ras native Brian Miller gave himself a chance to tie for the lead in the Golden State Golf Tour's opening spring event.
   Miller saw a 10-foot birdie putt just miss on the final hole of the Carlton Oaks Pro Event at Santee, Calif. The three-day event wrapped up Friday.
   Miller shot a 69 on the final day with a 33 on the front nine to put himself in contention for the top spot. Miller was battling Los Angeles native James Oh for the $9,000 top prize. Miller finished with a three-day total of 208, a stroke behind Oh.
   Birdies on the 11th, 13th and 16th holes moved Miller within contention. However, a double bogey on the 15th allowed Oh to stay ahead.
   Oh led throughout the tourney, opening with a 68 on March 19 to jump four strokes ahead of Miller. Miller had the second day's low round of 67 to put himself in contention.
   Miller started out the final round three strokes back of Oh.
   In finishing second, Miller earned $5,000, which is his largest payday in the Golden State tour so far this season. Miller is seventh in tour winnings at $8,953.
   The Golden State Tour had four tournaments during the winter season. Oh leads the overall money standings with $19,865.
   The Golden State Tour's spring season has 18 events lasting through May 16.
   The next stop is Thursday and Friday at Beaumon's (Calif.) Oak Valley Golf Course. Miller is scheduled to compete.
   Miller is playing in the Golden States Tour after participating in the PGA Tour's qualifying school. Miller advanced to the second round.
   Last year, Miller played in the Sony Open in Hawaii and just missed the cut to earn a check. He was a Monday qualifier for the January, 2007 event.
   Miller has played in various mini-tours during his career. He won $50,000 while playing on the A.G. Spanos California Tour in 2006.
   A 1998 Madras High grad, Miller was part of the White Buffalo's state championship golf team of 1995. He also helped Madras win state basketball trophies in 1997 and 1998.
   Miller played collegiate golf at San Diego State, finishing up his career by playing in the 2003 NCAA tournament.
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