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

The Scottish Open – Dundonald Links Irvine July 11 – 13

The Scottish Open – Dundonald Links Irvine July 11 – 13

The ‘Rolex Series’ moves onto its third event in a row [France, Irish >>] on the West coast of Scotland with another €7 million prize fund, rich pickings these three weeks, to be followed by the €10 million Open next week …. Money, money, money – lots of TV coverage and the ‘big guns’ out in force from the USA and all around the world …

These are the times when keeping it simple shines through and as we often look to do when on mainland Britain we had one of our Logos ‘Roadshows’ this week in the host town for the tournament, Irvine …

Fullarton Parish Church, all recently renovated and looking fresh and bright, put on an evening where we had two South African pros on the platform and the evening was hosted by Neil Urquhart, the minister, and I did the MC-ing. Both players enjoyed the chance to speak openly of their faith.

The Q&A time of the evening is always good, and people were able to ask ‘those’ questions of Christians on Tour that they’ve been bursting to know … I have to say these occasions are well received every time we do them and on this occasion there may well be a follow up from Bunkered magazine as Christian journalist, Kenny Crawford, was there taking notes …. Good times!!

Next Week; it’s THE Open – those outside of Britain find it amusing that with all the Open tournaments there are, there’s only one alluded to as THE Open!!

As you know the big tournaments are not Logos friendly as a rule, but who knows what God will surprise us with – I am doing an evening at Leyland GC [home club of Keith Macintosh a past Logos board member] on the chaplaincy role on the tour and doubtless I’ll get too meet up with a few others whom God brings along my path …

‘The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.’     Proverbs 4:18

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

Deer Park Masters & AAM Scottish Open Qualifying

Deer Park Masters & AAM Scottish Open Qualifying

A very busy week this week with two visits to Deer Park and Barassie for qualifying events so I will try to condense this into one report without rambling on too much.

Deer Park

The Deer Park Masters is one of the main order of merit events of the year and an event I enjoy playing due to the course and a fantastic buffet lunch. This qualifying event normally consists of around 60 players playing for 25 spots, so 75 or 76 normally gets you in to a 50 player Pro-Am field played over two days. On my visit I managed to catch up with an old contact. He and I have not spoken much over the past year but it was good to chat with him and I was very happy that he has agreed to participate in the Logos Pro-Am at Dundonald this year. Please pray for him going forward as I know he could be a great man for God but struggles with the ‘Christian thing’.

I was playing with pros from Musselburgh and Bothwell Castle at 8.27am, an early time which was supposed to be catching the better weather, but half way down the 1st hole the brolly was in use. Both lads were relatively young again and the conversation was quite slow with very little mentioned regarding my attachment.

After 9 holes I made my way to the 10th tee to find out from one that the other had just left the course without saying much. He was not playing well but thought he might have carried on or at least said something. We were now just a 2 ball and we started chatting a bit more about our background as we had a bit more time due to moving along quicker. He didn’t really comment much regarding my role and I didn’t want to push it but we did find out more about each other and I feel this has laid something for the future. He is a nice lad and a very solid golfer who I think will do well in years to come. I look forward to speaking with him again and hope future conversations go further. Both of us qualified comfortably with rounds of 71 & 73 (he was 71) and I will look for him when we return to the event in August.

AAM Scottish Open Qualifier – Barassie

Barassie is one of Scotland’s well known links courses and has hosted numerous qualifying events when the Open has been at Troon or Turnberry, so is very well respected. I played a practice round with a fellow pro on the Friday and was glad I did as the layout had changed since last time I played it.

A very tight course with lots of tricky tee shots and knowing the right club to hit off the tee is imperative. He and I managed to get round the 18 holes but he was really struggling with his game due to a debilitating knee condition and he was trying to ‘find something to work with’ before the tournament started.

He was contemplating not playing in the event, but I said to him to wait and see how he felt the next day. I mentioned to him that we have almost got our full compliment of teams for the Pro-Am booked but he was definitely more interested in his golf, which was understandable given he was struggling so much. He felt a bit better towards the end and the last few holes gave him a bit of confidence which was good. He has just become a father and must have a lot going on just now so please remember him in your thoughts and I will continue to check in with him as the year goes on.

During the first round of the event I was playing with pros from Peebles and Inverness. A very blustery day but warm and sunny which was a first for me this year. It felt strange to play with short sleeves but I wasn’t complaining. There were quite a few people about around the 1st tee so it was good to get the announcement of my attachment with so many people to hear. The boys did not really say much at all during the course of the round but I managed to chat with one of them’s dad, who was walking round with him, and got to explain my role with the ministry as he seemed quite intrigued by who I was representing.

A good chat and another seed planted. As we got to the end of the round, both the boys had struggled, but one really began to get annoyed and frustrated which ended in a few choice words after a couple of shanks. I wanted to go over to him and tell him from personal experience that anger really doesn’t help but I knew he was not in the frame of mind to take anything in.

I wouldn’t say that I struck the ball much better than the boys, but to finish 5 to 10 shots ahead of them showed that frame of mind is something that can take shots off or add them on. I know that my faith has helped me in my golf and I don’t let anger and frustration affect me as much as I used to. I know I have a job to do and part of that is being an example to others I play with, which can simply be how I act on the course. It is much more enjoyable to play golf when you’re calm, trust me.

The second day I was out with two other guys in the middle of the field so just wanted to get a good round in to finish higher up in the top half. To qualify for the Scottish Open you had to finish in the top 4 out of 130 so it was a very tough school with the standard of players there. My target was to finish top 50 which would have got me a cheque.

As we waited to play it started raining and we all huddled in the tent at the 1st tee. With about 10 people there the starter asked about my attachment. It’s not often there are so many people there to hear about my role but a good opportunity to share to those who may not have heard. One of my playing partners has already agreed to play in the Logos Pro-Am so it was good to consolidate that and as we played round we had some good chats about the vision for the Logos events and how this would help the Tartan Tour.

A very wet day for the final round and I found out that my waterproof trousers are no longer waterproof. I will need to rectify this soon as we simply cannot guarantee good weather for our Scottish summers, whatever they used to be! It was tough playing round but I just focused on doing the best I could which kept me in a good frame of mind. A dry few holes to finish and a ten foot put on the last hole placed me inside the top 50 for the Professionals and secured me a welcome payday. Never giving up with the right attitude is not only one of the keys to golf, but life itself.

Overall, a decent few days with progress made on all fronts and I look forward to the future events leading up to our Pro-Am. Please pray for all mentioned in this report and for what God has for us in the near future.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish Open – Portstewart GC Northern Ireland July 4-6

Irish Open – Portstewart GC Northern Ireland July 4-6

This is a ‘home’ event for me with Portstewart just ‘up the road’ from Ballymena and it was difficult to walk any more than 10 yards without bumping into someone you know, they pretend not to know me, but I pay no attention to that …

Having a bit more time than I normally have at events meant I was able meet up one – to – one with a few folks, which was great.

We had our Bible study on the Wednesday lunchtime with four of us able to gather and we had the joy of having Terry Laverty, the local Presbyterian churches minister with us. I also did a little interview for Logos/Christians in Sport on Sunday at his church meeting where the Portstewart Convention kicked off.

So a busy Irish open and now it’s over to a ‘home from home’ venue where I’m able to stay at my mothers and travel back and forth to Irvine for next weeks Scottish Open at Dundonald Links …

‘But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.’    2 Peter 3:13

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

Bathgate Pro-Am (Bathgate) -24/6/17

This was my first Pro-Am of the year due to a number of reduced Pro-Am fields, which resulted in a couple of reserve spots that I didn’t get the call for. A sign of the financial times again sadly rearing its head, but Bathgate is always a well supported event and always will be. Pro-Am fields are normally between 30-40 teams but over the past months we have seen this drop to 20-30 teams on average. This means there are more players looking for spots which have to be allocated on a rotation basis with only the top 15 in the previous years order of merit guaranteed a place. A bit frustrating when trying to organise a schedule but will most likely mean a 5/10 ratio this year as opposed to a 7/10 ratio in years gone by. At least this doesn’t affect the Order of Merit events and will still provide a decent amount of event this year.

Another very blustery day was brewing and it feels like I have still to play a competitive event this year in calm conditions. We teed off at 9.10am and my team were three members of the junior section of the club and aged between 15-17. All were decent players with single figure handicaps and after hitting the opening drives I was fairly impressed. I felt like the ‘Dad’ of the group as I was old enough to be their father by quite a few years. This gave me a bit of a reality check and I thought to myself it’s now official – I need to accept I’m middle-aged! I’d been kidding myself for the past few years on this issue and the fact I have a 21 year old son should have tipped me off but I was in denial.

Normally when I am introduced on the tee or identifying my logo ball this sparks some comment regarding my attachment. The boys did not say anything about this and I left it till the 2nd hole when we were walking up the fairway and one of them asked where I was from, so this gave me a brief opportunity to share a bit about my background. They were all very pleasant lads but after this brief chat they didn’t really give me much opportunity for the rest of the round to share much of anything else. To be fair, the wind got up quite a bit not long after we started and it is always difficult to cultivate conversation in these conditions, but the boys were very quiet and chatted amongst themselves on odd occasions.

The scores showed just how tough it was with only 1 player breaking par. This was due to 30-40mph winds and very fast greens that were possibly too fast for the conditions. Yes, there were quite a few 3 putts during the game.

On conclusion of the round we retired to the lounge for our lunch and again the conversation was quite slow, but I’m not sure if this was just due to the boys’ age or they maybe felt uncomfortable with what I shared with one of them earlier. As I said, all nice enough lads but probably too quiet for what I would normally expect. After I said my goodbyes and wished them well, I left the clubhouse and bumped into a player, who is going to be playing in the Logos Pro-Am in September. He is now going to join me for a practice round at Barassie next Friday in preparation for the Scottish Open and this will give us a good opportunity for a chat during our round. It’s amazing how a couple of minutes can make a difference.

What I learned from this day was that there may be times we feel there is not much we can do. We maybe struggle to see the value in the time spent and think more could have been done, but there will always be something of value, even if it is a moment. As always, nothing is wasted and remaining open to anything that comes along can reap a reward.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
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

 

 

 

 

BMW International Eichenried GC Munich June 20 – 22

BMW International Eichenried GC Munich June 20 – 22

Melted in Munich; would be an appropriate title this week, in the mid-thirty degrees each day! But it was great to celebrate two happenings of joy.

Firstly, it was great to meet up again with a player I have chatted with over the past eight years. He asked me whether I had a prayer book similar to one he had used before as ‘something to calm him’.

We chatted about how such things only act as a quick fix and are temporary in comparison to the eternal relationship Christ offers – so he left with the gospels of John and Mark and a couple of golf related spiritual booklets. Please keep praying.

We also had a bible study at lunchtime on Wednesday and the five of us dwelt on taking your eyes off God, yet He never loses sight of us as with the Father running to the younger son on his return and Peter taking his eyes off Jesus, but Christ reaching to him … Good times!

Next Up; on home soil at the Irish Open in Portstewart ..

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

Logos Ireland National Golf Day Portstewart GC June 16

Logos Ireland National Golf Day Portstewart GC June 16

We had a super turnout of over 30 at this year’s event and there were a number of non-believers who had been brought along by Christian golfers, which is terrific. There was a super opening to do the talk at the end with several new faces there. A good time!

There are times when God surprises us! Out of the blue I received a phone call from Roy, a club pro in Belfast, whom I had never met, but of course knew of. Roy had been in touch with Graham Daniels from Christians in Sport at his church when they had been having a CiS day, and he rang me up and came along to Portstewart. So we had a long chat and we have discovered another believer in the pro golf ranks. Hallelujah!

Next Week; BMW International in Munich

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

PGA Club Pros’ Championship Dublin June 12-13

PGA Club Pros’ Championship, Luttrellstown Golf Club, near Dublin June 12-13

Whilst this is simply an event where I take part in the survey, it’s one of the few tournaments outside the European tour SMS venture into. Over the last eight years there have been several players who have ‘come down’ from the ET and are now working as PGA club pros and playing in one of the seven regions in the British Isles. So it is good to come across them at this event and renew some previous friendships.

At this season’s tourney my focus was more on who was alongside me on the survey. In the evening I had the opportunity presented to give my testimony to them and tell them all about Logos. They asked questions and got full answers. They were also aware of the other believers on Tour. A good opportunity and as we know we have to ‘make the most of …’ from Colossians 4:5 ….

 

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

 

Northern Open at Lossiemouth – 5/6-8/6

The Moray Golf Club sits right on the coast at Lossiemouth and has hosted a number of high profile amateur and professional events. It is a mixture of fair and testing holes and even on a calm day presents a test golf. What we were about to experience for the event was something nobody could have prepared for.

I managed to make it up for the Monday practice day and got to play 12 holes with a former European Tour player. It was a beautiful evening and as we played the first hole he asked me if I was playing much. This gave me the opportunity to briefly share with him regarding my role with Logos and how I was hoping to get out there more with the support of Christians in Sport going forward. He seemed quite intrigued but did not really mention much about it after that. We spoke about where we played our junior golf as he recognised my face, probably from the old Glasgow Golf Union days, and when I mentioned my home club of Sandyhills the penny dropped for him. I had played his brother in a match in 1991 at Cathkin Braes and he had been watching so the dots were finally joined. We were conscious of the time so instead of playing all the way round we jumped across to the final six holes. Having played the course before we did not really need to go all the way round and it was just nice to get a feel for the place again after 4 hours in the car getting there. When we finished, we wished each other well for the tournament and had no idea of what was to come on Tuesday.

The weather forecast was not good for Tuesday and Wednesday and as I stood on the 1st tee the rain was driving in from the water and showed no signs of letting up. I was playing with players from Panmure and Banchory. If we had been playing any other course it would have been unplayable before lunchtime but Moray has one of the best natural drainage systems I have witnessed, and the course, especially the greens, were playable despite the amount of rain that continued for the rest of the day. Every single golfer on the course was soaked to the skin and was tasked with completing 18 holes which reminded me of that cult Japanese show ‘Endurance’.

One of my partners decided he could not play anymore so left the course after 9 holes. The remaining two of us continued as we felt we had no other option and there was only word to describe the back 9 – horrific. The one positive was that we both chatted away to keep each other going and I did manage to share with him about my role and my faith earlier in the round. He didn’t really enquire about it on the back 9 but that would probably have been the last thing on his mind during the squall we experienced. We kept saying to each other, “Only 6 holes left”, “Only 4 holes left” and any finesse about playing the game had just gone out the window.

We were just managing to hold on to our clubs and get the ball going forward which was success in our eyes. I still could not believe how well the course held up to it, especially the greens, and felt as though we had achieved something special by just finishing the round. Despite our rounds of 81 and 82 respectively, we were sitting around the top 30 out of 90 players. The scores were the highest ever recorded for the 1st round and when former champions  score 19 over and 17 over par for their rounds you can understand how impossible conditions were. Easily the most difficult time I have experienced on a golf course.

I had spoken to one of the organisers briefly on the putting green before play and he already knew about my role from speaking to him at last year’s Northern Open. He was more concerned about the future of the Northern Open due to the event not having a sponsor which has effectively halfed the normal prize money. I half jokingly said maybe we could eventually have a Logos Golf Ministries Northern Open next year depending on how things go. He seemed fine with it and it wasn’t till I said it I thought about how prominent that would be to be sponsoring the second biggest event on the Tartan Tour. Something to pray about.

I was playing with with the same partner for the second round and conditions had eased slightly but there was a lengthy delay in the morning as the rain had continued overnight and parts of the course had started to flood. Eventually we managed a two tee start and two of the holes had to be reduced in length as this was the only way the course would be playable and get everyone out in time. I managed to speak with another player just before the round and he seems keen to participate in the Pro-Am at Dundonald in September so we have almost all our Professionals on board and I just need to speak with a couple more to get our full compliment. A score of 3 over on the second round was not bad but I did leave a couple of shots out there and narrowly missed the cut by the same amount. It was disappointing not to make it through but over the whole I did look back and feel I did pretty much the best I could have done given the conditions. Also, It was a pretty tough cut mark with only the top 32 going through.

Sometimes circumstances can seem very unfair and in an ideal world everything would be in place for things to go the way we plan. Golf is one of those games that is not like that at all and making the best of what we are given definitely gives us a better perspective. Although disappointed not to make the cut, I left Lossiemouth with some confidence and an element of contentment as for the most part I did the best I could. I will take this forward with me and know it will help me in the future.

God is always at work and he always has a plan even if things don’t go the way we would like. I was on the reserve list for the Cawder Pro-Am last week and although I didn’t get to play due to a smaller field than usual, I had the opportunity to play with fellow Christian golfer and his friend. The former has booked a team in the Pro-Am and we have also been talking about his church golf day he is organising that would have Christians and non Christians attending sometime in August. These are exciting times for the ministry in Scotland and I look forward to the plans God has for us. Let’s be honest, If we knew everything that was going to happen it would all be a bit boring wouldn’t it?

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the future of the ministry.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
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

 

Scandinavian Masters Barseback GC Malmo Sweden May 30 – June 01

Scandinavian Masters Barseback GC, Malmo, Sweden May 30 – June 01

I’ve often mentioned that some of the best contact times are when the other person can’t escape; shuttle bus, courtesy car, when taking refuge from bad weather … this week these came together on four separate occasions.

When leaving Copenhagen airport we had a 30-minute courtesy car run to the course and I spent that time chatting to a caddie from Stirling who has been on the Tour for five years. Then the gale force conditions on Wednesday gave two 3/4 hour chats with two caddies who between them have mustered 58 years on the Tour.

The shuttle bus took half an hour and one of those journeys was spent beside a player from Wales, who has in my time on Tour been back and forth on the EuroPro, Challenge and main circuits – he has ground it out and is still going.

The common thread during these four chats was how aware they all were of; my role on Tour [other than the survey], the amount of believers from South Africa and who they are, the Bible studies we hold and that life in general has more to offer than what they have … How right they are – four super conversations …. When people are on their own it’s amazing just how more open they are to talk as opposed to when in a group where their thoughts and words are guarded.

I also met up with an Asian player, and the only other believer there this week I was aware of …. Always good to get together on a 1 – 1 at these events, and his English is so good I can easily understand him, but not sure if it works the other way round?!

One other interesting and encouraging happening this week was through the social medium of What’s App. You’ll all be aware of a SA caddie who got saved over two years ago and is presently carrying for a player in Asia .. We keep in touch regularly by What’s App and he sent a message saying that his player was treating him badly on the course at this week’s tournament and he was ready to give it up … exact quote ‘I need advice I am really down’ so it was a joy to reply to him and the final sign off from him was ‘thanks, feeling much better now’ – I know social media can get a rough press but there are times when it is positive and when you can communicate instantly with someone in Japan!

Mind boggling  …

Upcoming event; Club Pros’ Championship in Dublin – This isn’t really a Logos event but over the years when I have helped out with the survey at it, there has been an increasing number of players taking part whom I have come across on the Challenge and ET, with life on the circuit being so competitive then not everyone can stay in the top hundred or so and around 20 players will be in Dublin who now ply their trade at PGA club level – so we’ll see who the Spirit brings me across this coming week …

Colossians 4:5-6

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

 

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

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

BMW PGA Championship Wentworth – May 24th & 25th 2017

BMW PGA Championship Wentworth – May 24th & 25th 2017

I have often said of this event – which has become bigger and bigger over the years and is now worth a whopping €7 million –  it can be something of a circus where doing any Logos-ing is lost in amongst the razzmatazz of all that goes on around the tournament.

I have to say that this time around, due to the Christians in Sport/Logos situation there were some meaningful meetings with those involved in this,  which included SMS inc who have linked in with Logos these last eight years. Doubtless there will be a transition which shall be full of trials and errors, teasing out things and much prayer.

An old friend was there this week and had one of his chronological questions about how Herod seemed to have been in two or three places at one time in the gospels. Having explained to him that it is a title, opposed to just one persons name, he has gone away to read the passage where this ‘anomaly’ appeared,  so we’ll await him next time around.

I did meet up with the two believers in the field there; Hennie who is playing on a medical exemption which gives him eleven starts only this season – He continues to work with the Living Ball Foundation in SA and other parts of Africa, a charity to kids, God moved him and others to start.  Dean Burmeister brought his young family with him this week from SA, and he is looking forward to some good results through the summer.  Both are well and enjoying God.

With the Manchester bombing happening this week, this was a topic of conversation which brought lots of opinions and evoked emotional responses. A photographer, several of the journalists in the media centre, caddies/players galore and and the Tour marked this with a minutes silence and the wearing of black ribbons and in the end I reminded all who proffered remedies for the perpetrators that;

“ .. each of us will give an account of himself to God.”  Romans 14:12

Next week; the Scandinavian Masters in Malmo Sweden …

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

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

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