The Logos Golf Ministries Pro Am will be held at Dundonald links on Thursday 28th September and we are now officially open for team entries.
The price for a team of 3 players will be £350 and this entitles you to breakfast on arrival, 18 holes on the 2017 Scottish Open venue with an experienced PGA professional plus dinner. Please bear in mind this is a great price for the venue as most Pro-Ams cost around £450- £500 at your average members club.
For those who would like to book a team please contact me by email Vincent Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07590 588730 and I will then instruct you on the payment procedure. All payments are to be made before 31st May 2017 and prompt payment is appreciated.
There are limited places for this event so please enter as soon as possible to reserve your team. I look forward to welcoming you to Dundonald on the day and thank you for your support.
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour in Scotland
Tshwane Open Pretoria CC Sth Africa February 27 – March 04, 2017
After a week of ‘British’ weather that reduced last weeks event to three rounds, upset every timetable and filled the reservoirs of SA to overflowing, things were back closer to the norm with the Pretoria tournament where the sun shone and the heat returned ….
We were able to plan for a bible study on the Wednesday, things have progressed from 7am starts to 8am and now it’s 1pm – good sense prevailing … sadly three of the players and two caddies who’d usually come along missed getting into the Tshwane Open as they failed to qualify from the Tuesday Pre-Qualifier so they weren’t around on Wednesday …
I had managed to meet up with our believing Chinese friend Ashun Wu on Tuesday and it was great to see him come along to the Bible Study …. his English is very good, he doesn’t think so and admittedly struggles to read English but he can follow on his Chinese bible and contribute verbally, so everyone was delighted to see him and it was good for him to make some new friends as life can be a little isolated for Ashun with so few from his part of the world on the ET …
There were eight in all at the study and, as they don’t mess around in SA, the group have been studying Revelation no less! So we looked at the chapters on the seven churches and the history and message for today from it, a good study …
We particularly dwelt on – Revelation 3:20“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Reminding ourselves that although this is mostly used as a gospel verse to unbelievers to allow Jesus into their lives, it is in fact spoken to us children of God – much reflection followed …
I did manage to meet up with Jake Roos who was one of those who missed out in the PQ, he was at the course on Wednesday morning before driving home (14 hours) to Cape Town, so we had a profitable 1 – 1 time .. .
This brings an end to the SA and ‘long haul’ part of the season, four events this time around my schedule is set for the rest of the year … I greatly appreciate that many of you ask for this so as to be able to pray ahead ..
I continue on “together with the prayers of God’s people ..” Revelation 8:4 and in His grace and power ….
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,
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!
Alfred Dunhill, Leopard Creek – Malalane – South Africa
Nov 28 to Dec 05, 2016
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
“ .. They bowed down and worshipped him …”
Alliance at Prestwick St. Nicholas – 15th November 2016
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, PGA Professional and Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
Dundonald Links named as 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open venue
Aberdeen Asset Management
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, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador and PGA Professional playing on the Tartan Tour
to contact Vincent email email@example.com
After the two-week break, for the American swing, from Europe it was back to butts with the Tour players looking to earn and bring home the bacon from the sunny and sizzling hot Danish Open (you may freely groan at the pun, I did)
It was good too meet up with Hennie who has been away since June and also Jake again …. They were both in good tune and there was the ongoing journey with Mark who is caddying for Jake, good chats there! I also came across the a couple whom I’ve mentioned before often, although not for a while due to golfer not having his Tour card this year, so it was terrific to see them again …
BUT … The overriding topic was the sudden passing of Brian McFeat who had caddied for twenty odd years on tour and then been responsible for the ‘Bag-run’ a role that meant he would transport the players golf bags from one event to the next, saving players the expense of excess baggage and the inconvenience whilst being an alternative form of employment for him, Brian had been filling this role for the last 7-8 years since finishing caddying ..
Sadly he died in his sleep a week ago, and at the event there was a minutes silence at the course during the first round at 12am on Thursday …
Death often brings one to a stop, and needless to say I had a few conversations about Brian with those whom he had known for many years and who knew him as a long term friend the large as life character he was …
The often used statement from those I talked to was; “it was a good way to go” alluding to dying in his sleep, which is a bit of a throw away line, and when those who put this forward add that they’d like to go that way, [the people who say this know that they don’t, in their hearts, mean it] I’m then moved to interject with a, “it’s not how you die, it’s where you’re going” The responses to my riposte were interesting;
“What do you mean, so you think he wasn’t going to Heaven?”
“What do you mean, so you think I’m not going to Heaven?
Silence; as they deliberated on their comment …
“There isn’t anything after death”
And other variations …
As we know it is written;
Hebrews 9:27 “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”
Physical death does not end conscious existence. There is an “after that”
I always find it interesting how people deflect the stark reality and certainty of death with platitudes such as I’ve mentioned, whilst they are clearly feeling the pain of loss as many on the tour were …. I had and will have opportunities over the coming weeks for more discussions involving Brian’s passing …
The minutes silence gives everyone a chance for reflection, but what is a minute compared to eternity?
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplin to the European Tourkr@logosgolfministries.com
Kerr Investments 36 Hole Pro-Am Qualifying – Dumfries & Galloway 12th August 2015
It was an early start to this day as I was teeing off at 8am, so the alarm had to be set for 5.30am to make sure I got there with time to spare. Not much traffic on the roads due to the early start so a fairly easy journey and not many hold ups on the last half hour of country road. I had not been to Dumfries for at least 10 years so I was a bit sketchy of remembering exactly where the course was but I followed my instincts and the main road through the town which led me straight to it.
On arrival I bumped into a professional who I played with at the Northern Open. He was telling me how drained he felt as he had been playing quite a lot over the last few weeks and was looking forward to a break. It was good to catch up with him again and he was out right behind me so we spent a bit of time on the putting green together with general chit chat before playing and he was waiting as I was announced on the tee, so hopefully the Logos announcement had reminded him of what we had spoken about at Cruden Bay.
I was paired with a young local assistant. Right away we got chatting up the 1st Fairway and I was able to explain to him what Logos Golf Ministries was about before we finished the 2nd hole. His reaction was “Oh, right” and that was about it. He was very young and I think he was more concerned about his golf, but I understood that as I remember being that age when Christianity would be the last thing I wanted to talk about and that’s the impression I got from him. He played very well and apart from a couple of silly errors he struck me as a young player with a lot of potential and generally a nice lad. I wish him well in his career.
As I finished the round and handed my card in, I saw the professional (mentioned earlier) again as he was coming off the 18th. He was telling me how well he had played despite a couple of double bogeys to card a 72, which would almost guarantee him of qualifying. I congratulated him on qualifying and said I thought I was 1 shot too many with 75 to which he said “You should just get in with that, I hope you do anyway mate”. It was nice of him to say that and it was good to get an opportunity to cultivate this relationship again. No doubt we will bump into each other again and I pray more will come from it. (I was right though, 75 ended up being 1 shot too many!)
Driving home from these events gives me time to think and take stock from the day and I know God is at work taking the ministry forward step by step. Much more people in Scotland are now aware of Logos Golf Ministries and this is only the beginning of what God is going to do here. As we approach the last leg of the season I am excited to see what will happen before the year end as I anticipate some of the seeds that have been sown developing. Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for Gods will to come to fruition over the coming months for those he has chosen.
The 36 Hole Pro-am at Deer Park is a very well organized event and with over 100 teams involved it has to be. With a morning and afternoon shotgun start for both days, it is vital all groups keep moving and sometimes it can be more difficult than others depending on the standard of golfer. This Pro-am can have golfers who are not very experienced taking part and it is up to us as the Professionals to dictate the pace of play for the fourball. Patience and understanding is needed in great abundance but then again there are times when honesty is best.
On the 14th tee at the start of my first round, I met my team of Mike, Tom and Derek. Both Mike and Tom had not played for a while but Derek seemed to be the more experienced golfer of the group. As this was a shotgun event there is no announcing on the tee so the Pro’s take it on themselves to keep the team right with rules and format. I was able to explain to the group before we teed off about my role with logos and it was reinforced due to my logos logo ball! As the horn sounded the guys got ready to play and I watched as both Mike & Tom nearly missed there ball on the first swing. I know they said they had not played in a while but I was beginning to question exactly how long it had been. Most of the first few holes were spent trying to help the guys as much as I could but it got to the stage where I had to set a limit on the shot count as we were already falling behind the group in front. We then started to make up some ground and enjoy the day a bit better. I was waiting on some further discussion from the guys regarding my role and personal life but it never really transpired. Even after the round was over, Mike left straight away and Tom & Derek seemed to go missing for a half hour so found myself eating on my own when my colleagues came and sat beside me and we exchanged the usual pleasantries. With a score of 4 over (14 pars & 4 bogeys) and how the day had went, I was just looking forward to the next day and what lay ahead…
Back to the 14th tee for a 9am tee on day 2 and my team of Andrew, Jim and Alan were slightly more experienced than on Day 1. Andrew was a former Club Champion of Deer Park so it was good to have someone who knew the course well. Again, I was able to use my logo ball as a route to Logos and this was a conversation starter during our walk up our first hole. They guys were keen to know what else I was involved in and I shared my story regarding our foster children to which Alan commented that the life I had chosen must not be easy but he admired anyone who goes down that road. At first I thought he just meant it in regards to the children, but in some way I think he also meant the ministry. The round today definitely felt more relaxed than the previous day and I feel that a couple of relationships have been cultivated. We all ate together and chatted quite freely about many things. It is so easy to say that not much happened at this event but to quote Keith McIntosh, “More people know about logos today than they did yesterday”.
I am constantly reminded that being a Christian is not just about quoting verses or telling people about Christ. We are called to be like him and demonstrate our faith by our actions and how we treat others. I know I need to improve in that area and I urge all of us to do the same by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in our attitudes towards others even when we think things aren’t going the way they should.
(For those of you were wondering Day 2 score was 4 over again, 14 pars & 4 bogeys – what are the odds of the exact same card!!!)
In His Service,
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries, PGA Professional, on the Tartan Tour