Malton’s Tolhurst is looking to drive – chip and putt – his way to Audi final in Los Cabos, Mexico

Adrian Tolhurst after his victory in the Hull & York Audi Invitational staged at The Oaks GC.
Adrian Tolhurst after his victory in the Hull & York Audi Invitational staged at The Oaks GC.
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MALTON & Norton GC member Adrian Tolhurst hopes his golfing travels can take him to Mexico - via North Yorkshire, Co Durham and Wiltshire.

Eleven-handicapper Tolhurst won the Hull & York Audi quattro Cup Invitational event at The Oaks GC with an excellent 41-point stableford return to earn himself a place at Wednesday’s Regional Final at Rockcliffe Hall, Co Durham.

There - in partnership with his assigned team-mate, Jon Naylor (Hornsea) - he will look to forge a path to the Audi quattro Cup UK Final at Bowood Golf & Country Club near Calne, Wiltshire in September.

Success there would mean representing Great Britain in the event’s World Final on the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol GC, Los Cabos, in Mexico, at the end of November.

The prospect is an enticing one for the Amotherby resident, who has never played golf abroad.

He has, however, played at Rockcliffe Hall before and rates it an excellent course, likening it in layout and length to the 2010 Ryder Cup venue, Celtic Manor.

“It’s a very similar design and I think that it was built with the hope of staging the Ryder Cup,” he said. “There are lots of mounds which would make good viewing areas for spectators.”

It is its latter similarity to the scene of Europe’s dramatic Ryder Cup triumph in Wales that is of more relevance as he attempts to plot his route to Los Cabos, namely its length.

“It’s a big hitter’s course - in fact I think it might be the longest in the UK - and I’m not particularly a big hitter so it doesn’t suit me very well, really,” he reflected, but added positively, “but my short game tends to save me a little bit.

“I would say I have probably got a long game of that of a 14 to 15 handicapper and the short game probably of a seven or eight, so it balances out to my actual handicap of 11.

“But I can get caught out when I go to a long course because a lot of people are going in with a seven or eight iron at holes where I’m going in with a four or a five iron, and obviously getting the ball to stop on the green near the pain is a lot more difficult with a longer club.

“The event that I won was at a quite short course and I seemed to be hitting around a seven iron into the greens quite regularly, which was nice. But although I’m not a long driver I am fairly straight, which can be an advantage on certain holes.”

Tolhurst plays regularly with Malton & Norton’s head greenkeeper, Richard Jacques, a four-handicapper who is a long hitter, and the pair competed together at Scarborough South Cliff on Monday in a charity day as a warm-up for Wednesday.

Tolhurst runs his own office supply company, Direct Imaging Supplies Ltd, and therefore has not had to beg time off from the boss to compete in the next stage of the Audi quattro Cup.

“We have been going six years and there are 17 of us and I’m in a position where I have a little flexibility for taking time off - although not too much, because you don’t want to have more holidays than the staff,” he said.

“We are a good team and they are a really good bunch to work with.”

Tolhurst is hoping that team will need to do without his supervision for a few days in November.