10-12 April 2018 – Open de Espana
My first golf trip with Christians in Sport / LOGOS to the Open de Espana was really worthwhile, interesting and enjoyable – even though the weather in Madrid was quite overcast and cold until Thursday!
Before travelling to Spain, I was encouraged by a verse that my predecessor Ken Revie shared with me:
Isaiah 52 v 12: “…The Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”
Remembering that small sentence from the Bible helped me to go into this first event with reassurance of God’s support and help.
It was great to touch base with a few of the players/caddies who are Christians. In particular, I chatted with two players and one caddie who are keen to meet on a regular basis. I’m really looking forward to developing these relationships over the coming months. Next week in Morocco we’ll spend a longer time together looking at a Bible passage and praying together before the tournament begins.
But in a wider sense this work is also about developing relationships and trust with golfers / caddies who are not Christians (the very large majority). So that can often mean simply talking about golf, other sports (most of the golfers are also big football fans!) and family.
I had good chats at the course with a few of the Scottish players who I had existing relationships with through BBC work. Then over dinner I got to know another player from further afield. They are all aware of what my role with Christians in Sport / LOGOS entails, even though it didn’t dominate those conversations.
During the couple of days in Madrid, one person in particular asked me several sincere questions about my Christian faith, and sometimes it was quite challenging to answer those! It was a strong reminder to me that people are searching for true hope in life.
On Thursdays at events, I help a sports marketing company do a survey of players’ equipment. This means being on the practice range for a large part of the day, noting what clubs / balls / clothes the players use, as they each come to the range for 30-60 minutes before they start the tournament. It is another good way of being in close contact with the players and their caddies.
My prayer is that I can be a good ambassador for Christ in the way I speak and act in all my dealings with people on the European Tour.
This Saturday it’s back to BBC football work in Glasgow and then next Tuesday I fly to Rabat in Morocco for a couple of days at the Trophee Hassan event.
Thanks for your interest and support
Kenny Crawford, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour. You can follow Kenny on Twitter here.