11 Year-old Alex Hughes Rocks Darts Champion of Champions
Kirks Bar, Strabane Northern Ireland witnessed history in the making on July the 28th when 11 year old Alex Hughes rocked the Bar by qualifying for the Worthington’s Champion of Champions finals in Cardiff at the end of August.
[caption id="attachment_24765" align="alignright" width="230"] Alex Hughes (right) was also a semi-finalist at the Weigh Inn Darts over the weekend[/caption]
Kirks Bar entry was as strong as qualifier to date with over 40 registered players including players from the PDC development tour, Eglinton District Darts League, Twin Towns Darts League and County Tyrone, all of an excellent standard vying for one and only final spot.
On paper Alex’s chances of making it past the first round let alone the final were very slim indeed, however this did not stop the prodigal 11 year old storming through the field to reach the final against Alan Byrne.
In the semi-final Alex faced John Porter who had darts in his hand at double eight to knock Alex out, however Alex’s superb attempt at a 130 checkout wiring the bull must have shaken John who missed, allowing Alex to coolly finish and secure a place in the Kirks Bar final.
With the darts Alex hit a Ton Eighty followed by narrowly missing Tops for a Ton Sixty Checkout and never looked back, with his passionate celebration showing how much he wanted to secure his place in the £20,000 finals in Cardiff.
Alex said “This is my first ever full men’s event win and I cannot believe how happy I am, I’ve practiced every day for the last two years so to play in full men’s events like the Champion of Champions is a dream come true”.
Simon Hall Head of Marketing for Red Dragon Darts said “Words failed me when I saw on Twitter that Alex had qualified for the finals as an 11 year old darts player, and I am still a bit shocked now”.