Heaver secures UK Open return after Riley’s Victoria triumph

Jason Heaver secured his Ladbrokes UK Open return after defeating Martin Lukeman in the Riley’s Victoria Qualifier in Central London on Saturday.

Heaver, who first appeared at the UK Open as an amateur participant four years ago, won through the 140-plus field in the qualifier.

The Northern Ireland Open and Bruges Open finalist defeated Anthony Morley in the quarter-finals and UK Open regular Paul Hogan in the last four, before seeing off Lukeman in the decider.

Heaver averaged 82.9 in sealing his major return, with his opponent recording an average which was of a marginally amount lower.

He becomes the first of 16 Riley’s Amateur Qualifiers, with an additional 15 qualification events being played out before the tournament takes place.

Those Riley’s Amateur Qualifiers will be joined by 128 tour card holders, 16 qualifiers via the Development Tour and an additional 16 courtesy of the Challenge Tour.

The Ladbrokes UK Open will take place from March 6-8 at Butlin’s Minehead Resort.

2020 RILEY’S AMATEUR QUALIFIERS

Saturday January 25 – London Victoria (Jason Heaver)
Saturday February 1 – Aberdeen
Saturday February 1 – Chester
Saturday February 1 – Norwich
Saturday February 1 – Wolverhampton
Saturday February 8 – Chorlton
Saturday February 8 – Coventry
Saturday February 15 – Nottingham
Saturday February 15 – Sheffield
Saturday February 15 – South Benfleet
Sunday February 16 – Wolverhampton
Saturday February 22 – Greenock
Saturday February 22 – Harlow
Saturday February 22 – Liverpool
Saturday February 22 – Norwich
Saturday February 22 – London Victoria

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