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

Douglas Park Pro-Am – August 2017

Douglas Park Golf Club hosts one of the few Pro-Ams that I always play in each year due to where it is and there is always a healthy support for this Pro-Am, meaning plenty of Professionals required for it. After the weather of the previous 2 days I was not even sure if the event would go ahead but no messages from the PGA that morning so business as usual.

On arrival I made my way to the practice putting green to find a very wet and spongy surface which was not great to putt on. The alarm bells were going off already and I could see a number of puddles down the 1st and 18th holes. The course was probably borderline for playing and if this had been a Saturday medal I’m sure it would not have gone ahead. The problem the officials have in these circumstances is that a lot of money and planning goes into organizing a Pro-Am, so unless there are rivers running down the fairways and lakes on the greens they will always try and go ahead. The alternative is to rearrange for another day which is very hard to do at this stage in the year.

None of my playing partners had played the course before. As we walked down the 1st hole I got chatting to one of them about my role with the ministry as he asked what club I was at due to the announcement on the tee of my attachment. Its always good to get in there early and I got to give him a fairly comprehensive explanation before we finished the hole. I also had a moment with another partner around the 5th hole where he asked, “So what’s Logos Ministries then?”. He had obviously been thinking about it for a bit and then felt he had to ask, so this was another good chat which lasted for the duration of the hole. He thought it was good idea to have something like that on the tartan tour and was quite impressed we have got an event on the calendar. As usual this year, the weather changed from being fairly calm to being wet and windy. It was a tough slog for the back 9 with the course playing it’s full length, and Douglas Park’s greens are difficult enough when dry never mind being spongy with the amount of rain they had taken over the past days. All the scores that day were quite high due to this and definitely added to an ‘off’ day for me.

On completion of our round we headed to the lounge for dinner and we sat and had a good chat about various things from the Ministry to Golf Equipment. Despite the round falling short of all our expectations we thoroughly enjoyed each others company and will try too keep in touch. One of my partners, being an retired golf club maker, has even offered to meet up with me before next season to have a look at my equipment so that he can assure me of the shafts being ‘pured’ and balanced. Without getting into the science too much this is a great offer even with a new set of clubs and I will definitely meet with him over a few holes at some point before the end of the season.

Just as I was about to leave I bumped into a fellow Pro and friend  who had finished tied  for 1st place that day. He has struggled recently with his knee and even had surgery on it this year so is only now getting back to playing more. He asked me how things were going and I mentioned to him about the Logos Pro-Am in September. He is going to see if he can bring a team to the event as he would like to attend as one of the Professionals but will see how his knee is holding up. I pray he can make it. Overall, a very encouraging day despite the course conditions and nothing better than a chance meeting. Is there such a thing??

A very quick mention of thanks to my friend Ewan Forgie who invited me to the Grace Church Golf Day at Falkirk Tryst on Friday. This gave a great opportunity for Christians and Non-Christians to play golf with each other and I was especially privileged to share a brief story of my journey after a very enjoyable game and meal. During the day I was able to speak with my playing companion Aidan regarding the Ministry in more detail and we had a really good chat over dinner which I think will result in us meeting up again for a game. A real gentleman and a terrific golfer who along with 80 year old Jimmy was a pleasure to play with. By the way, Jimmy plays off an 8 handicap and still hits it pretty good – incredible.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for future conversations.

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

KERR INVESTMENTS PRO-AM QUALIFYING – AUGUST 2017

Kerr Investments 36 Hole Pro-Am Qualifying

An early rise again for my journey down to Dumfries as I was off at 8.10am, and it takes about 90 minutes to get there. A beautiful morning was provided for my birthday and driving through the hills of the M74 with the blue sky above was clear evidence of God’s creation.

After arriving I got myself sorted and made my way to the tee. I was looking forward to the day but this course has always presented me with some issues due to the small quirky greens and subtle breaks. Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club is not by any means a difficult course but the one word I would use – tricky. When I got to the tee I was the first of my group to arrive and chatted to one of the PGA officials. He mentioned that I had been playing more this year which had seen some better results recently. The two of us were more pleased at the fact we were both wearing short sleeves and dry due to the number of events this year that both of us got soaked.

My playing partners were from East Kilbride and Turnhouse and after the usual introductions and ball identification we got started fairly sharp. It is sometimes unusual for my playing partners not to ask about my attachment but this is more common amongst the younger players which both boys were. I thought it was going to be one of those quiet rounds again but both boys surprised me by asking about Logos half way into the round – both on the same hole. This gave me quite a good opportunity to share about my role and my faith and I was pleased they seemed interested. Both boys were respectful lads and decent players and as they are not long into their PGA careers I will continue to look out for them and see how they get on.

The one thing I am very aware of now is whatever situation I find myself in I need to deal with whatever comes at me and make the best of it. During the round I hit my ball into one of the bunkers and as I walked up to see the lie, I was disappointed to find the ball was so far buried in the sand, I had no shot out. This is very unusual and a result of there being too much sand in the bunker. I attempted the shot knowing I could not get the ball out but simply trying to move it to a better position in the bunker. After finally getting out in two shots I missed a 6-foot putt for a bogey and walked off feeling slightly miffed.

It can feel really frustrating getting a bad break like that, but I look at it from the point of view that if I hadn’t put it in the bunker I would not have been in that situation, and I tried my best with each shot so can’t really complain. God is always with us even in unfair situations and he allows us to see the situation for what it really is which teaches us and strengthens us for the future. Despite not qualifying by a couple of shots I was pleased that I still gave myself a chance of qualifying by continuing on with some decent play and not letting that moment affect me. We never know what can happen until the game is over and I will be back next year to try again. We only ever really fail when we give up.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report,

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 vb@logosgolfministries.com

NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN – AUGUST 2017

Challenge Tour – NI Open Galgorm Castle GC Ballymena Nth Ireland August 7-11

Our Christian caddie from SA was to be in town this week, but I’m afraid that having arrived at Dublin airport and being asked where he was headed and informing said authorities he was going to Northern Ireland, he found out his visa didn’t take him into the United Kingdom …. Had he said, he was staying in the Republic of Ireland, he’d have been okay, but he thought honesty was the best policy …

SAs need several visas; Europe, EU, UK etc and unusually for him, and all SAs, who are well genned up on such matters, he had overlooked some detail this time around …. As it turned out, another friend of ours was at the event and ended up carrying the player’s bag!  So he and I spent some time chatting over the week ….

As I mentioned before, living across the road from Galgorm makes this a very ‘home’ event, which is the answer to most players/caddies queries when they ask why I’m at a Challenge Tour tournament … These days around half the field at CT events have been on the ET for varying lengths of time so there are lots of familiar faces, never mind the host of Ballymena people one comes across every other step in and about the venue …

It was good to have a chat with a player who had a major operation a couple of years ago when going very well on the ET and is now working his way back. It was also good to catch up some familiar faces and others I hadn’t seen for some time. There were lots of soundbite moments this week …

The NI Open is the players’ favourite on the CT, and it is easy to see why, with the effort that goes in to make it a special tournament on the calendar, and that is greatly appreciated by all those taking part

Next Event; Czech Masters in Prague

Proverbs 12:22

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

LADIES BRITISH OPEN – AUGUST 2017

The Ladies British Open – Kingsbarns July 31st – 3rd August

Having made my LOGOS Golf Ministries debut at Dundonald Links in Irvine for the Ladies’ Scottish Open, I travelled onwards to Kingsbarns. This was the venue for the British Open – a major week on the other side of Scotland.

I visited Monday qualifying at the Castle Course where tension was high. For those who hadn’t qualified automatically, there were only 20 spots available from a field of 100 or so players to play in the British Open.

Cris Stevens (Global Golf Ministries) and I were able to support and chat with several Christians at the Castle with encouraging news at the end of the day that they had qualified for the big event at Kingsbarns.

Fellowship took place on Tuesday evening and three players and an agent of a player attended. The discussion revolved around sharing our faith with others and the challenge to take opportunities when they arose. The players expressed the challenges of tour life and the difficulty in competing well all the time. Everyone was encouraged to focus on our divine purpose as Christians so that the joy and beauty of knowing Christ can be received and shared as he intended.

We prayed for one another and encouraged each other to continue praying in the coming weeks for all that was shared.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” – this scripture was the challenge for us to focus on.

Next up is the Solheim Cup in the USA – where a Sunday service will take place on August 20th for all the staff, spectators and competitors.

Alison Nicholas

LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN – JULY 2017

The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Ladies Open – Dundonald Links Irvine – July 27th – 30th

This week was the start of my new role with LOGOS Golf Ministries as its representative on the Ladies European Tour. The first event in the UK this season was a joint sanctioned event with US LPGA Tour on the west coast of Scotland. Cris Stevens from Global Golf Ministries and Jules Wilkinson from Christians in Sport joined me to assist me and support the Christians on the tour.

Time was spent connecting with many players, caddies and tour staff, which gave me the opportunity to explain my presence on tour and my role with LOGOS Golf Ministries.

The weather was rather inclement which delayed the tee times by 25 minutes, resulting in fewer players attending the planned fellowship/bible study meal. Several players and a caddie attended the evening and Jules and I had the opportunity to share our roles and points for prayer going forward. 

It was a really encouraging time and the players shared their small group bible study experiences. It was exciting to hear their passion to want to grow in Christ and how their walk with Christ is so much more important than golf. We then prayed for each other.

Alison Nicholas 

 

DEER PARK MASTERS – AUGUST 2017

Deer Park Masters – 1st & 2nd August

A month after qualifying for this 36-hole Order of Merit Pro-Am, I was back at Deer Park to do it all over again. A course I always enjoy and was looking forward to the two days ahead. The top 25 players in the country along with the 25 qualifiers make up the 50-player field for the professional event and this is a good test of where your game is compared to the better players.

On the first day I was playing in a fourball and we were blessed with some decent weather for a change. These events always work on a shotgun start due to the number of teams playing over the 2 days, so we started at the 16th hole which means there is no announcement on the tee, just a horn that sounds at the allocated tee time. 

Early on in the round I got to chatting with one of the group about my role with Logos and was encouraged that he was also a Christian. This led to sharing a brief testimony on the 4th hole which does not happen very often but is nice to share your own story when you get the chance. Overall we enjoyed a decent game and everyone contributed to the team score at some point so we ended up with a respectable 6 under which, although it did not win any prizes, was by no means the worst score of the day. I exchanged contact details with the Christian and will keep in touch with him going forward regarding any future developments in that area.

Due to my score on the first day I was out in the afternoon with the leaders on day 2, so it was nice not to have to get up too early. I was to start at the 11th hole that day which is not too far from the clubhouse, so not far to walk before teeing off which is always a bonus with shotgun events. 

I was playing with two good players that afternoon. One was a 5 handicap and the other used to play on the Alps tour but was no longer a pro and now played off Scratch. One of them asked me on the tee where I was based due to my attachment, so this gave me an opportunity to explain my role as we had a 10 minute wait before we teed off. The guys did not really say anything else about it so I did not push things after that. 

 The other player was a very good ball striker and you could tell he was a quality player from the off. Sometimes it can be difficult when a playing partner is striking the ball so well and you feel you need to keep up with them, but I have learned only too well that the score on the card is what counts and everyone benefits from playing to their own strengths rather than trying to do it like someone else. 

The weather did not help us after the first few holes and it got extremely wet for the remainder of the round. The course was touch and go with greens filling up but we continued on with the help of the greenkeepers rolling the greens to keep the water at bay.

A final round of 1 over for me in difficult conditions was a decent score and I was happy with 19th place overall. For just a team of 3 players, another team score of 6 under was a good result also in those conditions.

I have felt a real calming influence over my golf recently and I know God is with me more than ever, especially in the difficult circumstances. It’s very easy to wait till things are a mess before we turn to God but as soon as we feel anything coming against us we should pray right away for peace of mind to see clearly, and then we can effectively tackle the job at hand. 

Because of this I now enjoy the adversity in my golf because I see it as a challenge to overcome instead of a problem stopping me from my goal. It has been said that ‘golf is not a game of perfect’ and I would argue that could be said of life itself. Every golfer plays best when he realises what shots he can get the best results from and this is course management at its best. Prayer definitely helps with our life management.

Please pray for future meetings and those mentioned in this report.

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

Porsche European Open – July 2017

Porsche European Open Green Eagle GC Hamburg July 25 – 27

A good week in Hamburg …. As ever at the ‘smaller’ events, although at €2 million prize fund that might be something of a misnomer, but you know what I mean, I am able to get around more easily without the entourages that are prevalent at the ‘bigger’ tournaments …

We had a super little bible study outdoors at the Players Lounge, with six in attendance.  I was also able to meet up 1-to-1 with a caddie, who  doesn’t have the luxury of dictating where and when he is at work … We had a look at the passage in Exodus 4 [verse 14] at why God burned with anger whilst he in the same breathe had made preparation for Moses to fulfil His plan for him … Good discussions ensued >>>

On the outreach front it was good to see another player again. He hasn’t had a card to play on the main Tour this year and has been dipping in and out, but he was as open as always and is super to chat with …

I also came across another old friend, who continues to be keen to talk when on his own but is like a cat on a hot tin roof when others are around in case I mention something about God >>> I think it’s called denial?

There were also meaningful catch-ups with some caddies I’ve mentioned several times before. Our courtesy car man was also there and so it was good to pursue his thoughts on Jesus …   Do keep praying for these people as they know ‘about’ God …..

Next Tournament; Challenge Tour in my home town, Ballymena – where my travel expenses are very high as I have to cross the road, I go through shoe leather at quite a rate, and I wear very expensive shoes …

‘Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you.’  Exodus 4:14

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

Bothwell Castle ProAm – July 2017

Bothwell Castle Pro-Am 23/7

It’s been a while since I have been to Bothwell and although a course full of straight forward holes it has some very tricky greens that are difficult to read. A decent forecast meant short sleeves which has been a very rare occurrence this year. No complaints.

I was playing with 3 members from Bothwell. I met one as I walked to the tee and realised we had met before as he was a member at my old club, Westerwood. Right away we chatted about what we had been up to and he asked about what club I was with now, so that gave me the chance to explain my attachment and ambassador role before we even hit a ball. As we got started I was able to get the opportunity to speak with the other 2 also. The third hole was where one asked me about my ‘club’ and by the 5th hole the other had also enquired about my attachment which allowed me to explain a bit more about Christians in Sport and how we are all working with each other going forward. One seemed more interested in my Foster Care duties and linked this with my faith which I suppose is one of the main reasons I was involved in that work. During these conversations it was apparent that the guys were intrigued by what they had heard but not confident enough to take the conversation to the next level. I had given them enough to think about and they focused more on the golf for the back 9.

Apart from a couple of showers, it was a warm and sunny afternoon and the team played well with no bogeys leadingto a 10 under par total. Not quite good enough for the top 5 but everyone played their part and a decent showing. As we sat at dinner with the final round of the Open on television,we discussed the topic of technology in golf and we were all in agreement some limitations need to be in place for the future of the game. Players are always looking for more distance, and balls and clubs are always offering more. With some tour players hitting the ball 350 yards now, golf is seen as a power game, which is not how it was originally intended. Is the game in danger of looking too easy on television which makes it boring?? An interesting thought.

Final thought – In life we are always looking for more and when we get it then circumstances change so that we need something else. It seems we are never truly fulfilled by anything on this earth but only through God we can see and appreciate everything for what it is – temporary.

Next stop is the Deer Park Masters in August.
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 vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

146th Open Championship – July 2017

The 146th Open @ Royal Birkdale GC Southport July 18-21

This was the last of my three week ‘home from home’ tournaments and this time I was invited to stay at the home of Keith and Irene MacIntosh [Keith a past Logos board member] and so travel to Birkdale in my own car with Keith who acted as my SatNav and introduction to, what seemed like, everyone who lives in the North-West of England … Ten yards was about the longest walk before bumping into another friend of his, you probably think I’m exaggerating, I’m not >>> Thanks Keith and Irene for a super week

As is the way at the big events there wasn’t a lot doing in a Logos sense, but Keith had arranged a ‘Meet the ET Chaplain’ evening at his local club in Leyland where we had to go outside due to the numbers attending, either that or because it was so warm?  Either way it was a joy to share a little of the chaplaincy role with some more new people ..

Good also to meet up with a friend from SMS and update him on the progress with the CiS/Logos transition and as you know SMS and Logos have a long term link on the Tour, so we continue to seek God over a new person …

Talking of SMS and survey’s – at The Open the USA version of SMS also appear [the Darryl Survey] so it’s a week when the players/caddies are put upon twice, at least, but I discovered this week that two of the US team are believers when I came across them on the Thursday as I was leaving, so that was encouraging and good for future Opens … it also led to the lasting memory of the Open, for as it is with the openness of Americans, they announced while standing on the practice putting green beside the first tee at Birkdale, ‘let’s pray!’ So we had a huddle and prayer – not a bad way to take my leave …

Next Week; European Open at Hamburg

1 Timothy 2:8

‘I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.’

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

 

 

Ken

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open – July 2017

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

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