Mini Tour Event & Alliance at Western Gailes – 14th & 16th March
With so many rescheduled events this winter it was a busy period with 3 events in the one week and 2 of them at the same venue. I have combined the two events at Western Gailes in this report to prevent overkill.
The first event at Western was a Mini Tour event. I had played with the host last year and he told me about his tour so thought I would try and support it as much as my schedule would allow. As I arrived and made my way to the lounge I met two fellow PGA pros. One was just walking out but I sat and had a coffee with the other and got the chance to tell him about our event at Archerfield this year.
I had been planning on inviting him anyway but thought this was a good chance to get in there early and he was happy to accept the invite. I got the opportunity to chat to him last year about Logos during an event so the Pro-Am will be a good way of moving things forward with him. More to come I think.
We got going around 10.30am in a very cold stiff breeze and my playing partners were one I knew from the old Glasgow Golf Union days and two new faces. I think the former is aware of my role with Logos but he never said anything over the course of the round and neither did the other two boys.
Normally when identifying our balls on the 1st tee it sparks some kind of interest, but even after 9 holes, and hearing some of the conversations the boys were having amongst themselves, I kind of resigned myself to the fact there would not be much interest out of the group. It does happen occasionally but not very often and I always know when to say something and when to leave it.
A very tough day out on the course and a decent score of 75 despite the usual 30mph cross winds. Another practice with the new clubs was very beneficial and I knew I would be using this week to really get a feel for them before the summer season kicks off. Although not much to speak of from the group it was good to catch up with the other PGA pro beforehand and consolidate our previous chats. Always a positive.
On the Friday, I returned to Western for a rearranged Alliance match and the wind had returned with me. A bitterly cold day and I knew it was going to be a tough one but was looking forward to playing with a fellow pro and my dad.
The pro had already agreed to support the Logos Pro-Am at Archerfield and anytime I speak with him he is very encouraging and looks to help in any way possible. As both he and my dad are both relatively quiet guys, it was good to see them engaging well throughout the round, and as we finished off I was pleased with the outcome of the day. Sometimes we think we know all the angles and it just takes a slightly different point of view from the right person to make us see things in a whole new way.
I will see my fellow pro again soon as we have both been selected for the West of Scotland Alliance to play against the East of Scotland Alliance at Troon in April. This is a great opportunity to get some in-depth chat as the event lasts the whole day with Lunch and Dinner, so I pray for the right situations and some good opportunities to share.
Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the growth of the ministry in Scotland.
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