Today I am joined by new PDC Tour Card Holder Gavin Carlin. Gavin has just recently won a a Tour Card in Wigan, a Semi-Final and a Quarter Final helping him along the way. Gavin has played International Darts for Northern Ireland, winning the Celtic Cup last February for his country. He pocketed £2,000 in August 2018 also as he won the Omagh Festival Of Darts. He also is under the same management team as Peter Hudson.
Q1. Thanks for joining me Gavin, firstly well done on winning your PDC Tour Card, how are you feeling? Has it kicked in yet?
A1. Feel excited and nervous about getting my tour card, don’t even know what I’m in for lol.
Q2. After only picking up one point in the first two days of Q School, then reaching the Semi-Finals and a Quarter Final in the last two days to secure your Tour Card, defeating the likes of Andy Hamilton, Andy Boulton and whitewashing Andrew Gilding 5-0 with a 101.5 average, did you feel a bit under pressure going into the last two days to get your tour card as you knew you had to get a good run?
A2 When I was beat on friday I could have went home because I was that down about it. Went in on saturday morning I said to myself just win your board and see where it goes from there. As the day went on i got more relaxed and managed to get 6 points to give myself a chance on sunday. I said the same thing to myself on sunday and I was lucky enough to go on a run again and get enough points.
Q3. You will be competing with the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson etc on the PDC Tour, do you think that will bring your game on when you are playing the best in the world?
A3. I hope so. You learn more from your defeats than wins so as the defeats come over the next few months, hopefully they become less and less.
Q4. Out of the all the Irish players that went to Q School, you were the only one to get a Tour Card, do you think the likes of Kyle Mckinstry and Nathan Rafferty can do well on the Challenge Tour?
A4. Yea 2 good lads they’ll have no problems with the Challenge Tour.
Q5. What are your aims for your first season as a PDC Tour Card Holder?
A5. Try and get into the top 32.
Q6. You have also qualified for the UK Open in March, but you have plenty of darts before that, three consecutive weekends of Players Championship Events, with two European Tour Qualifiers to add to that, do you think you will benefit from playing darts in three consecutive weeks, leading up to the UK Open?
A6. I think so.
Q7. Finally, you are in the same management stable as Peter Hudson, how have him and his management team had an impact on you getting your Tour Card?
A7. Great management team, full of good advice and support.
Thanks for joining me Gavin, all the best for the season ahead.
By Carter Guiney