davy Proosten and Zoran Lerchbacher, dropping just 12 legs on route, 5 of which came in his tie with Campbell. Unable to win the decider, but the Russian sits on five points and inside the cut-off order of merit places after the first two days.
Over in the UK, Jason Heaver won a PDC Tour Card for the first time in his career, with the 2020 Riley’s UK Open Qualifier, recording wins on the day over Gary Butcher, David Pallett, Andrew Gilding, Martin Lukeman, Adam Mould and Lewis Williams to reach the decider, where he would meet Scotland’s Alan Soutar. The final began with Soutar racing into a 3-1 and 4-2 lead before Heaver took charge in rattling off four legs on the spin in 14,15,18 and 12 darts respectively to clinch the victory and earn himself a Tour Card.
Soutar, who was very impressive in the Stage 1 phase of Q School, reached the decider after recording wins over David Airey, Brian Hallas, Jack Main, Jake Jones, Joe Murnan and Eddie Lovely, before losing to Heaver. Unable to win the decider, but the Scottish ace sits top of the order of merit on seven points and looks set to win a Tour Card either way.
Elsewhere, the likes of Kevin Painter, Fallon Sherrock, Danny Baggish, Scott Mitchell, and Alan Norris are yet to pick up a point in the final stage of Q School, after a pair of early exits in the first two days. Irishman Shane McGuirk fired in the second perfect leg of 2021 Q School in his second round win over Lewis Pride, after Portugal’s Jose Marques hit the first earlier in the week.
Q School continues on Tuesday with the penultimate day with another two tour cards on offer going into the final day on Wednesday. Play will begin at 12:00 GMT in Milton Keynes and 11:00 GMT (12:00 Local Time) in Niedernhausen. All live scores and results can be viewed at tv.dartconnect.com.
UK Q School
Alan Soutar 6-4 Joe Murnan
Eddie Lovely 6-4 Mike Warburton
Lewis Williams 6-3 Chris Quantock
Jason Heaver 6-1 Adam Mould
Alan Soutar 6-4 Eddie Lovely
Jason Heaver 6-5 Lewis Williams
Jason Heaver 6-4 Alan Soutar
European Q School
Geert Nentjes 6-4 Michal Smejda
Raymond Van Barneveld 6-5 Gino Vos
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-2 Christian Bunse
Boris Koltsov 6-1 Davy Proosten
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Raymond Van Barneveld
Boris Koltsov 6-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Boris Koltsov