Horndean ace hits the big time

Jason Crawley
Jason Crawley
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There may be a familiar face on the live TV oche later this year after Jason Crawley won a place on the 2011 PDC ProTour.

The 25-year-old, from Horndean, earned one of only 128 tour cards after graduating from the four-day qualifying school in Wigan.

Each day consisted of an individual tournament.

And the top nine performers from across the four days were rewarded with a place on the tour, which is headed by the likes of Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.

Crawley had cemented his spot before his final match but, such was the intensity of his focus and determination to gain one of the four automatic spots, he remained unaware of his success until the tournament’s conclusion.

‘I didn’t realise I’d qualified before I played my last match – I was still trying to win it,’ he said.

‘I was focused on winning a place outright and hadn’t even looked at the points tables.

‘It came as a nice surp- rise.’

An fourth-place finish overall was enough to land Crawley his place on the tour.

And it’s an opportunity he is determined to grab with both hands.

‘I’m going to try to get to as many events as I can,’ he said.

‘Hopefully all the ones in the UK and, if it goes well, some of the ones in Europe and maybe even further afield.

‘The more I play the more chance I have of getting into a televised event – that’s the real aim.’

Although the PDC tour will understandably become his main focus, Crawley hopes to keep his arrows sharp with regular appearances on the county circuit.

‘Hopefully I can keep playing for Hampshire,’ he said.

‘I know other players who juggle PDC and county matches.

‘I’ll just have to see how the dates fall and make a decision then, but really it’s probably going to be the PDC that has to be my focus.’

It’s a dream that comes at a cost for Crawley, though.

And that is something he knows all too well.

Having played in a few PDC events several years ago, demands on both his time and finances brought his ambitions to a premature end.

This time around, the same constraints have forced Crawley to miss the opening Players’ Championship events in Germany, thus delaying his tour bow until February.

‘I haven’t got a sponsor at the moment so obviously that makes it a bit more difficult,’ he said.

‘But hopefully if things go well it’ll take off a bit.

‘I just can’t wait to get playing.’

Anyone interested in sponsoring Jason should contact him on 07930 601032.