Worksop Snooker League ace Ash Carty is hoping for invites to major professional tournaments, thanks to his performance in qualifying school.
The Thurcroft teen has been working hard to earn his professional tour card, and although May’s ‘Q School’ in Gloucester saw him fail to reach the semi-finals, he achieved a high enough ranking to put himself on the radar of major event organisers.
This was Carty’s second year in action at the Q School, based at the South West Snooker Academy.
In the first of the two events he got to last 16, beating fellow Englishman Damian Wilks 4-0, then Welshman Kishan Hirani 4-2 – despite finding himself 2-0 down.
In the next round he beat Peter Devlin of England 4-0, but went on to lose 4-2 to Scotland’s Eden Sharav.
Carty told the Guardian: “ I had a bit of bad luck at important times in the match and that swung the match his way.”
The youngster, who has learned his trade at North Notts Arena’s snooker academy, faced a tougher task in the second event, coming up against three former professional players.
After beating Andy Marriott 4-2, he went on to triumph over ex-pro players Lucky Vatnani of India, China’s Li Yan, then Welshman Daniel Wells, all by a 4-3 scoreline.
In the final qualifier, however, Carty lost out to compatriot Michael Georgiou, 4-2.
But the local star wasn’t too downbeat.
He said: “Good runs in both events meant that out of 145 players that entered Q School, after the eight main tour qualifiers I ended up ranked second, meaning that I will probably get invited to most, if not, all the major professional tournaments.”
After two tough weeks there was no rest for the youngster, who then played in the Wuxi Classic qualifiers.
With just one victory needed to earn a trip to China, Carty went down 5-4 to the world’s number 50 ranked player Rory McLeod, although he was 4-3 up at one stage.
Carty lamented his opponent’s veteran status and know how.
He said: “I think it was only his experience that won him the match.”
Still the travelling to Gloucester wasn’t done, as Carty returned a few days later for the Australian Goldfields Open.
He enjoyed wins over new Chinese professional Lu Chenwei and the in-form Kyren Wilson, who reached the first rounds at the Crucible in the World Championships in May.
Carty said: “I played some of the best snooker I’ve played for a while, before losing out to the world number 47 5-4, again having been up 4-3 in the match.
The hectic schedule made a week off necessary, before Carty returned to the practise table for yet another big tournament.
He said: “I had a week off after all this, but now I’m back in practise for the final of the English Under 21 Championships at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on 19th July.”
“My match is against joe O’connor from Leicester and it’s a best of 15 match.”
With travelling costs to pay for, Carty says he’s indebted to his sponsor for helping him in a bid to make it into the professional ranks.
“Once again I’d like to thank my sponsors Shaun Hudson and Fiona Hudson of Hudson’s Removals and Distributions for their continued support,” he said.
If anyone wants to sponsor Carty, you can contact his father John on 07931 660319.
For information on the North Notts Arena Snooker Academy visit nnca.info