Josh Payne

General info:Josh has been a rising star in darts from an early age, being the youngest player to win the Kent Men’s Super-league Singles aged 17 years. He was then picked for the Kent County A side (aged 17) and represented England at Youth level in the European Cup. He has since won numerous Open tournaments at senior level including the Sittingbourne Open and the Medway Open.2013 Season:Josh has played on the PDC Youth Tour since its inception in 2011 and due to his excellent performances won his tour card for the main PDC Players Tour for 2 years which he started in 2013. He climbed to 93rd on the Pro Tour Order of Merit having accrued 2,900k in earnings and competing against seasoned professionals. During his first year he beat Phil Taylor in the UK Open qualifier and narrowly missed out on appearing in the final televised stages. He continued to also play on the PDC Challenge (Youth) this year and finished a reputable 9th in the Order of Merit, again competing against players several years his senior (upper age limit was increased to 25 and under). In 2013 Josh also qualified for the televised stages of the Gibraltar and German Masters, both PDC European Tour Events. Finally, Josh went to La Rochelle in May 2013 to compete in “The World” soft tip darts championships where he was crowned “Bullmaster” at his first attempt, hitting 35 consecutive Bulls! The world record of 43 consecutive bulls is held by Royden Lam a soft tip expert with several years of experience playing this format of the sport. 2014 Season:Josh played on the PDC Youth Tour again this season and finished overall second in the Order of Merit, missing out on top spot by £300. During the season he was the most consistent player on the tour winning 2 events, finishing runner up in 2 events and not reaching the latter stages of an event only once. Josh finished above all UK based youth players including the current youth world champion. In the 2014 Youth World Championship qualifiers Josh lost in the last 8 to the eventual winner.On the 2014 PDC Professional Players Tour Josh has qualified for the Dutch Masters in Eindhoven and the televised stages the UK Open Finals, both events being televised. Josh played in 20 Tour events beating several top professionals including Simon Whitlock, Dave Chisnall, Robert Thornton and Justin Pipe as well as narrowly losing out to Wes Newton and Michael van Gerwen. His performances have aroused attention amongst the top players on the Pro Tour, particularly Phil Taylor who mentioned Josh in a TV interview with Robbie Savage (approximately1min 40 secs in) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWhEV7JAEkk Josh eventually finished 84th on the 2014 Pro Tour, an improvement of 9 places on the previous season. Due to his exceptional performances on the Youth Tour Josh has retained his professional tour card for a further 2 years which he started in January 2015, taking part in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He is still just 21 years old therefore eligible to play in the 16 Youth Tour events for this forthcoming season. 2015 SeasonJosh played in 6 UK Open Qualifiers earning £750 which earned him a place at the UK Open Finals in Minehead. He reached the last 32 of this major event narrowly losing out to Mensur Suljovic (current world ranked 33) who went on to the last 8. Recently Josh has qualified for the final stages of two European events, the German Masters and the Dutch Masters, to be played in April 2015 and June 2015 respectively.

Josh Payne
10th December 1993
Home Town
Gravesend, Kent
Darts Used
22g Josh Payne Darts