Dean Leaves it Late, but is Bolton Bound!
With just £400 won after qualifier seven, Dean and his friends and management knew that it was going to be a tense day on Sunday in Wigan, where over 200 darts players were fighting for places at the Sky Sports televised event in June.
No-one was sure on what would be required to qualify – but we knew it would be either £600-£800 – so Dean needed to win several games and £400 to be ‘safe’.
Unfortunately the completely open draw did Winstanley no favours, with a very tough prelim against his friend Steve Beaton!
Prelim: Dean Winstanley 6-4 Steve Beaton
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-4 Mark Forman
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 6-2 Gary Whittles
Round 3: Brendan Dolan 6-5 Dean Winstanley
Dean’s run to the 3rd round proper won him £400, making his total UK Open qualification £800, and SAFELY THROUGH for the TV finals. That shows some bottle and fight winning through on the last day… hopefully next year Dean will make an easier job of it!