Since the Scottish PGA Championship has been reduced to a field of only 66 players there is definitely a feel that the tournament has lost something. Although qualifying is not really that difficult due to the scores required only coming down by a shot or two, it does make a mental difference when there are only 12 places available and it used to be more than double that. For the biggest tournament of the year it really should have the biggest field and I think trying to make the nations flagship tournament exclusive has the opposite effect of what was intended. Hopefully the powers that be can see this over the past years and change it before its too late.
As always, the weather at Crieff was very pleasant and I was looking forward to the day. I was paired with a partner from Fereneze and one from Carnoustie, and although I had played with one before, I had never come across the other. As usual, I was announced on the tee as representing Logos Golf Ministries and thought this might have sparked an interest. Sadly this was not the case and even when I tried different avenues of a way in there was no real interest. My partner did not say much and he just focused more on his game with a few indirect chats to there other partner and myself. Not much you can do in this respect and as in a few cases before I just had to be the example during the round.
I got of to a good start and was swinging really well. After the first 6 holes I was 2 under par and to be honest I was thinking about going low and winning. I have been working quite hard on my game recently and I could see the results of this for the first part of the round. I got too excited too early though and forgot the golden rule of one shot at a time. By the 12th hole I was 2 over. I hadn’t played badly but just got ahead of myself which is very dangerous in this game. Still in with a chance I thought if I finished the final holes in 1 or 2 under then at least a score of 1 over par for the round would have been enough to qualify. I was swinging well but was a bit disgruntled at the fact I had let the round slip with basic course management. I knew 2 over wasn’t enough so needed to attack the final holes. Still hitting the ball well I was just too aggressive with the putter and a couple of 3 putts later I had played myself out of the tournament. From thinking about winning to finishing outside the top 25, it was a bitter pill to swallow and something that will need to be addressed in reflection.
As I handed my card in and walked from the Clubhouse I scanned the car park and noticed a fellow pro who played in the Logos Pro-Am last year. We chatted for a bit and he mentioned that he really struggled and was not playing well. It reminded me that I still hadn’t asked him to come to the Pro-Am this year again and he was one of the names of my list of pros to invite back. He said that he was away to Portugal that week so could not make it this year but was very complimentary of the event last year and said he would be happy to support future events in the coming years. Something positive to leave on and I will definitely keep him in mind for 2019.
I hate driving home thinking what could have been, along with the should’ve done this or should’ve done that, but it’s hard not to when the opportunity was there. I know I will get there as I’m too close not to but I will keep trusting God to help me learn both on the course and off. I absolutely believe the hardest thing in this life is to wait our turn and be patient as we have so many emotions that can override what we should do. Allowing ourselves to be guided by the Spirit can seem difficult but we must continually look in this direction to get to where we need to be. I continually pray for the opportunity to share my faith and the ministry on the Tartan Tour as that is the most important thing and the reason why I’m out there.
Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the Logos Pro-Am at Archerfield.
In his Service,