West Alliance v East Alliance Match – Troon Links – 12/4
Normally this event has been held at Bruntsfield Links in the East for as long as I’ve known, but this year the West were hosting and the venue was Troon Links. Of the 3 courses available we were playing morning foursomes on the Darley and then afternoon fourballs on the Lochgreen. A long day of golf but an enjoyable day none the less, despite the usual wintry conditions.
On arriving I chatted with two professionals who always play in the Alliance matches, and the topic of conversation was of course the US Masters that had just been played at the weekend. The standard of golf on that final day was incredible. As we gave our own views of the event we were given our amateur partners for the day and I was pleased to be paired with my playing partner from last year. He calls me the ‘Holy Golfer’ but I know it is only some light-hearted banter and I’m glad that he remembered me and our chats.
We were playing against a couple of younger guys , and during the opening holes I managed to get a brief chat with one of them regarding Logos which he accepted but did not really say much to me about it after that. The other was so focused on his golf that he did not really say much at all during the 1st round. We won on the 17th hole after being 3 down at the turn.
As we walked in for lunch, my partner asked me how things were going with my role and I think he had been waiting to speak to me about this for a while. It was good to consolidate the conversations I had with him last year and also give details about the Pro-Am this year at Archerfield. He definitely seemed interested and hopefully this can be a new team for the event.
The afternoon weather did not improve and there was no real let up with the cold east wind and rain. We all struggled a bit with the conditions that afternoon and playing the second round of the day felt even more tiring, but its important to keep trying your best even if everything seems to be going against you. The boys started to play really well in the back 9 and despite our best efforts we lost our match. After a long day of golf we had won a point and lost a point and it makes you realise just how fit these players are that compete in the Ryder Cup, playing 5 rounds in 3 days. Think I’ll rule myself out for that one this year!
When we got to the last green at 6pm, everyone was ready for a sharp exit home as it was still raining and not very pleasant. This year the East were clear winners 17 – 7 and this was a reverse result from last year. A good event that is supposed to be a friendly but definitely felt more serious this year. I look forward to a return match next year at Bruntsfield Links and hopefully a proper spring day without the waterproofs. Will winter ever end??
Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the Pro-Am teams at Archerfield.
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