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Causton aims to follow in Bingham's footsteps
RYAN Causton says he would love to follow in the footsteps of Stuart Bingham and win the World Amateur Championships to set up a successful pro career.
The 23-year-old from Shoebury has received a late call-up to represent England in Latvia next month.
And Causton says he is determined to make his mark at a tournament which boasts former champions including Jimmy White, Stephen Maguire, Mark Allen, former World Champion Ken Doherty and Vange’s own top 16 man, Bingham.
Causton said: “When you see some of the names who have won it before and the great things they went on to achieve in the game, it does show just what a big opportunity it can be.
“Stuart Bingham is someone to come out of this area and win this, and now he’s regarded as one of the world’s best players. That’s something I’d like to achieve one day.
“My aim is to win it, but I will be up against the best amateur players from across the world, so I would be happy to just reach the quarter-finals.
“But I’ll go there and give it my best shot and just take all I can from the experience.”
Causton was not originally on the English Association of Snooker & Billiards’ list of representatives, but he discovered last week he will now join Jeff Cundy and John Whitty in a three-man team at the competition, which will run between November 27 and December 8.
“It looked like I’d missed out but then they saw me play well in the home international in August, where I only dropped two frames in six matches,” said Causton, who started out in the amateur ranks six years ago.
“I’ve now found some consistency to my game and reached two semi-finals and a quarter-finals recently.
“I’ve also been at some PTCs and on the TV this year, and it’s all given the confidence to kick on and start to make some in-roads in the game.”
Causton is looking for sponsorship to help pay for his trip to Latvia. If you can help email him at email@example.com, or call 01702 295095.
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