Palm Beach Rising: Ben Silverman

Photography by Nick Mele

PGA Tour rookie and Greenacres resident Ben Silverman is proof that any dream is achievable. Silverman’s fascination with golf began at age 13 (a relatively late start by the sport’s standards) when, on a whim, he enrolled in a junior golf camp while on a family vacation in Vancouver. “There were so many different aspects of [the sport] to learn, and each was difficult,” he says. “I wasn’t good at it right away and that attracted me. I wanted to get good at it.” He did improve, slowly but steadily. At 18, the Ontario native moved to South Florida and went on to play golf for Florida Atlantic University. In August 2017, about a month after he and his wife, Morgan, welcomed a baby boy, he won his first major tournament on the Tour, finally earning his PGA Tour card shortly before turning 30. As of press time, Silverman has posted two top 10 finishes in his first year, demonstrating the power of determination.

Most challenging aspect of the game: Being at the height of your focus every time you play. Guiding light: My wife has always lived her life to make it better—to be healthier, to learn more, or to improve mental attitude. She makes me feel like I want to be better. Binge watches: Master of None Favorite round of golf: Even though I’ve played at a couple of famous courses on the PGA Tour, there’s still a round that stands out to me at Cabot Links in Nova Scotia. It was a style of golf course I’d never played before, and it didn’t feel like Canada or anywhere in the United States. Crave-worthy local bite: Sweet potato–crusted grouper at Little Moir’s Food Shack Cinematic inspiration: Russell Crowe in Gladiator Dream dinner guest: Former Toronto Maple Leaf Doug Gilmour. He was one of my favorite hockey players when I was a kid. Next goal: Winning on the PGA Tour. I’ll take any win.

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