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SPANISH LADIES OPEN – SEPTEMBER 2017

The Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana Femenino – Real Club de Golf Guadalmina – 21st – 24th September 2017

This week I travelled to Spain representing Logos Golf Ministries to support the Christians on the Ladies European Tour.

Time was spent connecting with players, caddies, tour staff, families and friends of players. Many conversations were started on the grounds of why I was at the tournament, which gave me the opportunity to explain my presence on the tour– interesting conversations followed about faith and belief in God after my role was explained.

A parent of a player who I had played with in May in a golf event came and spoke to me as he was caddying for his other daughter in Spain. He had a heavy heart as the daughter who I had played with had been involved in a car crash and suffered a stroke. She is only 19 years old and a very good golfer. He showed me all the photos of her in hospital learning to walk again and I was there just to listen and share his grief.

He asked me why I was in Spain so I explained and asked if it was ok that I prayed for and he said please do. I also offered to go and visit her but he had to go to the tee quickly so we could not exchange contact details.

I was able to connect with two Christian players and we had a Bible study on the Friday evening together. We studied from a book called The Life of Jesus focusing on the chapter called “the story that can change your life.” We looked at the four gospels but particularly at John 20:30-31 and the verses that begin ”these things are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, then by believing, you can have life through his name”.

It was an encouraging time of fellowship as we prayed for each other to be bold in sharing our faith to those on tour. We prayed that others would be interested in coming to the Bible studies and that God would go before us in raising others up for Christ. We also prayed for one of the player’s families as none of them believe in God but have been to church with her in America.

It was a really encouraging time as both players are strong believers. One is a fairly new believer who is particularly on fire for God. I encouraged them to keep praying for the tour and for us all to stand firm in our faith going forward.

I had some more time watching them both play and encouraging them with their golf and faith. I got the opportunity to sit down with the other Christian player and have some one on one time with her.  I prayed with her and gave her some scriptures to meditate on to assist her in understanding fully her identity in Christ rather than having her identity in her sports performance.

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Alison Nicholas

Douglas Park Pro-Am – August 2017

Douglas Park Golf Club hosts one of the few Pro-Ams that I always play in each year due to where it is and there is always a healthy support for this Pro-Am, meaning plenty of Professionals required for it. After the weather of the previous 2 days I was not even sure if the event would go ahead but no messages from the PGA that morning so business as usual.

On arrival I made my way to the practice putting green to find a very wet and spongy surface which was not great to putt on. The alarm bells were going off already and I could see a number of puddles down the 1st and 18th holes. The course was probably borderline for playing and if this had been a Saturday medal I’m sure it would not have gone ahead. The problem the officials have in these circumstances is that a lot of money and planning goes into organizing a Pro-Am, so unless there are rivers running down the fairways and lakes on the greens they will always try and go ahead. The alternative is to rearrange for another day which is very hard to do at this stage in the year.

None of my playing partners had played the course before. As we walked down the 1st hole I got chatting to one of them about my role with the ministry as he asked what club I was at due to the announcement on the tee of my attachment. Its always good to get in there early and I got to give him a fairly comprehensive explanation before we finished the hole. I also had a moment with another partner around the 5th hole where he asked, “So what’s Logos Ministries then?”. He had obviously been thinking about it for a bit and then felt he had to ask, so this was another good chat which lasted for the duration of the hole. He thought it was good idea to have something like that on the tartan tour and was quite impressed we have got an event on the calendar. As usual this year, the weather changed from being fairly calm to being wet and windy. It was a tough slog for the back 9 with the course playing it’s full length, and Douglas Park’s greens are difficult enough when dry never mind being spongy with the amount of rain they had taken over the past days. All the scores that day were quite high due to this and definitely added to an ‘off’ day for me.

On completion of our round we headed to the lounge for dinner and we sat and had a good chat about various things from the Ministry to Golf Equipment. Despite the round falling short of all our expectations we thoroughly enjoyed each others company and will try too keep in touch. One of my partners, being an retired golf club maker, has even offered to meet up with me before next season to have a look at my equipment so that he can assure me of the shafts being ‘pured’ and balanced. Without getting into the science too much this is a great offer even with a new set of clubs and I will definitely meet with him over a few holes at some point before the end of the season.

Just as I was about to leave I bumped into a fellow Pro and friend  who had finished tied  for 1st place that day. He has struggled recently with his knee and even had surgery on it this year so is only now getting back to playing more. He asked me how things were going and I mentioned to him about the Logos Pro-Am in September. He is going to see if he can bring a team to the event as he would like to attend as one of the Professionals but will see how his knee is holding up. I pray he can make it. Overall, a very encouraging day despite the course conditions and nothing better than a chance meeting. Is there such a thing??

A very quick mention of thanks to my friend Ewan Forgie who invited me to the Grace Church Golf Day at Falkirk Tryst on Friday. This gave a great opportunity for Christians and Non-Christians to play golf with each other and I was especially privileged to share a brief story of my journey after a very enjoyable game and meal. During the day I was able to speak with my playing companion Aidan regarding the Ministry in more detail and we had a really good chat over dinner which I think will result in us meeting up again for a game. A real gentleman and a terrific golfer who along with 80 year old Jimmy was a pleasure to play with. By the way, Jimmy plays off an 8 handicap and still hits it pretty good – incredible.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for future conversations.

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

NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN – AUGUST 2017

Challenge Tour – NI Open Galgorm Castle GC Ballymena Nth Ireland August 7-11

Our Christian caddie from SA was to be in town this week, but I’m afraid that having arrived at Dublin airport and being asked where he was headed and informing said authorities he was going to Northern Ireland, he found out his visa didn’t take him into the United Kingdom …. Had he said, he was staying in the Republic of Ireland, he’d have been okay, but he thought honesty was the best policy …

SAs need several visas; Europe, EU, UK etc and unusually for him, and all SAs, who are well genned up on such matters, he had overlooked some detail this time around …. As it turned out, another friend of ours was at the event and ended up carrying the player’s bag!  So he and I spent some time chatting over the week ….

As I mentioned before, living across the road from Galgorm makes this a very ‘home’ event, which is the answer to most players/caddies queries when they ask why I’m at a Challenge Tour tournament … These days around half the field at CT events have been on the ET for varying lengths of time so there are lots of familiar faces, never mind the host of Ballymena people one comes across every other step in and about the venue …

It was good to have a chat with a player who had a major operation a couple of years ago when going very well on the ET and is now working his way back. It was also good to catch up some familiar faces and others I hadn’t seen for some time. There were lots of soundbite moments this week …

The NI Open is the players’ favourite on the CT, and it is easy to see why, with the effort that goes in to make it a special tournament on the calendar, and that is greatly appreciated by all those taking part

Next Event; Czech Masters in Prague

Proverbs 12:22

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

March Newsletter

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March Newsletter

MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER

Joshua Ch 1 v 9 ‘Be strong and courageous…for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go’
As we face the opportunities and challenges of 2016, we could do little better than to consider the words shown above, spoken by God to Joshua. Joshua was about to lead the Israelite people across the Jordan into the ‘Promised Land’ and Joshua would have gained a huge amount of strength, both physical and spiritual, from the words that God spoke to him at that time.
All of us in the Logos team including our front line chaplains appreciate both the challenge in these words and also the encouragement they contain. As we plan for a new season of activity, the call is for all of us (yes, that also includes you!) to be strong and courageous and to depend entirely on the strength that comes from knowing God’s presence as we serve him wherever we are planted.
Please stand with us as we look to fulfil our mission of ‘taking the Word of God to the world of golf’.

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