ACE FOR SILMAN IN FIRST EVENT BACK
played five rounds (since returning) and walked off with no pain which is a great feeling.
“The hole-in-one was played with a nine-iron and pitched just past the hole and spun back in. The good thing is that the hole was slightly downhill so there is a great view of the green which meant I saw the whole thing. It
“I had an enforced nine months off from any tournament play and did not hit a ball for seven. I tried every treatment going but finally I got the right advice.”
That advice came from Silman’s friend and fellow golfer Graham Stone (Bishop’s Stortford) who had to take two years out of the game himself after being plagued by similar injury problems.
Silman, who has been at Tenterden since 2010, explained: “Graham advised me to try swinging the club in a certain way where I didn’t not inflame my back or hip which is what I was doing before.
“Thankfully it seems to have done the trick and I also have acupuncture which seems to help.”
Silman and Sheppard now play in the grand final on the Jack Nicklaus designed course at Carden Park in Cheshire in August but his next competition is on Monday, June 27, when he and Tenterden member John Sharples play in the Lombard Trophy qualifier at Ashridge, Hertfordshire, the scene of one of Silman’s other competitive aces, which came during regional qualifying for the Open in 2005.
‘The hole was downhill. . . I saw the whole thing