Newcastle ace Adam Hunt tops the Development Tour Order of Merit after reaching three of the four finals hosted on the second weekend of Development Tour action at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.
Hunt was beaten by the Belgian duo of Kenny Neyens and Dimitri van den Bergh in Saturday’s finals, before he defeated Stephen Rosney to secure his first Development Tour title of the year- the fourth of his career. He subsequently tops the Order of Merit having accrued £5,700 from the opening eight events.
Luke Humphries remains in second place after his double success on the opening weekend of competition which took place last month. Humphries defeated Dawson Murschell and Kenny Neyens respectively to win Events One and Four, whilst he reached the last four in Event Five and Event Eight this weekend.
Neyens is up to third place after winning his second Development Tour title in Event Five on Saturday. The young Belgian scooped the £2,000 winner’s cheque to add to his two final appearances from February, but he failed to go beyond the last 16 in the last three events of this weekend.
Dimitri van Bergh trails his compatriot by a mere £100 after winning his second title of the year on Saturday afternoon. ‘The Dream-Maker’ has now won a total of eight Development Tour titles and is handily placed in fourth position on the Order of Merit.
Irish ace Steve Lennon is fifth after securing the second Development Tour title of his career to triumph in Event Eight. Lennon reached the semi-finals of the seventh competition earlier that afternoon, before defeating emerging Warwickshire ace Ted Evetts in the final.
Evetts competed in the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts and has enjoyed a strong start to 2017, hitting a nine-darter in one of the Coral UK Open qualifiers last month. The 19-year-old was edged out 5-3 in his maiden final, but moves up to seventh as a result of securing the £1,000 runner’s up prize.
Suffolk star Ryan Meikle is in sixth position following his maiden triumph in Event Three, whilst Event Seven finalist Stephen Rosney has been catapulted up to eighth after his tremendous run to the final.
Rosney is tied in eighth spot alongside Belgium’s Mike De Decker who posted a nine-dart finish in Event Five on Saturday, where he eventually lost in the quarter-finals. Elsewhere, Austrian star Rowby-John Rodriguez makes up the top ten, having reached two quarter-finals and a semi-final out of the eight events so far this year.
Dawson Murschell and Harry Ward, both of whom have been losing finalists on the Development Tour this year, are on the fringes of the top ten alongside Event Four semi-finalist Ronnie Roberts and UK Open participant Rob Hewson, whilst former Pro Tour winner Josh Payne is tied in 15th alongside Joe Davis.
John Brown, son of former PDC Pro Tour winner Steve Brown, is 17th after reaching two quarter-finals over the weekend, whilst talented German Martin Schindler and former BDO man Jimmy Hendriks also occupy spots in the top twenty.
Last year’s World-Youth finalist Berry van Peer is tied in 47th position having failed to go beyond the last 16 in any of the eight competitions this year, whilst former BDO World Youth champions Justin van Tergouw and Joshua Richardson are 80th and 106th respectively. Nevertheless, Van Tergouw opted not to compete this weekend.
The full Development Tour Order of Merit standings can be viewed below, whilst the next set of events take place from May 27th-28th, as the tour heads to Hildesheim in Germany.
PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit
|4||Bergh, Dimitri Van Den||£5,050|
|8||Decker, Mike De||£1,550|
|22||Cortes, Jaime Nunez||£800|
|29||Duivenbode, Mike van||£550|
|35||Vries, Kevin de||£500|
|41||Sanders , Zac||£450|
|47||Boogaard, Patrick van den||£400|
|47||Peer, Berry van||£400|
|80||Main , Jack||£200|
|80||Tergouw, Justin van||£200|
|80||Watson , Adam||£200|
|90||Kuijl, Viggo van der||£150|
|106||Beek, Dylan van||£100|
|106||Heuvel, Job ten||£100|
|134||Cooksey, Jacob Paul John||£50|
|134||Ellis , Brad||£50|
|134||Forrest , Harry||£50|
|134||Smith, Kieran J||£50|