FRENCH LADIES OPEN – OCTOBER 2017

Lacoste Ladies Open de France – Golf de Chantaco – October 5th – 8th 2017

Travelling to Biarritz with Ryanair was smooth with no cancellations thank goodness but after arriving at the golf course I was told to be careful about walking around as it was very wet after three weeks of rain. The course was so wet that they had been unable to cut the fairways so it was preferred lies through the green.

My presence again initiated conversations with players, caddies and family and friends of players to why I was attending the tournament. I had lunch with a French player and her dad – it was a challenge to explain my purpose for attending the tournament in French! Luckily I used my phone translation app and showed him the Christians in Sport website, but conversation was difficult as my French is poor.

I had dinner with two other players which was fun and then one of them and I had a one on one Bible study looking at Philippians 4 v 1-9. I did invite the other player to join us but she chose to pass on the offer.

It was an encouraging time and we talked about standing firm in the Lord as it is so easy to get side tracked with pursuing all sorts of other things. Questions followed after some discussion – who is your joy and crown? Who and what have you invested in? Paul challenged us both to pursue people and God’s word in this passage.

Paul’s word of do not be anxious about anything caught our attention and provoked the question – is worry a sin?  When we worry are we saying that God cannot take care of us? Are our problems bigger than his promises? No, we should choose to pray instead of being anxious and concentrate on verse 8 through 9 – “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things”.

We prayed about what we had learnt in the study, the tour and each other that we would be doers and not just hearers of the word plus that others on tour would be drawn to the Christian faith. I gave her some material to read from Ken Boa about our identity in Christ. I am following up with her via Skype before she competes at the 2nd stage of LPGA qualifying school.

Cris Stevens will also catch up with both her and another Christian player at the LPGA Tour School from 19th -22nd October.

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Alison Nicholas

 

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