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Alliance at Western Gailes (Irvine) -15/2/17

western gailes golf course

Alliance at Western Gailes (Irvine) -15/2/17

After my last visit to this course last year I was looking forward to returning and enjoying my first outing of 2017 in much calmer conditions. Playing with a 40mph crosswind at this venue previously was not pleasant, but a calm breeze was blowing on arrival and I was eager to get going and post a good score to start the year off well.

I was playing with my Irish friend from Prestwick, Adrian and David Stein from Ranfurly Castle. Adrian was well aware of my attachment from our last outing but I had not met David before who is one of the professionals at Ranfurly. As we got going I immediately got chatting to David who had mentioned he saw my name around over the past couple of seasons and also wondered about Logos Golf Ministries and what that meant as an attachment. Great introduction and proof that many of the guys who I have not spoken with yet will have the same questions and that many conversations await, especially with the Logos Pro Am in black and white on the PGA roster.

As we walked along the second hole I got the chance to go into things in a bit more detail and explained about my role as an ambassador and someone who can be approached to discuss anything regarding the Christian faith without fear of views being forced on anyone. He seemed pleasantly surprised and agreed with the concept which is always positive. I have yet to experience someone completely disagreeing with what I am doing but I know there will be some opposition, as there always is eventually when it comes to Christianity. I will continue to trust that God has the situation in hand and no matter what comes against us, he has the answer and the victory.

We all played fairly solid for the rest of the round and although not much else was said regarding the Ministry or the Pro Am, we all got on well and I suppose it shows that the guys were quite comfortable with me and that is important when laying foundations for the future. I felt for David on the 14th hole as he was going along at about level par and hit what we thought was a decent drive. As we got down to where his ball should have been there was no trace and very strange not to find the ball. As play was tightly packed behind us he chose not to go back which effectively ended the round for him. Very unfortunate but I wish he had gone back to play another ball as he still could have returned a decent score. He was probably still in shock not to find the ball, as we all were, and made a rash decision without really thinking it through, but he did not want to hold play up anymore. I’m sure if it was an Order of Merit event he would have went back and played on.

On completing the round I managed to finish in 3rd place with 74. Not bad for the first round of the year on a challenging course as always. It was just nice to not be blown off the planet this time and keep the ball in play for a steady round. Hopefully signs of things to come with performance, and especially colleagues noticing the Logos name more and more this year. It is so easy to give up when feeling despondent but God has called us to press on and he rewards those who are faithful in that respect.

Please pray for those mentioned and the future of the ministry in this exciting year ahead.
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

 

 

 

Johannesburg Open @ Gauteng South Africa February 20-26, 2016

 

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Johannesburg Open @ Gauteng South Africa February 20-26, 2016

You’ll know the saying that some things come back to bite you, well … my comments that I was being made to go to SA and face sunshine and 30-odd degree temperatures, came back to bite and then some … There was rain, rain, thunderstorms and then more rain … you’ll get the idea; the players were on the course, back, out again times beyond counting ….

These conditions have good and bad points for me; it does mean that we can’t arrange a Bible Study as those who were pre-qualifying missed their intended day, and with the course being unplayable on Monday and Tuesday the players needed to practice as much as they could Wednesday [and this is a two course event] so all is tricky to put it mildly …. The good point; due to rain the players/caddies were in the clubhouse much more than normal so I was able make contact with them coming to me rather me wandering around looking for opportunities …

I was able too meet up 1 – 1 with; Mike Vlismas [media], Alex our new born caddie, Peter Karmis [player and Greek bible scholar] … and there was of course our old friend Reggie who was his usual bullish self with his desire for facts, times and visible proof … reminded me of Titus Ch 3 V 9,
‘But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.’

Another player I came across for the first time was, Ryan Fox [NZ] whose wife helps out with the survey >>> He was trapped beside me in the shuttle from the course to the hotel and so it was good to chat to him for the 25 minute journey …Also player Rob Dinwiddie with whom I had a similar chat in another shuttle ride, do put them on your prayer list …

You’ll also be aware of the saying that it is a small world, and on Sunday I had the opportunity to do a 10 minute interview on my Logos role at the church of Danny Marshall, whose family belong to my home church High Kirk in Ballymena, here in Joburg then spend the afternoon with him, his wife and new baby daughter and enjoy Sunday lunch with them …

Off to the Tshwane Open this coming week in Pretoria, where I hear the sun may well come out … Lotion at the ready!

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
contact Ken by email: kr@logosgolfministries.com

Alfred Dunhill | South Africa | Nov 28 to Dec 05, 2016

Alfred Dunhill, Leopard Creek – Malalane – South Africa
Nov 28 to Dec 05, 2016

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This is my final event of 2016, although the opening one for the 2017 season .. The Tour ends one week then starts anew the next, they have managed to arrange an ‘off-season’ for four weeks through to January 9 when it goes back to South Africa for the SA Open where another Norn Iron golfer, who isn’t as famous as me, is making an appearance, when the deal done between Ernie Els and Rory, you play in my event, Irish Open, and I’ll play in yours, SA Open, is repaid …

A good week in South Africa with so many believers around and we had our bible study on Wednesday at 8am, an hour later now, some sense is eking in, and we had half a dozen there .. As well as that I was able to meet up with two Christian players; Peter Karmis who is always a joy to talk, with being from Greece, although a he’s lived in SA almost all his life, he is keen to read the bible in the King James Version and Greek at the same time … Great!

Andrew Georgiou tends to organise the studies and he brought along some of the people he was staying with, most players are hosted for the week, and it was good to spend an extra hour with him also …

As always I had my Saturday morning 1-1 with Mike from the media and we dwelt on the passage that mentions how the Devil prowls around like a roaring looking for someone to devour, the analogy is particularly apt for the part of the world we were in …

Alex our recently saved South African caddie was as large as life as always and is constantly seeking to see to whom God is leading him to caddy for, so he’s off to Hong Kong this week with Shaun Norris ….

Very interesting discovery; I was aware last year that the greenkeeper from Massereene GC (10 miles from my home town of Ballymena) had given up his job to caddie for Chris Selfridge on the Challenge Tour … With Chris still on that tour for next season, Gavin McCreadie, said caddie, has taken up the job for this coming season with someone you may remember from the past, Steve Tiley, on the European Tour … I came across Gavin on Tuesday at the range and he introduced himself and told me the above story, he also told me that Steve had mentioned I was on this Tour and that Gavin as a believer should get in touch!!?? Now there’s a turn around and turn up. So I had a long chat with Gavin and needless to will be able to keep touch with him even when away from the Tour venues …

You’ll never guess who has returned to caddie this season for Darren Clarke, right first time, the famed Reggie …. Back as large as life and as friendly and ready to ‘discuss’ as ever, there won’t be a dull moment this coming year ….

As ever many thanks to you all who take the time to encourage by; personal contact, email, Facebook, What’s App etc … Really appreciated ….

Have a Christ filled and honouring Christmas and 2017

Matthew 2:11
“ .. They bowed down and worshipped him …”

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
Contact Ken by email kr@logosgolfministries.com

Alliance at Prestwick St. Nicholas – 15th November 2016

Alliance at Prestwick St. Nicholas – 15th November 2016

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It did not take long for the final outing of 2016 to come around and I always remember my Gran saying many years ago that time goes quicker as you get older. I do feel older and time does seem to fly these days. This year has come and gone much quicker than the previous years and I look back on it with mixed emotions but overall a positive year. Nothing ever goes exactly the way we would like but we continue to trust in God and keep learning.

It was a blustery day on the Ayrshire coast and St Nicks, as I call it, sits right on the water with out of bounds to the right of the 1st hole being ‘the water’. A little gem of a course and one you do not get tired of playing. My playing partner was an Irish lad called Adrian who had moved to Scotland from Cork about 8 years ago. He is quite settled here and has just bought himself a property in Glasgow so has no plans to return to Ireland. As we walked along the 1st hole I got the opportunity to share with him about my role with Logos but he did not really engage with that conversation. A few holes later we began chatting more about his life and how he came to be in Scotland and I could sense he was more comfortable chatting about those kinds of things as opposed to anything spiritual. There was a point half way round after I had made a few good up and downs in a row he commented on the fact that I kept, ‘hanging in there’ to which I replied that we should never give up until the ball is in the hole, linking this in with life in general. I got a little look that gave the impression he was going to say something but then didn’t. We carried on.

From not playing much over the past month I was getting it round ok but proceeded to bogey the last 3 holes. It was a disappointing finish, but still an enjoyable day with a nice lad who I hope to see again in the Alliance next year.

On finishing our round we came across Norman Forsythe who looks after the website for Logos and is a member at St Nicks. We sat and had a coffee and a chat about the future which looks positive with the news of the Logos Pro-Am next year at Dundonald already in PGA calendar. With Logos Golf Ministries Scotland only 2 years in the making and already a Pro-Am in the works, it is clear there is much work ahead for the ministry and this is only the beginning of what God has for Scottish Golf. We thank him for what he has already provided and eagerly await his plan for the future.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and the future of the Ministry in Scotland and beyond. Have an enjoyable Christmas season and a prosperous New Year.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown, PGA Professional and Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour

to contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

West of Scotland Alliance at Dundonald – 19/10/16

West of Scotland Alliance at Dundonald – 19/10/16

 

Dundonald Links named as 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open venue

I was in two minds whether to play at this event as I had not been well with a chest infection and my body was still trying to recover. After a very restless sleep I woke to a beautiful morning and although my mind was saying not to go my heart wanted to play. Dundonald is a future Scottish Open venue and a great test of golf so I did not want to miss it.

On arrival it was such a calm day without a cloud in the sky which is very unusual for the west coast. I was really looking forward to playing but as I got started I just didn’t feel right and my body was not working the way it should. My playing partners were Colin and John from Glasgow and I got the opportunity to share about the Ministry on the 1st hole as we walked up the fairway. John was intrigued about how I had come back to my faith and was working with Logos whereas Colin wasn’t too bothered. It’s funny how most people ask what course Logos Golf Ministries is attached to and when I give the full answer you can tell by the look on their face whether they are interested or just plain scared.

As we continued, the sun shone brightly in the vast stretch of uninterrupted blue and it was a sight to behold above a fantastic course. Any other time I would have been in my element but my body was not coping well and I had to resign myself to the fact that I was not in a fit state to continue playing. I forced myself to get to the 9th hole and then made my apologies to the guys as I retired. As I made my way back to the clubhouse, which thankfully was not far, I was annoyed that I was not able to finish but I think I was more annoyed that I did not listen to myself when I knew I really shouldn’t have played.

As I drove home I kept telling myself how stupid I was for going and what a waste it was. Even when I got home I started complaining to my wife about what a bad decision I had made and then she put things in perspective for me before I fell completely into that pit of self pity. She said “Yes, you probably shouldn’t have gone, but at least you tried and that’s all you could do.” It took a while to sink in but she was right. I gave it a go and it didn’t quite work- Ok, move on.

There is nothing worse than feeling sorry for yourself and it can be so easy to do. I am thankful I was able to manage the 9 holes and get the chance to share with the guys. I now look forward to the final event of the season at Preswick in November and the next step forward.

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 and PGA Professional playing on the Tartan Tour
to contact Vincent email
vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

British Masters | The Grove London | October 11 – 13, 2016

British Masters at The Grove London October 11 – 13, 2016

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This is fast becoming a rival to the PGA Championship at Wentworth and The Open for razzmatazz with Sky Sports as its ambassador who give 20000 free tickets on ‘Sky Day Thursday’ and have all sorts of player/celebrity whooplah on a daily basis and ten hour uninterrupted TV coverage each day … Strangely they didn’t interview me?!

A good week where I met up on one-to-one with;
Ashun Wu; this is his final event in Europe and he’s found it a bit tricky and is glad to be going back to China as it is a little ‘foreign’ to him here, with all the unusual food? As always he was genuine and forthcoming and looking forward to getting back to his family and their family church in Shanghai …

Ben Hayden; who works at the European Tour offices in Wentworth and he and I manage to catch up with when he is at some of the British events … Ben was back from three weeks at the Ryder Cup and as ever we had an in depth talk about matters spiritual and how we should be seen as distinctive in our walk with God ….

I also came across on the range Mike Walker (coach to Danny Willett among others) whom you’ll recall I’ve had a few chats with and he is always probing and his angle this time was ‘Is what you do really a psychology role making players feel better?’ So a good chat ensued about the mind on a human level and the ‘mind of Christ’ 1 Corinthians 2:16 … Do put Mike on your prayer list as he knows about the Way, but doesn’t know Him as yet …

At this event I always come across our old friend Mark Pinney who lives close by, and I had the pleasure of a two night stay with his family and much appreciated their kind hospitality …

As the 2016 season nears its end, mind you the final tournament is week beginning November 21 and the 2017 starts week beginning November 28, not a long off-season? Just to say how much I appreciate all your prayers, emails of encouragement and support throughout the year …

Yours thankfully

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

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

1 Corinthians 2:16
“For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Scotland Golfers Alliance Championship | Irvine | 4th & 5th October, 2016

Scotland Golfers Alliance Championship
(Irvine)
4th & 5th October, 2016

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The Scottish Alliance Championship is an event that comprises of the four Alliance associations- North, South, East & West.

This year the event was run by the West Alliance so the venue was at Irvine Bogside in Ayrshire.

After being away for a week in Fuerteventura to visit my father in law, it seemed a little chilly although the temperature was a mild 14 degrees for the time of year (It was 28 degrees in Fuerteventura!). A brisk wind was brewing and I knew this would be a tough day as Irvine is tricky enough at the best of times, never mind with the wind. I was fortunate enough to arrange a meeting with the Scottish PGA Secretary, Shona Malcolm, while I was in Irvine and we discussed the possibility of a Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am for next year. The PGA are more than happy to put this event on the calendar so once we have confirmed the venue this event will be going ahead next Autumn – Good news for the ministry and details to follow in the new year!

After hitting a few balls I made my way to the tee and my playing partner for the next couple of days would be Gary from the North Alliance. I got to give him the brief details of my role with Logos before we teed off and initially he seemed quite surprised, but as we played round he did not ask anything else about it and I definitely got the feeling he wanted to avoid the subject as we spoke about everything else but that. A very difficult 25 mph wind blew for the rest of the day and it seemed as though every hole was playing into the wind. Not a great scoring day and the scores for the event showed this apart from the early starters who got it a bit calmer – how dare they!

Again, we were teeing off a bit later the next day and it seemed as though the wind had stayed the exact same. I was told it was like this all morning so the whole field had to play under the same conditions. I did feel slightly better but then realised I still had to go and tough it out again. What happened today really showed me something that was strange but encouraging. Gary did not mention anything regarding my role or ask any questions about it. I kind of figured that was going to happen after yesterday but I still remained open for the rest of my time there. As I played round I experienced a change in my golf and I really felt I was swinging well and playing well despite the strong wind. As I kept going I began to forget about the score and just thought about how my body was moving. This was how it should feel and I was striking the ball better than ever. The wind was still making it tough and putting was not easy. As I walked off I had scored 80 but felt as though I had played extremely well and learned something that was going to change my game for the future. Gary and I thanked each other for our company over the last couple of days in tough conditions and said our goodbyes before heading home. Irvine had won over the two days but I felt I had taken away not just the good news of the Pro-Am for next year, but an experience that will last and will take me to the next level of my playing.

Sometimes going through the tough times is when we really learn what we need to. We might not see it right away and we might feel as though we are fighting a losing battle, but by being aware of what is going on around us and persevering towards the end we can always learn something, and that something may have already came up years ago but we simply forgot about it.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the growth of the ministry leading to the Logos Pro-Am next year.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador and PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

Dunhill Links Championship St Andrews October 5 – 7, 2016

Dunhill Links Championship
St Andrews
October 5 – 7, 2016

yrrell-hatton-winning-the-dunhill-at-st-andrewsThe Dunhill, every second year, follows the Ryder Cup and half of the Europe team raced back from the USA to take part alongside their long-time amateur partner’s … I guess the travel and turmoil of the Ryder Cup took its toll as only three made the cut and Masters champion Danny Willett didn’t, although his caddie, who was his playing partner for the week wasn’t so affected and they won the team prize, one up for the caddies …

This is always a very popular tournament, if a bit fragmented, with three courses in use, but I did manage to meet up with our media-man fiend and believer Mike from SA for a good long chat about the things of God and what He was doing with him … and had another long talk about what God was doing in the life of a putting coach, whom I come across three/four times a season with this week being one of his brief forays on the Tour ….

SA has a good turnout in the Dunhill due to the connection with the company’s owner Johan Rupert and amongst those playing were Dean Burmeister [whom I met up with] and JB Kruger, they did find it a little chilly compared to the SAs Dunhill version at Leopard Creek, in Kruger National Park where the temperature will be in the high thirties in December [and Logos make me go to this!] …

Also spent a couple of hours with Logos friends and supporters, the Glasgow’s, who live in St Andrews show us generous hospitality year on year …

Next Week; The British Masters at The Grove, near London …

“Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God;
On behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.”
Job 16:19-21

All your intercessions go through Him, and I am grateful for them all …

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

contact Ken by email kr@logosgolfministries.com

 

Italian Open Monza Milan September 13 – 15, 2016

Italian Open Monza Milan September 13 – 15, 2016

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You will be well aware that the Tour follows the sun but every now and then the rain takes its revenge, so Tuesday and Wednesday went to plan with 30 degrees and searing sunshine, Thursday? Deluge wouldn’t be in it … “Three men in a boat [for Thursday]” would have been an apt title for this week’s update …
First Man

I travelled from the airport to the venue in a courtesy car with player, Matthew Southgate, who last year was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which for a 27 year old is a bit of a setback .. He has since then gotten the all clear after due operations and has had a good playing year which he’s put down to the renewed perspective that a health issue brings … He sees himself as more; appreciative, positive and ‘lucky’ – so it was good to have such a long chat to him and I look forward to discussing the ‘luck’ aspect with him ….

Second Man
Ashun Wu was back this week and we met up for a 1 – 1 study which was terrific …. He encapsulates all that you imagine an oriental to be; mannerly, cheerful, grateful and in Ashun’s case, always looking to Jesus … He on a practical front finds Europe ‘foreign’ which is interestingly how the players/caddies find China, the food he finds strange? The language a barrier, although I reckon his English is excellent, but he finds it difficult to read the language, most of all there is only one other Chinese on the Tour and he is a teenager who isn’t a believer so he finds life somewhat lonely – do please keep Ashun before God …

Third Man
Courtesy car man Nick was in attendance this week and I had a really long and profound time with him … We met on Wednesday afternoon just after he’d been for a solitary walk, which was a product of our last couple of weeks studies on Mary choosing the better part and the meditating on the word of God and he then sat down for what he reckoned would be 10-15 minutes (he was working after all) that turned into 60 minutes as we just talked about the things of God and he had lots of meaningful questions and I had the opportunity to give him my testimony … So God is clearly moving with Nick, keep praying …

Did spend a bit of time with Mark again and we are going to meet up here in Northern Ireland soon … Should have been Four men n’ a boat, but there’s no book with title that title …

‘Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.’ Ephesians 5:16

‘Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.’  Colossians 4:5

Two weeks at home now before the final run of three events from early October.

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

you can contact Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

 

Drumpellier Pro-Am – 03/09/2016

Drumpellier Pro-Am – (3/9/16)

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Last year I did not play particularly well at this event but had some good chats with some of the other Pros which is always positive. I was not quite prepared for what was to happen today but I know that God’s plan for the ministry in Scotland has now moved up a gear and I am excited to see where he is going to take us.

On arrival to the club something felt a bit different and I couldn’t put my finger on it. As I entered the clubhouse I checked in with the PGA and was about to go for a practice putt when I was offered a breakfast voucher to which I initially declined. As I walked away I thought to myself I would just go back and have a quick roll and a tea before going out as I thought it was just about to rain, so I turned back and accepted the ticket. As I sat in the lounge I was approached by my team members who introduced themselves as David, Maurice and David. Right away they all asked me what club I represented so that gave me a great chance to sit at the table and have their full attention as I explained my role and my faith. To my surprise, Maurice mentioned that he was also a Christian and was quite active in his church. As we sat and chatted away I felt this was a real divine moment as Maurice seemed to know so many people who he felt could be good for progressing the Golf ministry. Heading to the 1st tee I felt uplifted by the start to the day and this carried on to the course. It has been a while since I felt so comfortable playing and I definitely sensed a real calm about the day combined with a bit of excitement as to what the future held for Logos Scotland. We continued chatting all the way round and the guys even mentioned that they might be able to make it to the Golf Day in October but apart from that we had forged a real friendship and I knew this meeting was no accident.

At dinner I got to sharing my vision of a Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am next year and all the guys agreed they would be happy to support this by purchasing a team so the day could not have went any better, apart from the one blip of dropping a shot as usual at my dreaded 17th hole to finish 1 over. We exchanged email addresses before leaving and Maurice and I have since been in touch to arrange meeting up again.

I almost wasn’t going to enter for this Pro-Am but felt I should, and even when I spoke with the PGA asking if I could have a later tee-time, I got 9.20am?

Sometimes when it appears things are not going in the right direction we need to trust that God is in control and what he has waiting for us is far better than what we could organise through our own understanding. I know there are great things to come and I look forward to meeting the people he will place in my path.

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 on the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com