Deer Park Masters Qualifying – 10/7
Having already played Deer Park this year in what was very tricky conditions, it was nice to go back to the course that seemed more familiar to me this week. A change in the weather brought some welcome cloud coverage and as usual the course was in very good condition.
I was pleased to play with a good friend. Due to a call off in our group it was only the two of us along with his caddy, He already knows the background to Logos and as we got going I chatted about the Pro-Am for this year and how we still had a few team spaces left but were making good progress.
He is more than happy to come along again and I was asking his opinion on who else to invite including some lady professionals. We were both agreed that I should try and get at least two along with teams attending due to Alison Nicholas being present, so he gave me a few names to think about which helps the process.
I knew early on in this round that my swing was not as comfortable as usual and had to make a decision to play smart golf rather than pretty golf. The task was to get it round and not take on anything that could cost me the chance of qualifying. The difference in playing a round like this is you have to putt well and that was something I had been struggling with recently.
After holing a 20-footer on the 3rd and then a difficult 6-foot par putt on the 4th, I knew my putting was in decent shape and I felt comfortable with it for the first time in a while. After working hard to get the toe of the putter more flush to the ground, it was finally paying off. Looking forward to when the swing comes back again and then its open season.
I managed to give the caddy a quick rundown of my life and work which got some funny looks but in there was a hint of respect which was something I suppose. He commented on how well I was getting it round and I explained I felt I was having to force it due to not swinging well. I could feel my neck becoming quite painful and this was a result of not being able to release the club properly and over compensating. I was not going to give up on this round though as I knew I could do it despite the developing injury.
I have mentioned recently having great peace of mind on the course and this situation was no different. I could’ve focused on the negatives and had a good old whinge to God that this was not fair, but sometimes we just need to play the hand we have as best we can, and one outcome is for sure – God is always there with us despite the situation or the outcome.
My playing partner struggled towards the end with the driver and this cost him the chance of qualifying with a ball out of bounds at the 15th. I was just focused on keeping the ball in play and played through the pain to post 2 over and a very satisfying finish to the round despite 3 putting the last for bogey. Job done and looking forward to the event at the end of the month. We both agreed to catch up again and I will definitely see him over the summer.
Please pray for those mentioned and for the ministry in the year ahead.
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