WILTSHIRE golfer Jake Bolton began his quest to qualify for this year’s US Open on Monday.

And the Ogbourne Downs member received a significant boost in his attempt to do so after Wroughton-based company, Earthline sponsored Bolton’s trip.

As the 22-year-old’s amateur career draws to a close, Bolton has flown to The Bears Club in Jupiter, Florida to take part in what is widely known as “the longest day in golf”.

The Ogbourne Down member will play 36 holes at The Bears Club alongside the likes of Luke Donald, Ross Fisher, and 2009 US Open winner, Lucas Glover.

Competing in a field of 78 players, a place in the top six will see the Wiltshireman competing alongside the likes of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at Torrey Pines on June 17-20.

Following personal success at the recent Walker Cup for Great Britain and Ireland, Bolton set his sights on qualifying for one of the biggest solo tournaments of the year.

And Earthline manager Austin Lilywhite explained how his company was only too pleased to help Bolton try to achieve his dream.

Lilywhite said: “This is a great opportunity for Jake in his quest to turn professional and make a career out of his passion.

“It is hard to break into the elite level and expensive to get there, so by sponsoring Jake we hope that this will help him achieve his goal and become the next Tiger Woods.”

Bolton’s qualifying day began at 1pm BST on Monday, therefore the 22-year-old finished after the Adver went to print.

Details of Bolton’s result and his reaction will be available online and in print in the coming days.