Scotland Golfers Alliance Championship
4th & 5th October, 2016
The Scottish Alliance Championship is an event that comprises of the four Alliance associations- North, South, East & West.
This year the event was run by the West Alliance so the venue was at Irvine Bogside in Ayrshire.
After being away for a week in Fuerteventura to visit my father in law, it seemed a little chilly although the temperature was a mild 14 degrees for the time of year (It was 28 degrees in Fuerteventura!). A brisk wind was brewing and I knew this would be a tough day as Irvine is tricky enough at the best of times, never mind with the wind. I was fortunate enough to arrange a meeting with the Scottish PGA Secretary, Shona Malcolm, while I was in Irvine and we discussed the possibility of a Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am for next year. The PGA are more than happy to put this event on the calendar so once we have confirmed the venue this event will be going ahead next Autumn – Good news for the ministry and details to follow in the new year!
After hitting a few balls I made my way to the tee and my playing partner for the next couple of days would be Gary from the North Alliance. I got to give him the brief details of my role with Logos before we teed off and initially he seemed quite surprised, but as we played round he did not ask anything else about it and I definitely got the feeling he wanted to avoid the subject as we spoke about everything else but that. A very difficult 25 mph wind blew for the rest of the day and it seemed as though every hole was playing into the wind. Not a great scoring day and the scores for the event showed this apart from the early starters who got it a bit calmer – how dare they!
Again, we were teeing off a bit later the next day and it seemed as though the wind had stayed the exact same. I was told it was like this all morning so the whole field had to play under the same conditions. I did feel slightly better but then realised I still had to go and tough it out again. What happened today really showed me something that was strange but encouraging. Gary did not mention anything regarding my role or ask any questions about it. I kind of figured that was going to happen after yesterday but I still remained open for the rest of my time there. As I played round I experienced a change in my golf and I really felt I was swinging well and playing well despite the strong wind. As I kept going I began to forget about the score and just thought about how my body was moving. This was how it should feel and I was striking the ball better than ever. The wind was still making it tough and putting was not easy. As I walked off I had scored 80 but felt as though I had played extremely well and learned something that was going to change my game for the future. Gary and I thanked each other for our company over the last couple of days in tough conditions and said our goodbyes before heading home. Irvine had won over the two days but I felt I had taken away not just the good news of the Pro-Am for next year, but an experience that will last and will take me to the next level of my playing.
Sometimes going through the tough times is when we really learn what we need to. We might not see it right away and we might feel as though we are fighting a losing battle, but by being aware of what is going on around us and persevering towards the end we can always learn something, and that something may have already came up years ago but we simply forgot about it.
Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the growth of the ministry leading to the Logos Pro-Am next year.
In his service,
Vincent Brown Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador and PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour
contact Vincent by email firstname.lastname@example.org