SNOOKER: What a whirlwind of a week for Worksop-trained wonderboy Carty

Ash Carty pictured at North Notts Arena  (w130704-4e)
Ash Carty pictured at North Notts Arena (w130704-4e)

In a whirlwind of a week when he beat one of the game’s legends, Ash Carty could be forgiven for taking a moment and pinching himself.

The Thurcroft youngster picked up one of the most notable scalps of his career last weekend, when he beat Jimmy White in qualifying for the China Open.

There was no time to sit back and reflect on his achievement however, as Carty, who learned his trade in Worksop at North Notts Arena’s academy, ploughed straight into the Welsh Open.

And it certainly wasn’t a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show, the teenager easing through the first two rounds on Monday.

First he dispatched world number 24 Michael Holt 4-2, then in the evening he whitewashed Alfie Burden 4-0.

Carty’s Welsh Open came to an end at the hands of Marco Fu, ranked 11 in the world, who defeated the youngster 4-2 on Wednesday night in the last 32.

Finally the 19-year-old could look back on what he called the best week of his career to date, including that win over a legend – even if it wasn’t vintage snooker.

“Against Jimmy it wasn’t the best of games, it was a scrappy game at times,” he said.

“But I just had to dig in and get a result.”

“I did some good clearances under pressure to knick a couple of frames, and to beat a legend of the game means a lot to me and gave me a lot of confidence.”

The result means he’s off to the Far East next month for the China Open, another major event for Carty to mix with the big boys.

“I’m delighted to qualify for the China Open because snooker is massive in China and it will be a great experience – it’s up there with one of the biggest tournaments I’ve played in.”

Having proved to the world, not just himself, that he can compete at the top level, Carty – whose dream is to earn a professional tour card – doesn’t want it to stop.

“My good run in the German Masters has gave me a massive confidence boost.”

“I know I can beat the top players and I’ve beat two more this week.”

“I just hope I keep this good run of form up.”