After a little mystery tour of the Scottish Borders, I finally found West Linton Golf Club which I had never played but only heard about. I was slightly apprehensive of playing the course ‘blind’ but it was not practical to get a practice round over the past few weeks and I just had to get on with it.
I was playing my first round with Robert and Jordan. I always like it when the club starter asks about Logos as they need to announce this on the tee and normally the first thing is to get the pronunciation right. This always leads to a question that gives me a chance to explain and the 1st tee is as good a place as any. I even got to talk a bit about the Pro-am and he asked me how much it was for a team so possibly another booking to add to the growing list.
We all got off to a good start and it was a very comfortable group. Jordan was asking me about my conversations over the past years and had mentioned that his dad read some of my reports. He asked me about sharing my faith and I explained that I am more than happy talking about it but it has to be in the right way and unless someone asks me about it I won’t force it as we have to be very careful these days not to say the wrong thing, especially with the PGA. He seemed very interested in the ministry and I was happy to offer him a spot as one of the professionals to come along to Archerfield. Robert didn’t ask too much more about the ministry but I know after the Pro-Am this will change for a few of the guys.
We all got pretty wet due to some strong winds and showers but over the whole managed to get it round in a fairly respectable score despite the conditions. I hate 3 putting any green and to do it on the last 2 holes for 73 was disappointing despite the birdie putts being extremely difficult. Some positives to take home and a target of beating my first round score for day 2.
I was paired with Stuart and Michael for my second round and although I had never met Stuart before, Michael and I knew each other from last year. Michael has never really asked much about the ministry and there was not much change this time either, however Stuart commented during the front 9 that I would have to explain Logos to him as he had never heard of it before. A really good chat which linked in with the Pro-Am and he seemed interested that we had grown our event since last year. I explained we would like to have a few events over the country to which he said he tried to get a couple of events going where he is up north and its becoming harder all the time. A possible opportunity up North which would link in with the vision of East, West and North Events? Praying on. Something amusing to share was when Stuart hit his tee shot on the last and the ball ended up on the other side of the green after a very good shot into the heart of the green. His comment was, ‘Jesus Christ’ and then he turned to me and said, ‘Oh I’m sorry, didn’t mean to offend you’. I wasn’t offended but appreciated the thought.
Despite staying a bit drier today the conditions were still wet and windy and it felt more difficult to score. I was hoping for at least a 70 or 71 but had to settle for another 73, this time though holing a 5 footer to prevent another 3 putt at the last. It is such a sloping tricky green for those who don’t know it.
I suppose a fair result from West Linton but will work on my lower body movement over the next couple of weeks as I felt a bit static towards the end of the second round with it. There is always something to work on. Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the Logos Pro-Am at Archerfield.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org