Arron Monk has breezed through to the prestigious fourth event on the new European tour.
The Unicorn youngster has qualified for the German Darts Masters in Stuttgart next month.
But unfortunately, both Joe Cullen and Devon Petersen failed to make the grade at the qualifiers in Derby on Friday night.
The good friends will both be hugely disappointed – especially Cullen who has high hopes of qualifying for the World Grand Prix in Dublin in October.
Remember, these tournaments carry prize money of over £80,000 and there is a guarantee of at least £1,000 just for winning one game, so you can understand Cullen’s frustration.
But he was beaten 6-4 by Mark Jones and Petersen was a 6-2 losing against Steve West.
So, it was left to Monk....in the end, he only had to play one match after receiving a bye in the 1st Round, but he was then a convincing 6-3 winner over Paul Rowley to clinch his spot in the main draw in Stuttgart.
Other qualifiers included Dean Winstanley, Tony West, Andy Jenkins and Mark Dudbridge, but Ted Hankey failed to qualify yet again as he was beaten by Ian White.
The German Darts Masters takes place from September 7-9
By STUART PYKE
Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig