After the two-week break, for the American swing, from Europe it was back to butts with the Tour players looking to earn and bring home the bacon from the sunny and sizzling hot Danish Open (you may freely groan at the pun, I did)
It was good too meet up with Hennie who has been away since June and also Jake again …. They were both in good tune and there was the ongoing journey with Mark who is caddying for Jake, good chats there! I also came across the a couple whom I’ve mentioned before often, although not for a while due to golfer not having his Tour card this year, so it was terrific to see them again …
BUT … The overriding topic was the sudden passing of Brian McFeat who had caddied for twenty odd years on tour and then been responsible for the ‘Bag-run’ a role that meant he would transport the players golf bags from one event to the next, saving players the expense of excess baggage and the inconvenience whilst being an alternative form of employment for him, Brian had been filling this role for the last 7-8 years since finishing caddying ..
Sadly he died in his sleep a week ago, and at the event there was a minutes silence at the course during the first round at 12am on Thursday …
Death often brings one to a stop, and needless to say I had a few conversations about Brian with those whom he had known for many years and who knew him as a long term friend the large as life character he was …
The often used statement from those I talked to was; “it was a good way to go” alluding to dying in his sleep, which is a bit of a throw away line, and when those who put this forward add that they’d like to go that way, [the people who say this know that they don’t, in their hearts, mean it] I’m then moved to interject with a, “it’s not how you die, it’s where you’re going” The responses to my riposte were interesting;
- “that’s true”
- “What do you mean, so you think he wasn’t going to Heaven?”
- “What do you mean, so you think I’m not going to Heaven?
- Silence; as they deliberated on their comment …
- “There isn’t anything after death”
And other variations …
As we know it is written;
“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”
Physical death does not end conscious existence. There is an “after that”
I always find it interesting how people deflect the stark reality and certainty of death with platitudes such as I’ve mentioned, whilst they are clearly feeling the pain of loss as many on the tour were …. I had and will have opportunities over the coming weeks for more discussions involving Brian’s passing …
The minutes silence gives everyone a chance for reflection, but what is a minute compared to eternity?
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplin to the European Tourkr@logosgolfministries.com
Next Week; Czech Masters in Prague