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Irish Open Fota Island GC Cork June 17 – 19

Irish open logos on tour Irish openBible Bookshops – Belligerent Buggies – Bad Backs and Ballymena’s Best

Baking sunshine for the week came as a pleasant and welcome surprise when the Tour reached the British Isles … 28 Degrees on Wednesday!!!!

Bible Bookshops

I received a text message from Hennie [Otto] when on the way to Cork looking for a bold print NIV bible for one of the caddies,  … I had an interesting time seeking out a Christian bookshop in Cork and duly found a small second hand one that was owned by a Believing gentleman, Billy O’Mahoney who was in the priesthood before hearing of being born-again and finding Jesus as his personal saviour.  It was good too meet him and he was equally delighted too find out that there was a presence on the Tour …. Pray for Dean that he will read the word and find Jesus …

Belligerent Buggies

Jake Roos got a very late entry and we met up … Jake always reminds me of the verse “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “ [Matt 5:6] which describes him … I had noticed he’d had a really poor event in St Omer the previous week, +12 then withdrawing and he told me the story … On the Challenge Tour you are not compelled to have a caddie and Jake was going down one of the many hills on the course with his three wheeled buggy and thought he’d just let it run down to the bottom of the hill, well the front wheel was out of alignment and the buggy headed toward the lake followed by a galloping Jake, who didn’t catch it and into deep water it went … clubs ruined, phone destroyed, Jake soaked in the rescue .. He didn’t see the funny side, but everyone else did …

Bad Backs

Hennie returned after three weeks out with a bad back, played round one and had a one under 70, then had to withdraw before the second round, back troubles again and has since gone home to SA for further treatment …. He is very happy and thankful for all to pray for healing, so I’d ask you to do this ….

Ballymena’s Best

Our own Dermot McElroy was playing his fourth Irish Open and it looks as if he shall be leaving the amateur ranks at the end of the year … Good too meet up with him and his family during the week … He didn’t make the cut, mind you neither did the other McIlroy ….

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

More from the tour:

ISPS HANDA Senior PGA Championship

ISPS HANDA Senior PGA Championship 5th to 8th June 2014

Des Smyth at Seniors Tour event at Stoke by NaylandSeniors at Stoke by Nayland

Being in the heart of Gainsborough and Constable country, it is quite appropriate that the  courses at Stoke By Nayland, situated between Colchester and Sudbury, are named in honour of those two great artists. It was the undulating Gainsborough that hosted the PGA Senior Championship, involving 150 golfers and the longer 72 hole format. The higher than usual number of players meant that I encountered a sea of relatively new faces although it was comforting to be able to recognise many of the more familiar faces.

To the untrained eye (ie mine) the course appeared in excellent condition, but many of the players thought otherwise and the implementation of ‘Winter rules’ (in June!!) was testimony to the soft underfoot conditions. leadership of the tournament early on was shared between Des Smyth, Mark James and Steen Tinning, but it was Spaniard Santiago Luna who eventually took the top prize.

The Bible study was held in the hotel lounge – 3 of the players were able to attend. We began a new series focussing on the ‘I am’ claims of Jesus as recorded in John’s gospel, looking at the conversation that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman in which He declared himself to be the Messiah. We examined the significance of Jesus the anointed one being prophet, priest and king. Please pray that the players (and indeed myself) might have a deeper appreciation of who Jesus is.

Other matters for prayer please:

1          There are fewer events on the 2014 Senior Tour. This is causing those players who           travel the longest distances to be particularly concerned about their ability to cover their travel expenses.

2          Steve Van Vuuren, who is a regular faithful attendee at the study times, finds himself      lower down the pecking order for entry into tournaments (he missed out by one     place last week) and is considering his future participation on the Tour.

3          Hendrik Buhrmann missed the cut last week and so also missed out on any earnings.

4          Steve Cipa continues to attend – his son was caddying last week and I managed a             short chat with him.

My next visit takes me to Bad Ragaz in Switzerland and I’ll report back after that event.

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Allan Gray, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the Senior Tour