Scottish PGA Championship Qualifying – Crieff (31/8/16)
It was back to Crieff again for the Scottish PGA Championship Qualifying and a dramatic change in the format meant only 16 qualifiers spaces were up for grabs. This was due to the event being moved to October and only a field of 66 players allowed at Gleneagles. A very small field for this tournament which normally would have 128 players playing, but now a more ‘exclusive’ event.
I was playing with an old acquaintance, Paul Arthur, who I had not seen in over 10 years and when he told me he hadn’t played a competitive game in 7 years I thought he was kidding as the swing hadn’t changed and he could still play just as well as he did back in the day. We teed off quite early so didn’t get held up at all going round and it almost felt like a bounce game instead of a PGA tournament. I had briefly touched upon my attachment on the 1st tee with him and this must have sparked his interest as he brought it up again around the 6th tee which gave me a great opportunity to tell him my own story of how I had ran away from my faith and then embraced it over the recent years culminating in my ambassador role with the ministry. We chatted all the way up the hole and in between shots I emphasised that if anyone wanted to talk to me about Christianity or their faith then I was more than happy to listen and chat but would never force anything onto anyone as that was not how it worked. Paul agreed that was the best way to do it and in today’s political climate we do have to be careful how we say things and not offend anyone. I think he was intrigued how my role worked and was surprised that I was willing to accept a role like that knowing how difficult it would be, but all in all he showed a fair interest and that was positive.
It was a tough day with the wind gusting round the tree line and Paul was playing fairly well, but sadly I really struggled and never really got things going. A combination of the wind and knowing I would probably have to shoot a really low score due to the few qualifying spots left me out of contention after chasing it a bit. I was pleased for Paul though who got into a playoff and managed to get the final spot. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t played much competitively over the years but he always was a consistently solid player and it has not left him.
It now looks like I’ll be playing in the Scottish Alliance Championship at Irvine in October instead of at Gleneagles but I will try again next year as we only fail when we stop trying. My game has been slowly improving due to some extra work I have been putting in over the past month, but like anything else we will always have some steps back before we can really move forward and continuing to learn from these times is the key.
Please pray for those mentioned in this report and also for the growth of the ministry through the events and the conversations to come.
In his service,
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
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