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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

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

Deer Park Masters Qualifying & AAM Scottish Open Qualifying – July 2017

Deer Park Masters & AAM Scottish Open Qualifying

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

Deer Park

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

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

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

AAM Scottish Open Qualifier – Barassie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – July 2017

Irish Open – Portstewart GC Northern Ireland July 4-6

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

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

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

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

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

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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