Challenge Tour and Development Tour qualifiers confirmed ahead of UK Open
Following the conclusion of PDC Qualifying School, both the Challenge Tour and Development Tour qualifiers have been confirmed for March’s Ladbrokes UK Open.
The prestigious tournament, featuring 160 of the world’s best, will be held from March 6-8 at Butlin’s Minehead Resort, and broadcasted live across the globe.
Eight players from last season’s Challenge Tour standings will be joined by eight of the best that the Development Tour has to offer.
Scotland’s Cameron Menzies will return to the UK Open stage after being timed out on debut, while Andy Jenkins, New Zealand’s Cody Harris and the Netherlands’ Berry van Peer also take to Butlin’s Minehead Resort once again.
Also via the Challenge Tour, Patrick Lynskey and Kyle McKinstry will make their professional televised debuts, while Stephen Burton and Russia’s Boris Koltsov make their maiden UK Open appearances.
Development Tour event winner Shane McGuirk will make his UK Open debut, joining Greg Ritchie, Andrew Davidson, Kevin Doets, Owen Roelofs and Danny van Trijp.
Newly-crowned BDO World Youth champion Keane Barry will also head to Minehead for the first time in early March, while Nathan Rafferty returns after defeating Peter Wright on debut two years ago.
The Challenge Tour and Development Tour qualifiers will be joined by the 128 PDC tour card holders as well as 16 amateur qualifiers via Riley’s Sports Bars bars across the country.
Cameron Menzies, Stephen Burton, Boris Koltsov, Andy Jenkins, Cody Harris, Kyle McKinstry, Berry van Peer, Patrick Lynskey
Shane McGuirk, Nathan Rafferty, Keane Barry, Greg Ritchie, Andrew Davidson, Kevin Doets, Owen Roelofs, Danny van Trijp
Photography by Lawrence Lustig/PDC