Scottish Golf Event at Dalmahoy East, Fri 2nd Oct

Logos Scottish Golf Event Dalmahoy October 2nd 2015

Logos Scottish Golf Event at Dalmahoy East Course

Friday 2nd October 2015 – Cost £38 per person
 10.00 – Arrival for Tea/Coffee & Rolls
11.00  onwards two tee start– Golf on Championship East Course (Buggies at members rate of £20 must be booked)
15.30 approx – ‘Chefs Special’ Late Lunch
17.00 approx – Home
to book your place email Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Professional on the Scottish (Tartan) Tour

Job Opportunity: LOGOS Golf Ministries Fieldworker – PGA European Tour

Job Title: LOGOS Golf Ministries Fieldworker – PGA European Tour

LOGOS Golf Ministries work under the umbrella of Christians in Sport.

Employment Type: One season’s contractual work with a view to extend (April – November 2018).

Salary: Dependent on experience.

Hours of work: Attendance at an agreed number of PGA European Tour season events made between the successful applicant and LOGOS Golf Ministries at the start of the season. Each trip lasts 3 days, generally Tuesday – Thursday.

Closing date: Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Interviews will take place in January 2018.

To apply: Send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are suitable for the position to Elizabeth Chambers, elizabeth@christiansinsport.org.uk. If you have any questions regarding the role please don’t hesitate to email the address above.

Job Purpose

The successful applicant will play a vital role, as part of a specialised team, in reaching out to and serving the world of professional golf. The travelling lifestyle of a Tour player makes it difficult for Christians to access regular fellowship, pastoral support and bible teaching and for fellow golfers to hear about how the Christian faith applies to their sport.

LOGOS Golf Ministries fieldworkers travel on the PGA European Tour, PGA Ladies European Tour and the PGA Tartan Tour, where they aim to build relationships with officials, players and caddies, lead bible studies for Christians and those wanting to explore the Christian faith and provide pastoral support. This particular role will focus on the PGA European Tour.

The successful applicant will also play a part in the team which supply the Official European Tour golf equipment census.

Key duties

– Travel to an agreed number of PGA European Tour season events to fulfil duties outlined below.

– Find and encourage Christian officials, players and caddies in integrating their Christian faith with their sport, through regular bible studies, conversation and pastoral care.

– Give the opportunity for all on the Tour to consider how the Christian faith fits and enhances the world of professional golf.

– Host group Bible studies at season events.

– Provide regular post-tournament reports to LOGOS Golf Ministries.

– Carry out duties for Sports Marketing Surveys Inc. as part of the Official European Tour golf equipment census. These duties are focused on the Thursday of each event (5am – 4pm) plus two hours preparation on the Wednesday of each event.

Click here to view the full job description and person specification

WEST OF SCOTLAND ALLIANCE, PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS – NOVEMBER 2017

West of Scotland Golfers Alliance – Prestwick St. Nicholas (7/11/17)

For the final event of the year it was nice to return to Prestwick St. Nicholas where we held our Logos Golf Day in 2016. Although a fresh day, there was no frost and we were able to play the full course with the greens running well. It’s not often you get a course in such good condition in November, but coastal courses cope with the winter much better than anything inland and it’s all down to the firm sand-based turf.

I was playing with a very good professional from Clydebank, and although he is not affiliated with the PGA, he plays in some of the higher tier tours such as the Europro Tour. As we got going, he shared with me that he started his own mini tour around Scotland, open to PGA pros and non-affiliates. I was quite impressed with this as he is only 25 and has received some backing for this which allows for a reasonable prize fund.

By the time we got to the second hole I was able to share with him about the recent Logos Pro-Am and this led on to discussing my faith and the vision for Logos in Scotland. He was also looking at Archerfield as one of his courses for an event and we were of the same view that we wanted the best venues for our future events as it sets the standard going forward.

As we finished the front nine, I thought I was playing reasonably well but he was four shots ahead of me at four under. The one thing he was doing extremely well was putting. It seemed as though everything he looked at went in and I asked him if he had been working on this to which he replied that he had been ‘fitted’ for his putter.

It is quite common now for decent players to be fitted for their clubs, but not so much the putter. He mentioned that he always thought he was a fairly decent putter but then went for a fitting and could not believe how much it helped. I suppose this makes sense but it was not something I had thought about much. As we continued playing, he kept rolling the putts in and as we stood on the final hole he was sitting at eight under par. I had not being playing badly, but to be 10 shots behind him at that point was a sobering thought. He finished with a par for 61 and a superb round to watch. (Note to self : Get fitted for putter in January!)

We sat in the lounge for a quick bite before leaving and we discussed various things such as his future events and family life, but he didn’t ask any more about Logos or what I’d spoke to him about earlier. I am keen to support his tour and think this could be another avenue to meet different professionals.

Another player came over to us to congratulate my partner on his round and as he knows him fairly well, he jokingly commented that he needed a drugs test after such a good round. I mentioned to the other player about how solid the round was and he smiled, shaking his head, probably because he knows how good my partner is.

On my way out I gave him my number to include me in any information about future events and the other player is also attending some of his events too so we shall see where it goes. I’ll try to keep in touch with the boys early in the new year and consolidate yet another friendship that has been made through the Alliance.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the work that will continue in 2018 and beyond. Many thanks for your support throughout the year and have a great Christmas and new year.

Blessings to you all.

In His service,

Vincent

Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

WEST OF SCOTLAND ALLIANCE, GLASGOW GAILES – OCTOBER 2017

West of Scotland Golfers Alliance – Glasgow Gailes (30/10/17)

It’s been a long time since I last played Glasgow Gailes but I have fond memories of amateur golf with the Glasgow Golf Union and playing with former Walker Cup player, Graham Shaw, in the Glasgow Strokeplay 22 years ago and just managing to finish a shot ahead of him.

The overall layout of the course has not changed apart from a few new tees to lengthen the course. It always was a fairly short course for being an Open Championship Final Qualifying venue but some very challenging par 4s on the back 9 make up for it.

I was playing with a local amateur and a fellow pro I know well. We were off around 9am and it was a strange experience on the West coast to not have a breath of wind, almost surreal.

As we got underway I got the chance to have some good chats with the amateur player about kids, football, golf and of course Logos. We got on well and in between shots of the front 9, we had covered the poor state of Scottish football and how he really enjoys running his son’s football team, but this does interfere with how much golf he gets to play.

He wouldn’t swap it though and I really admire his dedication to helping the kids learn to play football properly without the rubbish that goes along with it. He mentioned that the worst thing is the ‘over enthusiastic’ parents that need to be reminded how to behave and he struck me as the kind of guy who does not put up with any nonsense. I like his style.

I was pleasantly surprised that when mentioning about Logos and Christians in Sport, he said that he’d actually read some of my reports from the website so he was already familiar with what I was doing. I think that is a first for one of my playing partners to be a step ahead of what I was saying but very positive, and as we stay not far from one another I hope this is the beginning of friendship that can continue forward.

I also got chatting to the pro about the plans for next year’s Logos Pro-Am and I shared with him that we were possibly looking to the East coast for next year with one of the main venues being Archerfield Links. He agreed this was a great choice of venue, but knows it can be pricey.

What I was blown away with when visiting Archerfield recently was the attention to detail and they were able to cater for our every need, and more. Too often as Christians we accept second best, but I am a great believer that to represent God fully we need to aim for the best as this sets the tone for the future. Something to pray about.

As we played round I was pleased to be playing reasonably well apart from a couple of stray tee shots which cost me a placing. I will put the good play down to some teaching from Luther Blacklock who helped me to understand the mechanics of the golf swing through his analysis of Ben Hogan.

It’s so true that you are never to old to learn and I realised that I had been making it more difficult for myself trying to do it the way I knew. I’m happy to say I am nowhere near as stubborn as I used to be but can still have my moments.

The pro played well and finished with a 72 which was very good after the wind got up for the back 9. I was a few shots back from that, but was still quite happy with my overall play and excited about working on the new fundamentals over the winter. Looking forward to next year already.

As we finished, we all agreed to catch up again at Prestwick St. Nicholas for the final Alliance of 2017. As I chatted with the pro over a coffee before our departure I shared that I hoped to make it into the top 40 of the order of Merit next year, but he felt I should aim higher than that as I was capable of top 25.

The top 25 normally signifies the players exempt from all tournaments and if you finish there you are called a ‘Top 25 player’. This is a big jump for me, but after what I said earlier about striving for the best then I have no excuses. I value the pro’s opinion and if he feels I could manage it, then top 25 it is. The tools are there, I just need to keep putting the work in.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the 2018 Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am.

In His service,

Vincent

 Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

WEST OF SCOTLAND ALLIANCE, DUNDONALD – OCTOBER 2017

West of Scotland Golfers Alliance – Dundonald – 16/10

The start of the Alliance fixtures signal the final months of the golfing season and it was nice to return to Dundonald where we held our very successful Pro-Am this year. After a lengthy delay on the M77 due to an overturned truck, I managed to arrive just in time, and Margaret was kind enough to rearrange the times so that nobody had to rush. A few of us got caught with the delays so this helped the running order.

I was asked to play with one of my fellow professionals, who I have often been paired with this year. We joked that we never really saw each other for 15 years and now it feels as though we see each other every other week. He also played in the Logos Pro-Am as one of the team professionals so it was good to get his feedback.

As we got started, he commented that he really enjoyed the Pro-Am and thought it went really well. He knows about the vision of having a series of events in years to come and totally gets the idea of faith.

He mentioned about finding our own truth, which means being honest about where we are in our life so that we can begin to do something about it. I have to say that the golf was secondary  as we both chatted non-stop all the way round and I know it was no accident that I ended up playing with him again. He shared a joke with me that says quite a lot about how many of us see God and you may have heard it but I’ll share it anyway.

‘During a flood a man is floating in the water and he is shouting to God to save him. Five minutes later a small boat sails by, but the man but he says he’ll wait because God is going to save him. Ten minutes later a larger yacht sails by, but the man declines the help as God will save him. As the waters get higher a helicopter stops over him to pick him up, but the man is adamant God will save him. The man drowns.

As the man stands before God after death he questions why God did not save him to which God tells the man that he tried by sending two boats and a helicopter, what else was he expecting?’

The other pro and I both agreed that too often we expect God to do all the work and forget that He guides us and makes a way for us. We have our part to play and he does not just fix everything by snapping his fingers.

A really good day and some great conversation that I know will continue in our future meetings. I look forward to speaking with him again and know he is enthusiastic about supporting our future events.

In his service,

Vincent

 Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOGOS PRO-AM – SEPTEMBER 2017

Logos Golf Ministries ProAm – 28/9/17 Dundonald Links

We had a beautiful day at Dundonald Links for our first Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am and I am glad to say that we had a full compliment of players and professionals present. I knew this was going to be a special day and I was not disappointed.

On arrival I was pleased to see our PGA official Glen had everything organised and what a difference that makes. There was a buzz about the lounge as the professionals and each team arrived and I could feel a real peace about the day. It was great to welcome each team plus my pro colleagues and I thanked all of them for supporting the event.

It was a real blessing to have our guest speaker, Luther Blacklock, conduct a golf clinic on the practice ground for everyone and this went down very well with all players. Luther has the qualification of being a Master Professional and is very well known is golfing circles for his coaching and reputation so this added even more to the event. After receiving some simple but effective tips, we all made our way to each starting hole and teed off promptly at 11am.

I had the privilege of playing with the Christians in Sport team of Greg, Jack & Luke and we all got on right away. Although I did not play my best golf individually we played very well as a team and all of us made some great scores on certain holes to keep us in with a shout of winning.

The thing I was most pleased about was how I was able to speak with each of the lads about my role over the past years and my own personal story of how I became a Christian. All of them were very supportive of what we are doing in Scotland and it was great to be able to answer so many questions about Logos Golf Ministries.

I must share that on our final three holes we had a great finish of nett birdie, birdie, nett eagle by Luke, myself and Greg. Jack was desperate to win a prize so we tried our best to get to double figures under par, and just managed that with Greg’s fantastic birdie nett eagle on the final hole.

We did manage to finish tied for third but missed out on the last prize due to the other team having a better inward half. Sorry Jack, but at least you hit it past Greg on the last hole after challenging him to the longest drive. I’ve not seen a ball as far down that hole for a while or a young man so smug! Many thanks for a very enjoyable round guys and hopefully we can do it again soon.

As everyone came off the course to have our dinner the sun shone brightly in the sky and I knew something special was going to happen before the end of the day. After a fantastic dinner we all got the opportunity to hear the testimony of Luther Blacklock and I have to say I was not quite prepared for how emotional it made me feel.

We had a mix of half Christians and non-Christians and I know God spoke to some of them as I felt he was even speaking to me through it. I was greatly encouraged and honoured to be part of this work and I know some of my fellow pros will have more to talk about the next time I see them.

I look forward to probably some more in depth conversations than we have had before and I ask that you pray for these situations. Can’t wait for the Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am 2018 and beyond.

Please pray for future events and the conversations that lie ahead.

In his service,

Vincent

Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

FRENCH LADIES OPEN – OCTOBER 2017

Lacoste Ladies Open de France – Golf de Chantaco – October 5th – 8th 2017

Travelling to Biarritz with Ryanair was smooth with no cancellations thank goodness but after arriving at the golf course I was told to be careful about walking around as it was very wet after three weeks of rain. The course was so wet that they had been unable to cut the fairways so it was preferred lies through the green.

My presence again initiated conversations with players, caddies and family and friends of players to why I was attending the tournament. I had lunch with a French player and her dad – it was a challenge to explain my purpose for attending the tournament in French! Luckily I used my phone translation app and showed him the Christians in Sport website, but conversation was difficult as my French is poor.

I had dinner with two other players which was fun and then one of them and I had a one on one Bible study looking at Philippians 4 v 1-9. I did invite the other player to join us but she chose to pass on the offer.

It was an encouraging time and we talked about standing firm in the Lord as it is so easy to get side tracked with pursuing all sorts of other things. Questions followed after some discussion – who is your joy and crown? Who and what have you invested in? Paul challenged us both to pursue people and God’s word in this passage.

Paul’s word of do not be anxious about anything caught our attention and provoked the question – is worry a sin?  When we worry are we saying that God cannot take care of us? Are our problems bigger than his promises? No, we should choose to pray instead of being anxious and concentrate on verse 8 through 9 – “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things”.

We prayed about what we had learnt in the study, the tour and each other that we would be doers and not just hearers of the word plus that others on tour would be drawn to the Christian faith. I gave her some material to read from Ken Boa about our identity in Christ. I am following up with her via Skype before she competes at the 2nd stage of LPGA qualifying school.

Cris Stevens will also catch up with both her and another Christian player at the LPGA Tour School from 19th -22nd October.

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Alison Nicholas

 

SPANISH LADIES OPEN – SEPTEMBER 2017

The Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana Femenino – Real Club de Golf Guadalmina – 21st – 24th September 2017

This week I travelled to Spain representing Logos Golf Ministries to support the Christians on the Ladies European Tour.

Time was spent connecting with players, caddies, tour staff, families and friends of players. Many conversations were started on the grounds of why I was at the tournament, which gave me the opportunity to explain my presence on the tour– interesting conversations followed about faith and belief in God after my role was explained.

A parent of a player who I had played with in May in a golf event came and spoke to me as he was caddying for his other daughter in Spain. He had a heavy heart as the daughter who I had played with had been involved in a car crash and suffered a stroke. She is only 19 years old and a very good golfer. He showed me all the photos of her in hospital learning to walk again and I was there just to listen and share his grief.

He asked me why I was in Spain so I explained and asked if it was ok that I prayed for and he said please do. I also offered to go and visit her but he had to go to the tee quickly so we could not exchange contact details.

I was able to connect with two Christian players and we had a Bible study on the Friday evening together. We studied from a book called The Life of Jesus focusing on the chapter called “the story that can change your life.” We looked at the four gospels but particularly at John 20:30-31 and the verses that begin ”these things are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, then by believing, you can have life through his name”.

It was an encouraging time of fellowship as we prayed for each other to be bold in sharing our faith to those on tour. We prayed that others would be interested in coming to the Bible studies and that God would go before us in raising others up for Christ. We also prayed for one of the player’s families as none of them believe in God but have been to church with her in America.

It was a really encouraging time as both players are strong believers. One is a fairly new believer who is particularly on fire for God. I encouraged them to keep praying for the tour and for us all to stand firm in our faith going forward.

I had some more time watching them both play and encouraging them with their golf and faith. I got the opportunity to sit down with the other Christian player and have some one on one time with her.  I prayed with her and gave her some scriptures to meditate on to assist her in understanding fully her identity in Christ rather than having her identity in her sports performance.

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Alison Nicholas

ITALIAN OPEN – OCTOBER 2017

The Italian Open [Rolex Series] at Golf Club Milano Monza – October 10 – 12

We had three glorious autumn sun-filled days in Milan, which then continued throughout the tournament, as the Rolex series ticked along. Another €7 million purse this week – with the crowds flocking out to support their growing band of Italian stars, along with the hype of the build up to Italy’s hosting of the Ryder Cup 2022.

We had a super little get together this week with two players and a member of staff. Our study dwelt on John 15:1-17 and I simply asked them to read the passage slowly and share what struck them, it’s such a passage that you can’t read it with something striking you.

One picked out verse 16 – ‘I chose you’. He had no family background, no peers who played golf, nothing, and yet here he was and fully aware God had done this and brought him from nowhere to where he is today.

Another picked out verse 5 – ‘apart from me you can do nothing’. He felt that so much of golf was down to himself, but he was moved that ultimately no matter how much he trains, practices etc, if all is not given to Jesus, then it’ll come to nothing.

This was the final event of my season and we now move on to seek God for the next Logos person … These chats/interviews will take place in January and the intention is that I shall accompany that person to some events next season, as we know the disciples went out ‘ .. two by two ..’ Mark 6:7

I’ll keep you posted with developments, but I am very thankful for all prayers, support and the encouragements I’ve received from so many of you over these last eight seasons on the ET.

Philemon 6-7

‘I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.’

Ken

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour. Catch Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP – OCTOBER 2017

Dunhill Links Championship – St Andrews et al – October 02 – 04

Amazingly, considering this event is always played in the autumn, the weather has always been, relatively speaking [for Scotland], very good. This time around the same conditions prevailed and St Andrews town was its usual bustling self with golfers, students and the never ending conveyor of photo happy tourists.

With three courses used, I have learned to stick to St Andrews and let everyone come to me, rather than wander off to Carnoustie [25 miles away, where I do the SMS survey on Thursdays] or Kingsbarns [10 miles the other way] and so we arranged to get together for a Bible study at the Links clubhouse in the ‘auld toon’

It was good to meet up with some South Africans who are over for this event. As it is sponsored by Dunhill, whose owner is a South African, there are several invites for his Ain’ folk. Alongside the usual suspects, we also had a Christian journalist and another player who was doing some caddying work this week

I also have the joy each year at the Dunhill of being ‘put up’ by the Glasgows, Lindsay and Anne, and many thanks to them for their hospitality over the last eight years. Lindsay had played in the recent Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am which was the culmination of a vision given by God to our Scottish ambassador, Vincent Brown, who uses LGM as his attachment when playing in regional tournaments, that Logos would have an event on the Scottish PGA Region schedule, and so it was. Great!

Next Week is the last of the vaunted Rolex Series with the Italian Open in Milan.

Ken

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour. Catch Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

Joel 2:28

‘ .. I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.’

 

BRITISH MASTERS – SEPTEMBER 2017

The British Masters – Close House GC Newcastle September 26 – 28

This is an increasingly popular event which is ‘supported’ by Sky Sports and attracts all the top European players and where Sky have day long coverage from Wednesday [Pro Am with celebrities aplenty] to Sunday. This year it was hosted by Lee Westwood with only one Ryder Cup player not on show, so the crowds were large and Close House was abuzz.

I was looking to meet up with two players and a Christian friend from within the Tour staff. As it turned out we weren’t able to meet at the same time so I met with the separate separately one – to – one and unfortunately the official had commitments that meant he couldn’t get anything organised. We had good chats and studies where we looked at the portion in Luke 9:57 where Jesus makes clear the cost of following Him …

In the media centre, several people said they had read the article that was put together by Christian journalist Kenny Crawford at the Scottish Open event in July when two players and I had an open meeting in Irvine and Kenny was present and laid the foundation for the piece, which was based on the Christian pros on the tour and my role also.

It is in this months ‘Bunkered’ magazine and it was good that many of the journalists had read it and they all thought it came over very well. Who can tell where and with whom God will use something that has been put together under His lead. Many thanks Kenny for doing this …

We’re still on the mainland this week at the Dunhill Links Championship played over three courses [St Andrews’s, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns]. My fears of waterproofs, woolly hats and umbrellas didn’t come to fruition in Newcastle where we reached 18 degrees all three days .. still, I’ll take them all along again this week?!

Ken

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour. Catch Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

Luke 9:62

Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

 

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