A teenage snooker ace from Aylesbury reckons the next three tournaments on a regional circuit could shape his future career.
Sonnie O’Sullivan, who had never reached the final before, triumphed in the fifth leg of the English Association of Snooker and Billiards Regional Junior Tour South.
A 2-1 victory over Daniel Knox (Ascot) at the South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester, took the 17-year-old up two places to sixth in the rankings.
O’Sullivan, a semi-finalist in the fourth leg in Brighton last month, is targeting three wins from the final three legs to clinch promotion to the EASB Premier Junior Tour for the country’s top-48 under-21s.
And then it’s decision time.
“I didn’t really play very well through the day,” he said.
“I just had to scrap it out a little and play really solid in a tight frame if it got down to it.
“I can get promoted. I started the season really bad without getting out of the groups in the first three tournaments so I knew I had to start doing well.
“I got to the semi-final in Brighton and now I’ve won the last one so hopefully I can kick on from there and win the last three events.”
O’Sullivan has taken a break from full-time education and will assess the situation in the summer.
“I will see at the end of the season what will happen next,” he said.
“I’ll either be going back into education or sticking with my snooker.”
O’Sullivan, who pocketed £100, was crowned Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Champion in 2013.
The sixth leg of eight is at Cambridge Snooker Centre on Saturday, April 5.