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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

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