West of Scotland Golfers Alliance – Prestwick St. Nicholas (7/11/17)
For the final event of the year it was nice to return to Prestwick St. Nicholas where we held our Logos Golf Day in 2016. Although a fresh day, there was no frost and we were able to play the full course with the greens running well. It’s not often you get a course in such good condition in November, but coastal courses cope with the winter much better than anything inland and it’s all down to the firm sand-based turf.
I was playing with a very good professional from Clydebank, and although he is not affiliated with the PGA, he plays in some of the higher tier tours such as the Europro Tour. As we got going, he shared with me that he started his own mini tour around Scotland, open to PGA pros and non-affiliates. I was quite impressed with this as he is only 25 and has received some backing for this which allows for a reasonable prize fund.
By the time we got to the second hole I was able to share with him about the recent Logos Pro-Am and this led on to discussing my faith and the vision for Logos in Scotland. He was also looking at Archerfield as one of his courses for an event and we were of the same view that we wanted the best venues for our future events as it sets the standard going forward.
As we finished the front nine, I thought I was playing reasonably well but he was four shots ahead of me at four under. The one thing he was doing extremely well was putting. It seemed as though everything he looked at went in and I asked him if he had been working on this to which he replied that he had been ‘fitted’ for his putter.
It is quite common now for decent players to be fitted for their clubs, but not so much the putter. He mentioned that he always thought he was a fairly decent putter but then went for a fitting and could not believe how much it helped. I suppose this makes sense but it was not something I had thought about much. As we continued playing, he kept rolling the putts in and as we stood on the final hole he was sitting at eight under par. I had not being playing badly, but to be 10 shots behind him at that point was a sobering thought. He finished with a par for 61 and a superb round to watch. (Note to self : Get fitted for putter in January!)
We sat in the lounge for a quick bite before leaving and we discussed various things such as his future events and family life, but he didn’t ask any more about Logos or what I’d spoke to him about earlier. I am keen to support his tour and think this could be another avenue to meet different professionals.
Another player came over to us to congratulate my partner on his round and as he knows him fairly well, he jokingly commented that he needed a drugs test after such a good round. I mentioned to the other player about how solid the round was and he smiled, shaking his head, probably because he knows how good my partner is.
On my way out I gave him my number to include me in any information about future events and the other player is also attending some of his events too so we shall see where it goes. I’ll try to keep in touch with the boys early in the new year and consolidate yet another friendship that has been made through the Alliance.
Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the work that will continue in 2018 and beyond. Many thanks for your support throughout the year and have a great Christmas and new year.
Blessings to you all.
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 email@example.com