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

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – JUNE 2018

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Kemper Lakes, Chicago – 26th – 28th June 2018

Last week I was in the USA teaming up with Cris Stevens of Global Golf Ministries in a planned fellowship and Bible study time at the tournament site.

Time was spent connecting with many players, caddies and Tour staff from Europe and America which gave me the opportunity to let people know my plans to be out on Tour again this year representing Logos Golf Ministries as a fieldworker.

The fellowship and Bible study took place in the clubhouse at Kemper Lakes and 7 people attended – made up of players, tournament staff and past players. It was great to open the Bible and discuss passages from 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, Romans 12:10 and 2 Timothy 1:6-7, encouraging and challenging each other to excel still more in love, so others can see the difference in us as we continue to strive to be more Christ like.

I had the opportunity to share my experiences at major tournaments from a spiritual and playing perspective and everyone joined in the discussion. We ended the meeting by praying together.

I look forward to my next event in Scotland where I can continue to build on the connections made in the USA, both new and old.

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Alison Nicholas

FRENCH OPEN – JUNE 2018

Open de France, Paris – 27-29 June 2018

Hype surrounded this year’s Open de France because the course upon which it is played – Le Golf National – is the venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup in September. Several big-name players were in the field with the added objective in mind of getting a proper peak at the course in advance of the iconic event in September.

World number two Justin Thomas (USA) was there, as were Jon Rahm (Spain), Graeme McDowell (NIR), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Ian Poulter (Eng) and Sergio Garcia (Spain). Le Golf National is a beautiful course, but a tough one, and the 25mph wind on a scorching Thursday made scoring difficult. Only 14 players in a field of 150+ finished in red numbers after the first round. The rough was unforgiving and it will be interesting to see if it is cut back slightly for the Ryder Cup.

On Wednesday, four of us – two players, a European Tour support staff member and I – had an encouraging hour studying Matthew chapter 8 and praying together. The phrase leading our time was ‘faith and following’, delving into the chapter and looking at the different stories in which varying levels of ‘faith and following’ manifested themselves.

There was the leper (v 1-4), the centurion (v 5-13), the teacher (v 18-22) and the disciples (v 23-27). Working our way through each of those four short accounts, we noted and reflected on examples of amazing faith, wavering faith, dedicated following of Jesus, or following that was outmuscled by other priorities. Laced through all that were constant reminders of the power, consistency, hope and reliability there is in Jesus Christ.

The notes from this study were circulated to five more people not present at the Open de France; two players and two caddies competing in the Asian Tour event in Thailand, and a golf coach often present on the European Tour.

On Thursday, during duties with the equipment survey, there was an unexpected conversation with a caddie. His response to hearing that I was involved in a Christian role was that some of his grown-up children find church meaningful back in the UK, therefore he has a healthy respect for the Christian faith.

Later on Thursday evening, I had a chance to catch up with a player-caddie partnership who I’ve regularly met with and got to know quite well. This was a shorter get-together, but an equally valuable one, particularly from the perspective of offering encouragement when it was needed.

So, all in, a lot squeezed into a couple of days and God blessed us in many ways. Through study, through fellowship, through unexpected conversations, through success in tasks needing completed and through safety in travel. I am thankful to Him for all of that. He definitely ‘goes before’ us.

A sincere thanks again to those who pray and support this role on the European Tour, which is continuing to be such a worthwhile one.

Amy, Jessica and I are having a week’s holiday in Scotland now, before a busy fortnight at the Scottish Open and The Open. At both I will stay on for the full week for BBC Scotland duties.

Bye for now, Kenny

Kenny Crawford, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour.  You can follow Kenny on Twitter here.

Belleisle and Bathgate ProAm – June 2018

With back to back Pro-Ams last week its always interesting meeting your teams and what type of reactions you receive when explaining Logos Golf Ministries as my attachment and that I am not your usual Club Professional. There was a bit off a difference with both events and the conditions.

I’ve attended the Parkdean Pro-Am at Belleisle every other year and although not a difficult course, it always has swirling winds due to the tall trees that spread over the layout. The winds were very strong and we knew this was going to be tough day, but the sun was out and that’s always a bonus. My playing partners were Simon, Sam and Ross who had travelled all the way from Leeds just to play in this event. Simon loves this part of the world and he always brings a team from his company to Ayrshire each year for a day out.

As we got started I was able to explain to the guys about my background and the reasons for me playing on the Tartan tour along with our Pro-am at Archerfield. This lasted for about ten minutes or so and I thought I was in for some good chats about the ministry during the round as they seemed quite intrigued. Sadly this did not go any further and nothing else was mentioned for the rest of the round. It was as if I had said my bit and that was enough of that for them. They asked me about plenty of other things during the round but I could tell it was about everything else but the ministry.

We all found the golf very tricky due to the winds and the slick greens but overall we didn’t play that badly despite some challenging holes. I am definitely more patient with my golf these days but probably becoming more impatient regarding interest in the ministry. I’m still guarding against being pushy but really want to chat more in depth rather than just give it the usual summary. I know I can’t force things if people don’t want to listen but I am looking to be more aware of any possible opportunities that might be missed during a round. Something to keep praying about.

We had soup and sandwiches before departing and chatted about the world cup amongst other topical issues but that was about it. Driving home I felt a bit deflated due to the frustration of not scoring as well as I played and not feeling as though much came from the day. I was then quickly reminded that every day is a learning curve and this experience should help me for future events. Nothing is ever wasted with God and I will return here more positive.

Bathgate is always a very well supported Pro-Am and this is most likely down to the host professional Stuart Callan. Stuart was one of the first professionals I ever played with when I was still an amateur back in the 90’s and he’s a true gentleman who looks after all the Pro’s when they come to his club. I was chatting to him outside the shop as he was lending me a trolley for the day and I explained about the Logos Pro-Am in October and if he would like to attend as one of the Pros. He was honest enough to say he doesn’t play much and would not want to let a team down but I took the opportunity to say he could bring a team of his friends so that he wasn’t under too much pressure and this seemed to go down better. I’ll keep in touch with him.

I had the pleasure of playing with the Captains team made up of Brian, Mhairi, and Bobby. Brian and Mhairi are the Gent and Lady Captains of Bathgate and Bobby was a guest of Brian. Right away there was a different feel to the team and I got to share with all of them regarding the ministry which was received well over the front 9. Mhairi is also a past champion of Bathgate and plays of 5 so she was impressed that we had Alison Nicholas coming to speak at our event and hopefully this might result in a ladies team coming along.

My game has been feeling stronger all the time and this is probably the best I have hit the ball all year. When you hit 16 greens in regulation and only miss 1 fairway it feels really good but my putting was a tad off due to how fast and slick Bathgate’s greens were. I thought Belleisle’s were quick but these were off the chart and I struggled to get the pace for most of the round. It wasn’t till the last few holes that I felt more comfy with them but would argue that I played good enough to win if only the putts had dropped in the first half of the round. I’ve never said that before but know I am moving on to the next level and need to keep getting myself in these positions to let it happen.

My fellow Pro, Stephen Gray was playing ahead of me and watched as I hit a good shot into the 14thto about 10 feet. As I missed the breaking putt and walked back to the tee where he was waiting, I said I was struggling on the greens to which he offered to have a look at my stroke. Stevie is probably one of the best putters on the Tartan tour and I might take him up on the offer at some point. He asked if I was playing at Drumpellier on the Sunday but I said to him “No, I try not to play on Sunday unless I really have to”, to which he replied, “ Oh are you studying John Chapter whatever”. This is just Stevie’s humour and something that makes me smile. He did ask to come to the Pro-Am again after hearing Luther Blacklock speak last year so there is hope.

We did well as a team but just finished outside the prizes due to some very low team scores. After enjoying a terrific meal and friendly chat we looked forward to possibly meeting again in some capacity and it was a nice way to end the day. I caught Stuart just as he was about to start the prizegiving and thanked him for his hospitality while reminding him of my offer to attend Archerfield. I hope he can make it.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the Logos Pro-Am in October.

In his service,

Vincent

ASI Scottish Par 3 – June 2018

The first I had heard of this event was during a call to my friend after the Northern Open. He had contacted me to say unlucky for just missing out on the final day and then proceeded to invite me to attend Paul Lawrie’s Par 3 tournament held at his own course in Aberdeen. Although it was short notice I felt that I should attend and what a great little event to be part of.

I asked for a late time on the Thursday so that I would only be away for 1 night and this also allowed me to travel up that morning. On arrival I was blown away by how the event was organised and I suppose this is due to the host trying to make it similar to a tour event set up. Although this was a par 3 tournament over a 9 hole course, you could have been forgiven for thinking we were at the biggest event of the year due to crowds, sponsors boards round each tee and in particular, a Players Lounge. Very well done.

We were to play the 9 hole course twice each day and after looking online at the layout of the course I was thinking how hard could this course be with the longest hole at just over 200 yards. I then saw some of the scores earlier that day and knew it was to be much harder than anticipated. It was the day of the high winds that battered most of Scotland and the wind never really went away all day. Apparently we had it easier in the afternoon but I don’t see how the wind could have been worse than we had it that evening. A well struck 3 wood going 165 yards says it all.

I was playing with a European tour player and former British Amateur Champion and I could tell right away how good a player he was. It didn’t take long for us to chat about our stories and its incredible how someone half my age has already played on Tour and even more impressive, The Masters, US Open and The Open. My golfing CV was just a bit less illustrious but my personal story caught his attention and he liked to hear that my wife and I were helping kids who needed the help. He didn’t mention much about my Logos story but it was a good interaction.

We really struggled in what was borderline conditions but this was a fun course to play and all you can do when its like that is get on with it. At times it felt like crazy golf but was really enjoyable and both of us almost made holes in one at the 100 yard 7th/16thdespite being downwind to a half island green. Only 1 professional out of the field broke par and that shows just how tough it was. Feeling a bit hard done by, we both finished our last hole and were glad to get in after losing to the course that day. We would get another crack at it tomorrow and the forecast was slightly better.

A drinks reception was held at a local hotel that evening and this gave me a chance to catch up with some friends and network a little. Two there are coming to the Logos Pro Am this year but I got chatting to one of the Loch Lomond Whiskey reps regarding Logos and he was very interested in this due to his family having ties with the Church of Scotland. As we chatted he expressed interest in attending the event and also providing some prizes courtesy of the distillery. Loch Lomond Whiskies is now a major sponsor for some of the big events this summer and they are really trying to put themselves on the map with the branding. A really positive chat and unexpected to say the least.

Day 2 was a bit calmer but still a very strong west wind to keep us on our toes. As I was hitting balls on the range I got that chance to chat with a former European Tour player, who is from the Aberdeen area, and I wanted to ask him about potential venues for a Logos Pro Am in the North. There was always a vision about have a few events around the country so that we were reaching all areas, and he felt our best venues would probably be Royal Aberdeen or Trump. Personally I think Royal Aberdeen sounds better but we wont get political. He was more than happy to support the event and I definitely think this is something to pray about for next year or the year after.

I was playing with Michael from Elgin for the 2ndround and we got off to a reasonable start despite ‘the breeze’. Michael is a really easy going guy and it was great to chat with him during our game. It turns out he has family that stay round the corner from me, so next time he is down we will definitely meet up and have a few holes at Dullatur. Always good to sow a new seed and it lays the foundation for more in-depth discussion. We managed to shave off some shots from our first round and both posted 3 over for the second round which shows just how difficult a little course this is. During the event I used every club in the bag apart from the driver and that gives an indication of how different each shot was over the course of the two days. This is a testament to the variation of the holes and slopes round about them which is a cracking par 3 course that tests the best.

I hope to return to this event and would encourage anyone who has not visited the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre to go and try it if you are ever in that area. I know that we will have a Logos event in the North East soon and I really feel God is going to work greatly in that area. Please pray for Logos Golf Ministries working throughout Scotland and beyond and for those mentioned in this report.

In his service,

Vincent

Northern Open at Nairn Dunbar – June 2018

It is quite sad that over the past few years now this event has ran without a sponsor. This is supposed to be the 2ndbiggest event on the Tartan Tour behind the Scottish PGA Championship, but with only 85 entries it shows that many professionals simply will not play due to the dwindling prizefund. The field used to be 150 players made up of Tartan Tour, Challenge Tour & Top Amateur golfers, but after expenses it’s only profitable by finishing in the Top 3!- I understand the lack of support.

I had never played Nairn Dunbar so it was good to get a practise round on the Monday to get a feel for the place. As I scooted round on my own I could see this was a very strategic course that required accurate driving. Very tight in places and certain sides you just could not miss the fairway. This was going to be a good challenge but I liked the course and felt I could do something round it. It was nice and calm during the practise day – never a good sign.

As I arrived for the tournament we were greeted by sunshine and blue sky and it was very warm. With a stiff breeze coming off the east it was going to be tricky but probably the easiest wind to play the course. I was playing with good young players so it was a great draw and got the chance right away to share something on the 1sttee. The Starter was just about to announce us when he came over to me and asked about the pronunciation of ‘Logos Golf Ministries’. This gave me the opportunity to go over what we do with everyone standing there and after I was finished the starter patted me on the back and said, “Good for you lad, well done”.

The front 9 was tough as we were into the wind most of the way, but the back 9 played a bit easier so some good opportunities to pick up some shots on the way in. Both Chris and Sam are quite chatty so we spoke quite a bit going round and I mentioned the Pro-Am again which Chris is definitely coming to play. We all played well coming in but I had dropped too many shots on the front to post a decent score. I would need to score under par on the second day to make the cut with there only being 30 places available.

After the round I got to chat with Chris’s friend, Ross Leeds, who is attached to Archerfield Links, and I asked him if he wanted to attend the Logos Pro-Am due to the fact that is his home course. He was more than happy to accept the offer and good to have a Professional from Archerfield present. Overall not a bad day but should really have been a few shots less.

After a good nights sleep, I was off a little earlier on day 2 so had breakfast early and headed to the practise ground. I bumped into Craig Ronald who was hitting balls just along from me and we chatted about the previous day and what was required for getting through. I knew that I would need around 2 or 3 under at least and was ready to give it a go anyway. Craig had attended the Logos Pro-Am last year and I felt he should come along again to hear Alison Nicholas so I took the opportunity to invite him again and he gladly accepted. Craig knows the story with what I do and the fact he is coming back again after hearing what Luther Blacklock had to say last year is very positive.

I was playing with Chris and Sam again so we could continue our chats from yesterday and got to know Sam a little better and his very dry sense of humour. He didn’t say much about my work after the chats from yesterday but he was impressed by the fact I am an ‘ambassador’ and thought this was very regal. As we made our way through the front 9 the boys struggled a bit, but I seemed to be the one setting the pace in the group and by the 12thhole I was under par. Chris was struggling but I gave him a quiet word and told him he was doing fine and to trust his game. He then proceeded to eagle the following hole and get himself back on track so I was glad to have helped a bit.

I knew I was still a few shots away from qualifying so needed a couple more birdies at least. Over the last few holes I missed a few 10 foot putts for birdies which would have put me in a really good position but was still in with a shout if I finished with a birdie 4 on the last hole. We were all feeling tired after another day of golf in quite blustery conditions, but we all hit decent drives and were left with mid-irons to the green. Both the boys were sitting around the 1 over par mark which was going to make it in comfortably but I was sitting at 5 over for the tournament after a bogey at 17, and knew I needed at least a birdie to finish. As I glanced at the board I could see that I now needed to make the 20 foot putt for the 3 to post 3 over for the tournament and be sure of getting through. I had a go at it anyway and unfortunately just misread the break so it left me 5 feet by the hole. I missed the return.

After play the boys congratulated me on a good second round and thought I was unlucky not to qualify with how I played. I was just hoping the cut didn’t go to 4 over as I wouldn’t have been happy 3 putting the last hole and missing by 1. The cut was 3 over, I needed the 3.

It’s disappointing to just miss it again this year but overall a very positive event with some good play and more important some good conversations. Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the continued support of the Logos Pro-Am this year.

In his service,

Vincent

SHOT CLOCK MASTERS, AUSTRIA – JUNE 2018

Shot Clock Masters, Austria, 5-7 June

A busy three-week spell ended with a great few days at the Shot Clock Masters in Atzenbrugg, Austria – about an hour west of Vienna in the car. I had been to Austria once before in 2010 but was again struck by how pleasant a country it is. The towns I passed through or stayed in were all very clean and people seem to do a good job of looking after their own patch.

This was a lower profile European Tour event than the likes of Wentworth’s PGA Championship and the Italian Open in the weeks earlier, but still a really productive one in terms of relationship building.

Two Scottish players and a caddie arrived at Vienna airport at the same time as me and we ended up sharing a car journey to the golf course together, which was the first of several nice, unplanned opportunities that week to get to know people better.

On another occasion, I shared a meal with five caddies and it was interesting to have conversations with them about some of the joys and challenges of that role.

Of the players I normally meet up with for a Bible study, there was only one of them playing at this event, but we still had a meaningful time together looking at the closing part of the story of Joseph in a few different parts of Genesis 45 – 50.

We focused on the mercy and grace shown by Joseph to his brothers, when he revealed his identity in Egypt. The brothers, in the knowledge of their wrongdoing towards him, expected Joseph would want retribution, yet Joseph was forgiving and willing to give them a fresh start.

Genesis 50 v 20-21: Joseph said to his brothers: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid, I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

We then paralleled that with a well known verse in Romans to reflect on God’s mercy and grace towards us through Jesus Christ.

Romans 5 v 8: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Even if all the players I normally meet with are not there, the content of the study is still circulated to them so they can reflect on it wherever they are in the world!

Further chances and opportunities to get alongside new people arose unexpectedly during the week, and it highlighted again to me that God goes before us and prepares the way for encounters he wants to happen – even if it is just to talk about normal things. I am hugely encouraged and excited about the week in Austria.

The next event I’m attending is the Open de France at the end of June, so it will be nice to have a couple of weeks over the next fortnight where my work keeps me in the Glasgow area.

Thanks for all your support and prayers.

Kenny

Kenny Crawford, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour.  You can follow Kenny on Twitter here.

ITALIAN OPEN – MAY 2018

The European Tour moved from Wentworth to Brescia, near the south of Lake Garda, for the Italian Open and it was great to be part of another one of the more high-profile events on the calendar. Fleetwood, Poulter, McDowell, Noren, Kaymer…many big names were there competing for a prize pot in equal value to Wentworth.

Crowds were predictably lower than that of England a week before, but the weather warmer and the ‘Gardagolf’ course stunning in places. It is the golfing home of Italy’s Matteo Mannasero.

 Wednesday was spent catching up with three golfers and a caddie for some Bible study and prayer. We looked at part of the story of Joseph in Genesis – what a great character to learn lessons and take inspiration from!

We looked at some of the different periods in his life between Genesis 37 – 41. Periods of prosperity and periods of prison, yet God was with him during both. Periods of pressure when he made the right call in difficult situations because of his close relationship with God. Periods of proclaiming when he picked his moments to publicly acknowledge God’s help in his life.

The players were encouraged by reflecting on these areas of Joseph’s story and there were several parallels able to be drawn to the golfing world as well.

One of the players also introduced me to a golf coach who is a Christian and who is keen to keep in touch. He won’t be present at every event, but will meet with us at those he does come to.

That’s five events I’ve attended now and I’m thankful for how they have gone in terms of continuing the work with the Christian golfers, and in terms of building relationships with other players and people. A lot of conversations happen over these days at events – some short, some long – and they are all valuable in different ways.

Tomorrow morning, I fly out to Vienna for the Austria Shot-clock Masters. I’m looking forward to it and would appreciate your continued prayer support; for safety in travel and for the chance to have more meaningful times.

Thanks very much, Kenny

Kenny Crawford, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour.  You can follow Kenny on Twitter here.

 

 

 

DEEP PARK 36-HOLE CHALLENGE – MAY 2018

Deer Park 36 Hole Challenge – 21-22/5

I was really looking forward to playing this event due to the fact my game was in decent shape and out of all the venues across the country, this is the course I have performed best on over the years, even making a cheque last time out. My confidence was high and I felt that the only thing needed was to hole more putts so I made the decision to change my putter a few days before the event. In hindsight this was probably not the wisest decision.

On day 1 of the tournament I was paired with a younger player and an old boss and friend. As we got going in glorious sunshine, it was quite clear that the course had dried out a bit and was playing a bit firey. Balls were not stopping at all on the greens and it almost played like a links course. A completely different course to what we normally get and my old boss made a good point that this course probably plays easier when wet despite being a fairly long course.

It wasn’t till the start of the back 9 that I got to chat with the younger guy about the ministry but we had a good conversation about what I do walking down the long 11th fairway and at first he seemed a bit surprised about the role I was doing but then accepted it as I explained more. He is a young lad and I find more and more that young ones these days have much more on their minds than God and faith and this is a result of the constant bombardment of what the world tells us we need all the time.

My old boss, on the other hand, knows my story and the role I have but he does not go there at all. He has already agreed to come along to the Pro-Am in October and I hope this will eventually move things forward for him to talk to me about it more. I’ll keep praying.

As we played on, it was clear that my choice of putter was not the best decision of the week. With how firm the greens were it was very difficult to get the ball close to the hole and I was finding the longer putts hard to judge with the different stick. After hitting 13 greens in regulation I ended up taking 40 putts on the greens which effectively took me out of the tournament and left me very annoyed with myself as I didn’t hit the ball that bad. I just wanted to use the new putter and went with my gut instead of using my head. Never a good thing to do!

We had a quick drink before leaving and discovered that there were some high scores from some good players, which was probably a result of the firm conditions, but that just made me more frustrated because if I’d only used my old putter I know that I could have been sitting well inside the top half and made a decent finish on day 2. I knew what was required the next day.

I was out quite early on the second day and was playing with a couple of guys that have played with me several times at this course. Both of the boys know about the ministry and I have chatted to each of them on separate occasions at Deer Park so it was nice to consolidate the previous conversations.  Right away, one of them asked me about the Logos Pro-Am this year and even said he is looking to bring a team to it which was great. Not even off the 1st tee and a great chat before we played which really encouraged me.

With the old putter now back in the bag I felt more comfortable and I was more at ease on the greens from the off. Distance control was far better and I didn’t feel that apprehensive way on the longer putts like the day before. We all played fairly consistently and chatted quite a bit for most of the round which gave me the chance to go into a bit more detail about my role with the more inquisitive guy especially. This resulted in us swapping details so that he can be kept up to date with the Logos Pro-Am and it will be an added bonus if he can bring a team along.

Despite being disappointed with the way I played myself out of the tournament, I was pleased with the overall event and the additional results that came from it. I know I am not far away from playing really well and just need to make better choices both before and during the round. A decent second round was the result of the right choice of putter and a 7-shot improvement, but even 33 putts is still too many. There’s more work to be done in that department and still more seeds to be sown as well as cultivation.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the right people to be drawn to the Logos Pro-Am this year.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, WENTWORTH – MAY 2018

BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth, 22 – 24 May

What a privilege to be able to spend the week at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the first time I’ve experienced that event in person.

Mixed weather on Thursday and Friday was gradually replaced by scorching sun at the weekend, providing fitting conditions for Italy’s Francesco Molinari to win after finishing as runner-up to Alex Noren last year.

I arrived on Tuesday evening and stayed in Sunningdale, just five minutes away by car. Wednesday’s focus was purely on supporting some of the Christian golfers/caddies and at this event it worked out better to see them individually at different times, because the hype and busyness  is much more than that of regular tournaments. It was heartening, also, to have one of the golfer’s girlfriends meet with us (she is also a Christian, but does not usually attend events because of the long travel it involves).

In the days leading up to Wentworth, the words in this verse in Genesis 28 v 20 had been on my heart:

“Then Jacob made a vow – if God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking, and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I can return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God.”

Jacob had his flaws and sometimes his decision-making was questionable. But we mustn’t be too quick to criticise because that can sometimes be true of us as well! Here was a juncture in his life when he saw the big picture of God’s provision, leading and sovereignty so clearly, and when that sunk in, what was his reaction?….”The Lord will be my God.”

My encouragement to the golfers and caddies was that God would continue to provide, bless and lead them on their golfing “journey”, and that they should not lose sight of His hand guiding them on that journey, even during more challenging times. We concluded that making “the Lord my God” is most definitely worth it.

It won’t always be the case, but each of those players made the cut and two of them had top-20 finishes in what is the European Tour’s flagship event.

On Thursday, I helped as usual with the equipment survey and that continues to be a really useful time to be close again with the players and caddies. Later in the day, I crossed the path of a high-profile Scottish sportsman who was attending the event as a spectator. I had met him before through BBC work and it was good to share briefly with him the Christian aspect to my role on the European Tour.

I stayed on until the end of the event to fulfil duties for BBC Scotland and there’s absolutely no doubt my role in that capacity is only beneficial for my overall role on the European Tour, in terms of building relationships.

On Monday, I flew back to Glasgow and then on Tuesday I flew out to Milan before driving to Brescia/Lake Garda for three days at the Italian Open. It is great to have this opportunity.

While I am away my wife Amy is doing a faithful job looking after our two-year old daughter Jessica, so please pray for their ongoing blessing and protection, too.

Thank you for your support and prayers, of which I really am sincerely grateful.

Kenny

Kenny Crawford, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour.  You can follow Kenny on Twitter here.

MINI TOUR, GLENEAGLES – MAY 2018

Mini Tour event at Gleneagles – 8/5/18

After a beautiful Bank Holiday weekend, it was disappointing to have an afternoon of misty rain and cool temperature of 11 degrees, but it was still nice to play the Queen’s Course at Gleneagles. No matter how many times I make the drive I’m always aware of the stature of the venue and just how vast it is. With 3 tournament courses, a Par 3 course and a golf academy, not even taking into account the numerous European Tour events and a Ryder Cup, that kind of says it all.

We all settled in the Dormie House for lunch before play and it was good to catch up with two younger guys that I had played with. They already knew my back story but there was little to mention about taking the conversations further than before.

As we moved down to the academy for some practise before play, I got to talking with a leading player about golf and the year ahead. He has been a top player on this tour over the past 10 years and is now thinking about getting a ‘real’ job as the opportunities to play are going down each year. He was not on the list of professionals I was planning to invite to the Logos Pro-Am, and as we spoke about the future I was in two minds to invite him along, but thought it best to stick to the list for now. Maybe this could change.

It was a later tee time of 3pm and I was playing with one of the two I chatted with at lunch and a player from Edinburgh. Both of these guys knew each other from Europro events, so they were chatting away quite regularly, but I did get the opportunity to speak with the Edinburgh player early on about my role and had a fairly positive reaction.

Both are not PGA professionals, so are not eligible to enter the Logos Pro-Am, but maybe in years to come we might need to have a non PGA event to allow other tour players to attend. Something to pray about going forward. There were a few other ‘bites’ throughout the round and this came in the form of how my own life has changed from my younger days which the boys could relate to better. They are just in their mid 20s so are still enjoying socialising which I know seems fun at their time in life.

We all played reasonably well despite the mixed weather and going into the back 9 all of us were under par. It’s always a really good test playing alongside quality players and keeping pace with them was really encouraging. I now feel my game is ready to challenge on the Tartan Tour which can only be positive for my work with Logos.

Heading down the last few holes it was clear that the guys were really pushing for more birdies and this is where I probably tried to protect what I had. Either way can work depending on the circumstances, but I was probably a bit over cautious and it made the difference between a top 10 and top 5 finish. Still a decent showing among a strong field of players but I know this can be improved. It’s always a good sign when your disappointed with a score in the 60s, but I could have been at least a couple of shots better.

Heading home, I began to think of my next event at Deer Park which is a venue that I normally play well at. I really pray for some good conversations at this event which will not only lead to more Professionals attending the Pro-Am, but to prompt those to ask me questions that they want to without feeling restricted.

Please pray for 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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