Scandinavian Masters Barseback GC, Malmo, Sweden May 30 – June 01
I’ve often mentioned that some of the best contact times are when the other person can’t escape; shuttle bus, courtesy car, when taking refuge from bad weather … this week these came together on four separate occasions.
When leaving Copenhagen airport we had a 30-minute courtesy car run to the course and I spent that time chatting to a caddie from Stirling who has been on the Tour for five years. Then the gale force conditions on Wednesday gave two 3/4 hour chats with two caddies who between them have mustered 58 years on the Tour.
The shuttle bus took half an hour and one of those journeys was spent beside a player from Wales, who has in my time on Tour been back and forth on the EuroPro, Challenge and main circuits – he has ground it out and is still going.
The common thread during these four chats was how aware they all were of; my role on Tour [other than the survey], the amount of believers from South Africa and who they are, the Bible studies we hold and that life in general has more to offer than what they have … How right they are – four super conversations …. When people are on their own it’s amazing just how more open they are to talk as opposed to when in a group where their thoughts and words are guarded.
I also met up with an Asian player, and the only other believer there this week I was aware of …. Always good to get together on a 1 – 1 at these events, and his English is so good I can easily understand him, but not sure if it works the other way round?!
One other interesting and encouraging happening this week was through the social medium of What’s App. You’ll all be aware of a SA caddie who got saved over two years ago and is presently carrying for a player in Asia .. We keep in touch regularly by What’s App and he sent a message saying that his player was treating him badly on the course at this week’s tournament and he was ready to give it up … exact quote ‘I need advice I am really down’ so it was a joy to reply to him and the final sign off from him was ‘thanks, feeling much better now’ – I know social media can get a rough press but there are times when it is positive and when you can communicate instantly with someone in Japan!
Mind boggling …
Upcoming event; Club Pros’ Championship in Dublin – This isn’t really a Logos event but over the years when I have helped out with the survey at it, there has been an increasing number of players taking part whom I have come across on the Challenge and ET, with life on the circuit being so competitive then not everyone can stay in the top hundred or so and around 20 players will be in Dublin who now ply their trade at PGA club level – so we’ll see who the Spirit brings me across this coming week …
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour
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