INTERVIEW: Nentjes utilising time during Coronavirus pandemic to focus on finishing degree
Geert Nentjes spends his free time useful in the months of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Dutchman is trying to complete his academic degree.
The 21-year-old is currently in his last year of his degree studying Industrial Engineering and Management and as part of this, Nentjes has worked in his town of Urk at the Leroy Seafood Center which is a seafood processing and distribution company.
Nentjes in particular has been doing cost price calculations on one of the production lines and having to complete a certain amount of hours, he is getting closer to finishing this quicker.
"That is the only advantage of the Coronavirus. I can now work all the time, ” Nentjes admitted looking on the bright side in an Interview with Darts News.
“When I made a (work) schedule in February, I thought I would get the necessary hours at the end of August. Now I have made a new schedule, but now I finish it somewhere in late July. It is my last school assignment. When I get this, I'm done with school. Now I focus on that one hundred percent and that was necessary. ”
Goal to retain Tour Card
Completing his placement faster means that he can fully focus on darts and with it being an important few months in terms of his Tour Card, Nentjes admitted his goal is to try and claim it through the Development Tour if all else fails.
"That was also my approach at the beginning of the year," says Nentjes. "Make sure you finish in the top two or three of the Development Tour ranking, so that you claim a new Tour Card and World Championship participation."
The Dutchman does not consider his chances to be very good to qualify for the World Championship via the regular ranking and to keep his Tour Card. “I am now 71st, but there is a gap of nearly thirty thousand pounds (with 64th place). I'm not going to bridge that. Then I have to get third round of the World Championship. That is my best option, but it has to be done through the Development Tour. ”
Also there is the question whether the PDC should be more lenient with the Tour Card scheme if not all tournaments can be played this season: "It still depends on how long this will take. If everything is open in September and we can just go there, I think we will play every weekend. If there is one Development Tour weekend missing or a number of Pro Tours, they will not do anything with it ”, Nentjes said.