Telford has focus on the future after return from neck injury

Portadown's Wayne Telford (left) has enjoyed a strong run of results at the Seapoint Winter Series.
Portadown's Wayne Telford (left) has enjoyed a strong run of results at the Seapoint Winter Series.

Wayne Telford has a return to full professional status as his target following almost two years of injury hell.

The Portadown golfer had his EuroPro Tour progress disrupted by severe herniated disc damage but is now plotting a return up the rankings.

Sustained injury issues over the past few years have restricted Telford’s development since turning professional in 2012.

The 32-year-old accepts facing a fight against the march of time alongside his other battles to maintain the dream of a professional career.

“Having turned professional quite late on and with so much time then lost to injury, there is no doubt that the next 24 months will prove the most important of my career,” said Telford. “But I used the time out to analyse everything and work on my mental strength as much as whatever physical work was possible during recovery from the disc problem.

“I have been told I am back up to 99 per cent strength and do not experience any trouble now out on the course.

“I had some tough times but do not want to look back and now it is all about moving forward.

“I plan on giving it my all and using what I now know about my strengths and any weak areas to push on.

“I feel I am driving better than ever and more consistent off the tee so there is a clear strategy for the next period.”

Telford is currently top in the Order Of Merit at the Seapoint-hosted Winter Series.

Staged over six meetings, Telford has two wins and a second-place position on his scoreboard at the halfway point.

The Seapoint schedule is proving the perfect preparation for Spain’s Evolve Tour Winter Series in February before a return to Q School next April in pursuit of his full professional card.

“I am really enjoying Seapoint and it is ideal at this point,” said Telford. “I have accepted an invitation to Spain for another Winter Series and that five-week programme will set me up for Q School.

“Sponsorship support from D&GW Racing and Bada-Bing Pizza has been vital.”