RISING North East teenager Callum Tarren has set his sights on a US golfing scholarship.
The Durham County player has seen his handicap reduced to an amazing +2 this season on his way to winning the Durham Match Play Trophy.
The 17-year-old from Dinsdale Spa Golf Club near Darlington has also turned in a top-class performance at the EGU Northern Boys Championships at Arcot Hall while he's also competed at the English Amateur, the Carris Trophy, the Sir Henry Cooper and British Open qualifying.
The youngster told golf North East: "The wins I've had this season have made me a lot more confident. I've been trying to pick up as much experience as possible at the highest level this year and I know the plan has really worked."
Callum, who lives in Darlington, has just begun the final year of his A levels, studying PE, leisure and media studies - and he's already talking to several American colleges.
He said: "I definitely want to turn professional and am aiming at a playing career at the very highest level. My game has come on in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years and I believe that going to the US will move me further forward.
"I'm talking to several different colleges in the US at the moment but have yet to decide where my future lies. I know a few players from the North East have gone over to the States and it seems the best way to go these days."
Callum took up golf when he was 12 after a promising earlier career as a footballer, including a spell at the Darlington FC academy.
He added: "A friend of mine's mum worked at Dinsdale and we just went over one day. I took to the game straight away and haven't really looked back since. I got my handicap down from 28 to 24 in the first year and then to 16 in the next and 5 the following year.
"I became the No 1 for the Dinsdale Spa men's team when I was 15 and got my handicap down to scratch. It was +1 last year and I've shaved another stroke off this season, which has been great."
Throughout most of that time Callum has been coached by Dinsdale Spa's head pro Martyn Stubbings and Callum said: "Martyn has been brilliant and I'd like to thank him very much for what he's done for me. He's been brilliant and I know my game has really improved under his guidance."