Barry and Van Peer secure coveted professional tour cards as Meikle seals World Championship return
Reigning junior world champion Keane Barry will make his debut on the PDC ProTour next year after securing a maiden two-year tour card on Sunday evening.
Barry, who defeated Adam Gawlas at Alexandra Palace in December to lift the JDC World Championship, finished second on the 2020 PDC Development Tour Order of Merit.
The 18-year-old will now make his second World Championship appearance in December, before turning professional and mixing it with the world’s elite as of next season.
Ireland’s Barry claimed a brace of Development Tour titles at the weekend in Barnsley, overcoming current tour card holder Ryan Meikle in both finals.
Meikle finished top of the Development Tour Order of Merit after winning two titles and reaching an additional two finals.
The Ipswich-based thrower now reaches the end of his Development Tour career at the age of 24, and will return to Alexandra Palace in December after qualifying for the sport’s showpiece spectacle.
Van Peer will return to the professional circuit after a four-year absence (Photography: Taylor Lanning)
Elsewhere, Dutchman Berry van Peer announced his return to the professional circuit after reaching four consecutive semi-finals at the Barnsley Metrodome on the all-important weekend.
Most widely known for his heroic efforts in overcoming the dreaded dartitis, Van Peer completed the ultimate recovery on Sunday as he regained professional status after finishing third in the rankings.
Both Van Peer and teenager Barry now qualify for the UK Open for a second successive year, joining an additional eight players from the Development Tour Order of Merit.
Dutchman Damian Mol, Kevin Doets, Niels Zonneveld and Wessel Nijman will head to Minehead in March, as will English youngsters Dom Taylor and Joe Davis.
If Ted Evetts and Martin Schindler manage to keep their tour cards come the backend of this season, Keelan Kay and Brian Raman will also travel to Butlin’s Minehead Resort.
PDC DEVELOPMENT TOUR ORDER OF MERIT
The updated and final standings following Event Ten in Barnsley
1 Ryan Meikle £7,000
2 Keane Barry £6,000
3 Berry van Peer £4,350
4 Damian Mol £3,750
5 Ted Evetts £3,450
6 Kevin Doets £2,950
7 Martin Schindler £2,400
8 Callan Rydz £2,350
9 Wessel Nijman £2,250
10 Niels Zonneveld £2,200
11 Dom Taylor £1,950
12 Joe Davis £1,800
13 Keelan Kay £1,750
14 Brian Raman £1,650
15 Rhys Griffin £1,550
16 Sebastian Bialecki £1,550
17 Nico Kurz £1,500
18 Lok Yin Lee £1,450
19 Owen Roelofs £1,350
20 Geert Nentjes £1,200
(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)