Pro tour in sight for Billy

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The sky is the limit for Billy Holmes after he won the country’s biggest youth darts tournament - the England Open.

The 15-year-old from Stantonbury Park made his TV debut on Sunday, walking out in front of a packed arena in Selsey, Sussex, where he beat Gloucestershire’s Kieran Smith 3-0 in the final.

Incredibly, the teenager lost just one leg in his five games at the tournament - including the televised final, not that the cameras seemed to faze him.

“Once he was up on the stage, he was fine,” said dad Mark. “I don’t think being on television made a lot of difference to him.

“It’s the biggest tournament victory he could take for his age, and from here, he really can stamp his mark on the game in England.

“The response he got on the internet and on Facebook in support of him was incredible. He has won a lot of fans.”

His victory ranks him as one of the best young players in the country.

Such is his calibre at the moment, he reached the semi-finals of the men’s pairs competition with Luis Barberan - another teenage sensation from Birmingham.

And with his 16th birthday a little under a year away, Mark says Billy will be on the professional tour in 18 months time.

Mark added: “He will go onto the BDO tour next January, without a doubt.

“He has beaten top seeds in that organisation, and has raised a lot of eyebrows in doing so.

“Darts has become one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and Billy could go as far as it gets.

“He has all the potential.”