GERMANY proved a happy hunting ground for Chris Aubrey once again as he claimed his maiden PDC Youth Tour title in Cologne.
The Swindon youngster is one of the brightest prospects on the tour, but despite making the latter stages of a host of tournaments over the last year he had struggled to break his duck.
But he did it in style with a 4-3 victory over Jamie Lewis in the second event on Saturday, following on from a successful previous visit to Germany when he stormed to the quarter finals of the German Darts Classic on the senior tour.
Aubrey saw off John de Kruijf, Keegan Brown, Oliver Stell and Ben Songhurst to take the title, and was delighted to be able to get the monkey off his back.
“It was a great feeling to win, but I suppose there was a bit of relief because I have been trying to win one of these for a while,” he said.
“I have made a couple of finals and a few semi-finals too, but to finally win one was a great feeling.”
Aubrey went 3-1 up in the final before being pegged back to 3-3, but came out on top in a last leg decider.
“I had to work hard for it because he came out in the first leg and threw a 12-darter, but then I started playing well to go 3-1 up,” he said.
“I let it slip a little bit to let him get it back to 3-3, but I hung on and managed to win it which was great.”
Having now claimed his first victory on the tour, Aubrey is already targeting more and aims to move up the PDC Youth Tour Order of Merit.
Arron Monk is the runaway leader at the top of the standings, and although Aubrey conceded he is unlikely to catch him, he is determined to make an impact before the end of the year.
“I always want to win, and should probably have won one before now, but now I have I just want to win more,” he said.
“There are 12 events left this year and if I could win a couple of those I would be very pleased.
“There are some good players on tour at the moment, so it will be hard, but I know I can do it.
“Arron is pretty clear at the top at the moment, and he is far too good to not pick up any more money for the rest of the year, but if I can close the gap on him a bit then I will be very pleased.
“I would love to finish third, and I think I can, but I would be pleased with anywhere in the top eight.”
Aubrey played well in the opening event of the weekend on Saturday, and beat Alexander Topper, Jack Hill and Keegan Brown before losing to Monk in the quarter-finals.
Adam Smith-Neale went on to win the tournament, which, like Aubrey, was his first tour victory.
The was also a first time winner yesterday as Lewis beat Monk 4-3 in event three.
Aubrey lost out to Reece Robinson in the last 16.
Aubrey’s brother Jack Tweddell also competed in all three events, but struggled to make an impact.
The teenager went down 4-0 to Lewis in event one, before being knocked out by the same score by Ryan de Vreede in the second.
Tweddell was drawn against the same opponent in the first round yesterday, but lost 4-1.