Douglas Park Golf Club hosts one of the few Pro-Ams that I always play in each year due to where it is and there is always a healthy support for this Pro-Am, meaning plenty of Professionals required for it. After the weather of the previous 2 days I was not even sure if the event would go ahead but no messages from the PGA that morning so business as usual.
On arrival I made my way to the practice putting green to find a very wet and spongy surface which was not great to putt on. The alarm bells were going off already and I could see a number of puddles down the 1st and 18th holes. The course was probably borderline for playing and if this had been a Saturday medal I’m sure it would not have gone ahead. The problem the officials have in these circumstances is that a lot of money and planning goes into organizing a Pro-Am, so unless there are rivers running down the fairways and lakes on the greens they will always try and go ahead. The alternative is to rearrange for another day which is very hard to do at this stage in the year.
None of my playing partners had played the course before. As we walked down the 1st hole I got chatting to one of them about my role with the ministry as he asked what club I was at due to the announcement on the tee of my attachment. Its always good to get in there early and I got to give him a fairly comprehensive explanation before we finished the hole. I also had a moment with another partner around the 5th hole where he asked, “So what’s Logos Ministries then?”. He had obviously been thinking about it for a bit and then felt he had to ask, so this was another good chat which lasted for the duration of the hole. He thought it was good idea to have something like that on the tartan tour and was quite impressed we have got an event on the calendar. As usual this year, the weather changed from being fairly calm to being wet and windy. It was a tough slog for the back 9 with the course playing it’s full length, and Douglas Park’s greens are difficult enough when dry never mind being spongy with the amount of rain they had taken over the past days. All the scores that day were quite high due to this and definitely added to an ‘off’ day for me.
On completion of our round we headed to the lounge for dinner and we sat and had a good chat about various things from the Ministry to Golf Equipment. Despite the round falling short of all our expectations we thoroughly enjoyed each others company and will try too keep in touch. One of my partners, being an retired golf club maker, has even offered to meet up with me before next season to have a look at my equipment so that he can assure me of the shafts being ‘pured’ and balanced. Without getting into the science too much this is a great offer even with a new set of clubs and I will definitely meet with him over a few holes at some point before the end of the season.
Just as I was about to leave I bumped into a fellow Pro and friend who had finished tied for 1st place that day. He has struggled recently with his knee and even had surgery on it this year so is only now getting back to playing more. He asked me how things were going and I mentioned to him about the Logos Pro-Am in September. He is going to see if he can bring a team to the event as he would like to attend as one of the Professionals but will see how his knee is holding up. I pray he can make it. Overall, a very encouraging day despite the course conditions and nothing better than a chance meeting. Is there such a thing??
A very quick mention of thanks to my friend Ewan Forgie who invited me to the Grace Church Golf Day at Falkirk Tryst on Friday. This gave a great opportunity for Christians and Non-Christians to play golf with each other and I was especially privileged to share a brief story of my journey after a very enjoyable game and meal. During the day I was able to speak with my playing companion Aidan regarding the Ministry in more detail and we had a really good chat over dinner which I think will result in us meeting up again for a game. A real gentleman and a terrific golfer who along with 80 year old Jimmy was a pleasure to play with. By the way, Jimmy plays off an 8 handicap and still hits it pretty good – incredible.
Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for future conversations.
In his Service,
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email firstname.lastname@example.org