Thurcroft snooker sensation Ashley Carty got a taste of life at the sport’s top table this week, at the German Masters.
The Notts Arena trained teenager was in action at the Tempodrom in Berlin, in the last 32 alongside some of snooker’s biggest names.
Carty came up against Martin Gould, the number 26 ranked player in the world, and lost 5-3.
But the amateur player knows he gave it a good shot on the big stage, having levelled at 3-3 before two crucial frames went the way of the professional.
He said: “I am pleased with how I played, I gave him and good game and feel like I probably could have won the match.”
“But I’m happy with how I’ve done playing in front of a big crowd and in an unbelievable venue.”
“I am proud of my achievement.”
Carty beat world number 15 Robert Milkins and James Cahill to qualify for the event, which is televised on British Eurosport.
He has no time to sit back and reflect on his performance, however, with more big tournaments lined up.
Next week the youngster is in action at the Barnsley Metrodome in the China and India Open qualifiers.
And then he’s off to Cardiff for the Welsh Open, before the final European Tour event in Poland at the end of the month.
The snooker star, who is chasing a professional tour card, said: “I’m thankful to my new sponsor PTC Group for helping me out for the upcoming events.”