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Logos on Tour at the Seniors, Travis Perkins Masters at Woburn

TRAVIS PERKINS SENIOR MASTERS – WOBURN 2014Colin Montgomerie at Travis Perkins Masters at WoburnWoburn Golf Course

Colin Montgomerie successfully defended his Senior Masters title at the immaculate Woburn Golf Club, destroying the field by 10 clear shots. I’m not one to lavish superlatives on players, but his performance was imperious, leading from start (he birdied his first hole) to finish.

Woburn is a venue that traditionally attracts large crowds – its location in the Home Counties is a major factor – and the galleries this year were again big and enthusiastic. The players appreciate the knowledgeable support they get as they look to overcome the considerable challenges offered by the Duke’s course – only 6 of the 72 players broke par.

Many of you receiving my tournament reports have asked how I go about my work as chaplain. Perhaps if I outline my modus operandi at Woburn, it will give you as better understanding:

I arrived on Wednesday pm, the final free practice day. My first port of call was the Championship office to let the officials there know that I’ve arrived. They willingly posted a notice for me on the players’ noticeboard. That afternoon I visited the practice facilities and struck up conversations with a number of players and caddies  – mainly about golf, their form, etc but also to let them know of my general availability. On Wednesday evening I held the Bible study, continuing the series on the ‘I am’ statements of Jesus, and focussing on Him being the Good Shepherd.

Thursday was the day of the Pro-Am, where corporate executives get their opportunity to play with the pros. It’s quite a hectic day with only a few chances to get quality time with individuals. The players ended their day with dinner at Woburn Abbey with the Duke of Bedford – I retreated to my rather modest B&B in Leighton Buzzard!

Friday was the first day of competition, with players teeing off from 8.00am onwards.  I was adjacent to the first tee at 7.45am and then spent the rest of the morning fluctuating from the first tee to the practice putting green. I made a point of being at the first tee to greet those players that I know best (it’s inevitable that I get to chat to some more than others as some are more supportive of my work than others!) and to be visible to them as their round progressed. I left the course to travel home on Friday afternoon.

Please pray for:

 Steve who is on a journey which, God willing, will lead to faith;

 Hendrik who returns to the tour next week in Moscow after being below the qualifying line for a number of weeks;

Steve VV who again misses out and whose future on the Senior Tour becomes increasingly uncertain.

I’m in the process of working out when my next tournament will be – possibly Amsterdam (involving just a day visit) or Nice. Thank you again for your ongoing support.

Allan Gray, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Seniors Tour

www.logosgolfministries.com

Senior Open 2014

Bernhard Langer at the 18th British Seniors Open

 

 

 

 

THE SENIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 ROYAL PORTHCAWL

I must begin by confessing a certain pride that this prestigious Championship was being held in my homeland. The general opinion was that the event was a huge success and no doubt the debate will now gain pace as to whether Porthcawl has the capability of hosting an even bigger tournament in the form of the Open Championship. Everyone was particularly thankful that the weather was so good – in direct contrast to the monsoon conditions that we experienced at the Wales Senior Open at the same venue last year.

By now you will be aware that the incomparable Bernhard Langer destroyed the remainder of the field to win by a record margin. Now here’s a thought, probably from left field, but I just wonder whether Herr Langer could feature in the Ryder Cup as a captain’s pick? Now we all know it won’t happen but he’s certainly a man the USA team would fear, he has a winning mentality, his toughness as a competitor is renowned and of course he’s also in magnificent form. So why not? (Answers on a postcard to Paul McGinley please!!)

From a Logos perspective, the week proved to be a qualified success. It began with a ‘Tales from the Tour’ event where golfers Fred Funk, Anders Forsbrand and Mike Goodes outlined the importance of their Christian faith to an audience of some 130 people who heard the message loud and clear. That same day I witnessed Chris Williams come through final qualifying  but there wasn’t such good news for either Hendrik Buhrmann or Steve Cipa who both made their way home before the main action began.

Attendance at the Wednesday Bible study was somewhat disappointing despite contact being made with the known Christian players and others who might have had some interest in attending. Potentially, we could have seen 15 or so players/caddies there, but the reality was a count of 2 players and 1 caddy. Perhaps the fact that so many players were not staying in Porthcawl itself was something of a hindrance?

My next involvement on the Senior Tour will be at the English Senior Open in Darlington in August – thank you again for your support.

Allan Gray, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain the Senior Tour

Learn more about logos on www.logosgolfministries.com

PGA Seniors Open Bad Ragaz Switzerland

BAD RAGAZ 2014seniors open at bad ragaz 2014 seniors open at bad ragaz 2014-1

Bad Ragaz is a somewhat quirky Swiss town in the eastern part of the country. It is dominated by a street display of modern sculpture and attracts a visiting clientele who show an affinity with that genre. However, for one week each year the town is taken over by the golfing community of the European Senior Tour – perhaps the locals consider the golfers themselves to be rather quirky?!

It was Canadian Rick Gibson who had the honour of hitting the opening shot in the first round and, somewhat unusually, he also had the honour of holing the last and winning putt come Sunday afternoon for a comfortable win in a tournament where he literally led from start to finish.

My involvement was hampered somewhat in as much as two of our regular Christian contingent were missing and so attendance at the Bible study was much reduced. However, a profitable time was had examining Jesus’ claim to be the Bread of Life. One new player on Tour is American Jerry Smith who has shown an interest in attending future studies.

I did have opportunities to strike up meaningful conversations with a number of the players and the accompanying entourage. In particular, one player who is well known to Logos colleagues was staying in the same accommodation as myself and I spoke with him and his wife. it was also good to see the wife of a prominent player joining him on Tour again after a series of operations on her ankle and knee – although wearing a leg brace she was able to walk a few holes in support of her husband. I also had a long conversation with a rather argumentative caddy who rather loudly and angrily berated the Christian faith. Please pray for each of these people.

Both Chris Williams and Hendrik Buhrmann are playing in the US Senior Open which starts this coming Thursday in Oklahoma – please pray for them especially as airline security is being stepped up in the US.

The following week I assist Mark Pinney and Ken Revie at The Open in Hoylake. it’s by far the biggest and highest profile event in the UK golfing calendar and hopefully Christian players will be available for the planned Bible study on the Tuesday evening.

Then attention turns to the Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl and especially the outreach event at the Vale of Glamorgan hotel on Monday July 21 and the Bible study scheduled for the Wednesday evening.

Thank you again for your valued support.

Allan Gray, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the Senior PGA European Tour

Learn more of Logos at www.logosgolfministries.com

ISPS HANDA Senior PGA Championship

ISPS HANDA Senior PGA Championship 5th to 8th June 2014

Des Smyth at Seniors Tour event at Stoke by NaylandSeniors at Stoke by Nayland

Being in the heart of Gainsborough and Constable country, it is quite appropriate that the  courses at Stoke By Nayland, situated between Colchester and Sudbury, are named in honour of those two great artists. It was the undulating Gainsborough that hosted the PGA Senior Championship, involving 150 golfers and the longer 72 hole format. The higher than usual number of players meant that I encountered a sea of relatively new faces although it was comforting to be able to recognise many of the more familiar faces.

To the untrained eye (ie mine) the course appeared in excellent condition, but many of the players thought otherwise and the implementation of ‘Winter rules’ (in June!!) was testimony to the soft underfoot conditions. leadership of the tournament early on was shared between Des Smyth, Mark James and Steen Tinning, but it was Spaniard Santiago Luna who eventually took the top prize.

The Bible study was held in the hotel lounge – 3 of the players were able to attend. We began a new series focussing on the ‘I am’ claims of Jesus as recorded in John’s gospel, looking at the conversation that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman in which He declared himself to be the Messiah. We examined the significance of Jesus the anointed one being prophet, priest and king. Please pray that the players (and indeed myself) might have a deeper appreciation of who Jesus is.

Other matters for prayer please:

1          There are fewer events on the 2014 Senior Tour. This is causing those players who           travel the longest distances to be particularly concerned about their ability to cover their travel expenses.

2          Steve Van Vuuren, who is a regular faithful attendee at the study times, finds himself      lower down the pecking order for entry into tournaments (he missed out by one     place last week) and is considering his future participation on the Tour.

3          Hendrik Buhrmann missed the cut last week and so also missed out on any earnings.

4          Steve Cipa continues to attend – his son was caddying last week and I managed a             short chat with him.

My next visit takes me to Bad Ragaz in Switzerland and I’ll report back after that event.

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Allan Gray, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the Senior Tour

www.logosgolfministries.com