Gulfport teen to play in jr. golf tournament at Augusta National

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - 13-year-old John-Michael Miller attends Bayou View Middle School and is a member of the Gulfport High School golf team.

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship consists of boys and girls ages 7 to 15.

Miller traveled to Texas and qualified to compete in the Regional finals and captured first-place in the 12 to 13 year old division. That win punched his ticket to Augusta.

Miller said,"Feels great. I mean such a great course, real prestigious and I'm excited to see it and play on it and practice on it. I'm just grateful for Augusta National letting us come out the week before and letting us play."

John-Michael says his golf game will get much better once he's gets older and is able to drive the ball a long distance.

"My short game is probably one of my stronger parts of my golf game but that's simply because all these greens that are long, 400 yards,"stated. Miller. "I just hit a driver, hit a second shot up there just short around the green and I have to get up and down, I have to chip and putt well to compete."

John-Michael Miller thanks God for his talents and gives praise to his dad for the hours he has spent with him practicing since picking up a golf club at the age of 6. He also says his mom has been a big inspiration.

Miller won't be in awe when he competes against the best young golfers in North America on Sunday. He's a member of the U.S. Kids Golf Tour and traveled to East Logan, Scotland last year and played in the European Championship.

He's a gifted golfer who has a long-term goal... the PGA Tour.

Miller competed at the 2014 Yellow Jacket Invitational at Sunkist Country Club Tuesday.  He shot an 88.  West Jones captured team honors beating 12 other teams.  Pearl River Central was second and Malachi Spears of the Blue Devils was low-medalist with a 70.  Thomas Miles of West Jones was second with a 72.

West Jones had a 304 total, followed by Pearl River Central (313), St. Stanislaus (315), Hancock (326), Gulfport (336) and St. Patrick (341) rounding out the top six teams.

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