CHRIS Miller was really flying after being given his wings in an international competition in the United States.
The talented teenager claimed overall second place in the Red Bull Final Five competition at one of America's top golf resorts.
Pinehurst in South Carolina has staged one of the sport's classics but Miller, from Widnes Golf Club, gave a fantastic account of himself - missing out on victory by one shot.
Miller was the North West of England's only qualifier for a competition which rewards those who do best down the home stretch.
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Golfers from all over Europe took part and Miller made the grand final across the Atlantic after a long and anxious wait.
The 19-year-old, who lives in Widnes, plays off a six handicap and was among just 40 UK players to get through to the grand finals.
He said: 'I had a three-under-gross final five holes in the April Medal competition but had to wait until October to find out I had qualified.
'I couldn't wait to get over to the States to play at a golf resort which has held the US Open.'
Miller reached the final in competition from 124,802 entrants and flew out for the all-expenses paid trip and a 54-hole final played on three courses.
Five professionals from the European Challenge tour joined the amateurs in competing for a £20,000 purse over four days.
The package included free flights, accommodation at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst Village plus the three competition rounds against representatives from all over Europe and the USA.
The Stableford event saw points doubled on the final holes of each round.
Miller scored 39pts on Pinehurst No 8 course, 44 on No 4 and 52pts on No 2 for an aggregate of 135pts.