After so many near misses, Unicorn starlet Adam Hunt has finally won a thoroughly deserved first title of 2017.
He took the honours in the PDC Unicorn Development Tour event 7 on Sunday after being pipped at the post twice on Saturday at Robin Park in Wigan.
The 23-year-old from Chester-Le-Street, who is mentored and backed by Team Unicorn's double World Champion Gary Anderson, is certainly fulfilling his potential this year.
And he proved again what a good player he is. Hopefully this latest triumph will be a springboard to much more success.
On another successful weekend for Team Unicorn, Dimitri van den Bergh picked up his second Development Tour triumph of the season.
His 5-2 win over Hunt in the final of event six on Saturday was also a touch of revenge because Hunt had beaten the Belgian 4-1 in the last 16 of event five earlier in the day!
And it was so nearly a Unicorn hat-trick!
'Super' Ted Evetts had a brilliant run to the final of event 8, but was edged out 5-3 by Steve Lennon.
But for Hunt, job done and he is now top of the Development Tour Order of Merit. Not a bad weekend's work and the bonus of £4,000 in prize money.
Van den Bergh is fourth on the table with Evetts in 7th spot.
He lost both finals on Saturday to Van den Bergh and another Belgian Kenny Neyens, when he was beaten in a thrilling last leg decider. In the previous four Development Tour events, Hunt had reached three semi-finals and the last 16. That's how consistent he's been.
He won EIGHT matches to finally win event seven.....they came against Sam Hewson (4-1), Jimmy Hendriks (4-1), Sven Groen (4-0), Jake Jones (4-3), William Borland (4-1) and John Brown (5-1). Then it was Hunt's turn for revenge with a 5-3 victory over Van den Bergh in the semi-finals before he beat Stephen Rodney 5-3 in the final.
Van den Bergh also won eight games to secure his victory. He saw off Daniel Williams (4-1), Callum Goffin (4-2), Jordan Matthews (4-1), Dawson Muschell (4-0), Kenny Neyens (4-1), Josh Payne 5-3) in the quarter-finals before a 5-1 win over Greg Ritchie in the last four and the win over Hunt to clinch the title.
Evetts can still be very proud of his efforts on this latest Development Tour weekend in Wigan. Apart from his run to the final, he also reached the last 16 of another tournament as he continues his rapid rise since joining Team Unicorn.
And there was another 9 darter! Dutch youngster Mike de Decker hit the latest perfect leg on the PDC Tour this year.
By STUART PYKE