Bamburgh Castle golfer Garrick Porteous says he is in buoyant mood after some positive results recently.
The 24-year-old from Morpeth turned pro in April after competing in The Masters.
And a few days ago, he teed up a major milestone in his career by securing his first pro cut, competing at the Lyoness Open, in Austria.
He shot 74-69-72-73 to finish tied 32nd and gain his first pay cheque as a professional.
By Porteous’ own admission, the first few months on the tour have been a learning curve, adjusting to the travel, jet lag, the heat and humidity and playing with seasoned professionals.
Missed cuts early on in his pro career have shown him that the transition from elite amateur to touring professional will take time.
But he is loving and enjoying the pro challenge and his confidence is growing.
At Walton Heath on May 26, for US Open qualifying, Porteous shot 70-71 to finish 17th and miss the play-off by just one shot.
Porteous admits that 2014 was always going to be about making the most of his invitations and gaining experience as a professional. But he is in buoyant mood following recent results and relishing the challenge ahead.