Lisa Ashton has become the first woman to qualify for the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) Tour Card in Wigan. As reported by Femina, she is the Women’s World No. 1 darts player. The 49-year-old grabbed the twelfth and final spot via the order of merit. This remarkable success implies that Ashton is all set to compete on the two-year-long PDC Tour. At an age when most women retire from their careers, Ashton made history.
Lisa is a four-time British Darts Organisation women’s world champion and competed at the PDC World Championship in 2019. However, she lost to Jan Dekker in the first round itself. Since she managed to register a triumph on the final day of qualifying school, Ashton now holds an opportunity to compete on the full PDC circuit. Moreover, she gains a place at the UK Open in Minehead to be held in March.
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- Lisa Ashton creates history by becoming the first woman to secure PDC Tour Card.
- She lost in the first round of PDC last year.
- Scott Waites, Andy Hamilton Wesley Harms, and Welshman Nick Kenny also won the tour cards.
- She is now eligible to enter 30 Players Championship events, each with a top prize of £10,000.
Hailing from Bolton, she beat 13 men in 17 matches over four days. She is now eligible to enter 30 Players Championship events, each with a top prize of £10,000. Two-time BDO world champion Scott Waites, runner-up Andy Hamilton, dual semi-finalist Wesley Harms and Welshman Nick Kenny were among others to secure tour cards.
She was extremely elated and expressed her reaction in a tweet that read, “Can’t quite believe it but I’ve only gone and won a PDC Tour Card.” She further thanked everyone for the best wishes and support and expressed gratitude for her sponsors.
Hailing from Bolton, she beat 13 men in 17 matches over four days. She is now eligible to enter 30 Players Championship events, each with a top prize of £10,000.
Fallon Sherrock created history by becoming the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship before Christmas. However, she didn’t win a tour card. Reportedly, Sherrock has already been awarded a “challenger” place to appear on the second night of the Premier League in Nottingham on 13 February. Congratulating Ashton, Fallon wrote on Twitter: “Congrats to Lisa Ashton on winning a PDC Tour Card today, awesome #girlsmakingwaves.”
She is the first woman to win a Tour Card from Q School, although Stacy Bromberg and Tricia Wright were granted cards in 2011 after reaching the PDC Women’s World Championship final in 2010. Talking about the inspiring victory, Ashton said, “To come through a field that had 500 men, I couldn’t be any happier. I want to play in all the tournaments I can. I’m going to have a damned good go at whoever I play. They need to be ready.”
To come through a field that had 500 men, I couldn’t be any happier. I want to play in all the tournaments I can. I’m going to have a damned good go at whoever I play. They need to be ready.
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Saavriti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV