Lorenzo Arendse, Western Cape Darts president, congratulated Devon Petersen for his excellent performance the past weekend in Germany, where he won the German Darts Championships.
He in the process made history by becoming the first South African and African to win a Professional Darts Corporation title.
Arendse said he was proud of Devon’s achievement. Devon is carrying the flag proudly for not only Western Cape Darts, but also for darts in Africa.
He has shown exceptional talent from a very young age at local competitions before making his presence felt in Western Cape Darts.
To see him now fulfil that talent at the highest international level gives us at Western Cape Darts immense joy. We know there are a lot more Devon Petersens in our midst and it is our task to develop and nurture them.
Well done Devon and good luck for the rest of your season, said Lorenzo.
The 34-year-old from Mitchells Plain ended world number three Gerwyn Price’s bid to win back-to-back Players’ Championship events. Petersen, also known as The Warrior, beat Price in the second round.
The man from Cape Town then went on to beat Johnny Clayton in the final and he was elated afterwards, telling the media afterwards it has been a long time coming.
“I’ve been working hard; it feels like a lifetime and it’s probably been the last … since I was 15 … so it’s 19 years.
“The last two or three years have been the hardest where you are competing against the level of Jonny Clayton and Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, there’s loads of names and Peter Wright … and you just feel as though you are not going to get there because they are improving all the time.
“I played in the Autumn Series and I lost out to Gerwen Price and I missed three or four darts to win and I just think that spurred me on today.
“To stand on this stage as a PDC champion in front of the fans is just fantastic, it’s a very special night for me.”ntastic
Devon started his career at Mitchells Plain Darts Club and went on to represent Western Province, Western Cape and South Africa, as he scooped up a number of titles along the way. He then turned professional and now his talent is evident for the world to see.
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