Dean headed to Birmingham for the final two Speedy Services UK Open qualifiers knowing that he was already safely qualified, and has done well enough to already be able to rest and enjoy Thursday, as he has qualified high enough to start his conquest on the Friday in Bolton.
Another huge turnout (nearly 200) at the NIA means more tough qualifying rounds, but luckily Dean missed out on those and went straight into round 1…
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-4 Steve Maish
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 6-4 Darren Latham
Round 3: Dean Winstanley 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Round 4: Kevin Painter 6-5 Dean Winstanley
Dean was so close to making the 1/4 final, being ahead against Premier League player Kevin Painter, but was narrowly beated 6-5. Still a good solid day, £600 added to the rankings, with another day to come!
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-4 Keith Stephen
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 6-3 Andrew Palmer
Round 3: Peter Wright 6-4 Dean Winstanley
Another £400 won, making it a round £1,000 from the two days. I’m sure Dean will be disappointed that it wasn’t more, as he had darts to beat Painter on Saturday – but the positive if Dean is not only qualified well for Bolton, he’s also making a big impression in the PDC with consistent runs on the floor.