Keegan Brown has come of age in the world of darts.
Now, it is very much a case of onward and upward for the young man from the Isle of Wight, as he continues to make great strides in his chosen sport.
He has made a big splash on the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour and is also making great waves on the Pro Tour, claiming the scalps of some of the top names in the game!
The starlet is already taking his game to the next level and has proved time and time again that he is the real deal.
We are all expecting big things from young Keegan over the next decade as he looks to follow in the footsteps James Wade, who graduated from promising junior to become one of the best players in the world.
And his rapid rise has earned a prestigious promotion at Unicorn, elevating him from the Generation 180 category to the Contender Class alongside the likes of Joe Cullen, Arron Monk and Devon Petersen.
“It is a big honour and a big confidence boost for me,” he said. “It is now up to me to repay the faith and keep winning!”
Unicorn Managing Director Edward Lowy summed up Keegan’s standing and progress.
“We wish him well….World Champion is only three categories away! But I have no doubt that we will see a lot more from this outstanding young man. For his age, he shows rare skill and calm on the oche, along with tremendous maturity off it. Watch out World, you have been warned!”
It all started to click for Keegan at the start of 2012 when he took the bold gamble of entering the PDC Qualifying School…and it paid off handsomely as he earned his prized Tour Card to guarantee his spot in all the PDC Pro Tour events for at least two years – and beyond!
It was a huge achievement and a big step on his own personal darting ladder to success.
He has already achieved many notable results on the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour.
But it all clicked into place at the end of May 2012 in Crawley, when Keegan catapulted himself into the top 100 players in the world, reached his first senior Pro Tour semi-final and beat four of the world’s top ten, including three Premier League stars!
It really was the stuff of darting dreams!
On the Pro Tour Players Championship double-header, he got through to the last 16 on one day and then had an astonishing run to the semi-finals on the other day, eventually losing to winner Dave Chisnall.
But he had done enough damage to enhance his already growing reputation.
The four top 10 players he vanquished were all Team Unicorn stablemates….2012 Premier League players Wade, Andy Hamilton and Kevin Painter, plus former PL star Terry Jenkins.
He came from 0-3 down to beat Wade and from 2-4 down to topple ‘The Hammer’ – and add to that the scalps of Vincent van der Voort, Steve West, Mark Dudbridge and Dennis Smith – you can see why it was a special weekend for Brown!
He has also qualified for the major new European Tour events and it has been a spectacular rise from Unicorn Academy to top darts player.
Unicorn’s Edward Lowy takes up the story.
“I first met Keegan on a very sunny day at Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth in 2007. He had been corresponding with us, aged 24 for a little while. His enthusiasm for darts was then, and is now, entirely infectious.”
“After we met up, Keegan joined our Generation 180 group and we have watched with great pleasure as he started gaining experience, making a name for himself and winning prestigious local tournaments.”
“It has been a rapid rise and he deserves a lot of credit for all his efforts.”
Keegan has set himself some clear aims.
He is targeting the PDC Unicorn Youth World Championship and steady progress up the world rankings.
“I have always wanted to play against the big boys in darts and now I am doing that every week. I am trying to build foundations and keep on moving up!” Brown said.
He works as a lab assistant for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust- and he has also just hit his first 9 darter, albeit in practice, but this is a young man with his feet firmly on the ground and you get the feeling that he will continue to be a big hit on the oche.
Keegan Brown’s darting destiny is in his own hands.