Easter Moffat Pro-Am & Douglas Park Pro-Am (13th & 18th August 2016)
With two events on last week I have included both into this report as both have a similar theme and I got the answer I was looking for yesterday in Edinburgh walking down Princes Street believe it or not. We’ll get to that, but first a journey just 15 minutes down the road to Airdrie and Easter Moffat Golf Club.
I have always enjoyed playing this course for many years as it is not a long track but very tricky with fast sloping plateau greens. A very old castle-like clubhouse greets you after a winding country road from the main street and you could be forgiven for thinking you were miles out in the country instead of Airdrie. My team were Paul, Martin and Stephen who were all members of the course and had qualified to play in the Pro-Am. As we got going up the hill which is the 1st hole, I got the opportunity to speak to the boys about my role as they wanted to know what course I played at due to my attachment to Logos. Paul commented that it was a ‘good cause’ and that was about it until we reached the 12th hole. It seemed that the guys were not really that interested in going much further in the conversation which in some cases there is nothing you can do but continue with the game and be patient. Later on in the round Paul had commented that he used to play football professionally and still enjoys going to see the odd game but has never understood the whole bigotry aspect, especially when it comes to Rangers and Celtic. I agreed that so many of these supporters who make sectarian comments are misled and they really have no idea why they believe what they believe and the reasons for it. This is the big difference between religion and faith and Paul agreed with me that human beings have a habit of taking faith and twisting it into something nasty that was never supposed to be like that. We see it so much in the world over and sadly that is when faith turns more into religion.
There wasn’t much more said after that and even after the game we had a very quick dinner and exchanged the usual pleasantries. After saying our goodbyes I was not quite sure what to take from the day but I suppose any conversation regarding the ministry is something. On to Douglas Park a few days later and hopefully more to say.
No matter how many times I have played at Douglas Park I still struggle with the thought of the opening tee-shot due to the railway line running all the way down the left side of the fairway. I hit a decent shot down the middle of the fairway as I have done for the past few years and I don’t know what all the fuss was about (I’ll still feel the same next year probably!). My playing partners today were Keith, Gavin and David who all worked for the main sponsor of the event DM Hall. Again we all got chatting early about my attachment and I was able to speak to all he guys over the first two holes regarding my faith and how my life has changed over the past few years. I really was expecting this to go further today after a really encouraging start but I was surprised that after the 3rd hole the guys didn’t bring it up again and the focus definitely became more towards the golf for them. We did have a good day with each other and played reasonably well but I did get the feeling that they had found out enough about my role and that was that. We had a good finish to the round but missed out on the prizes due to a few poor holes early on by the team as a whole.
As we sat at dinner the guys thought I had played exceptionally well whereas I thought I had just played ok with a few shots being left out there. Was this another case of seeing things from a more pessimistic view or just not really appreciating that everyone sees things differently? I hope to see the guys again if I play next year and Gavin was kind enough to give me his card if I needed him to sort me out with a home report at a reduced price. I think I mentioned to him I was selling our old apartment we used to stay in at the end of the year.
I mentioned at the start I got the answer I was looking for in Edinburgh yesterday as my wife and I were visiting the city for the Fringe. As we walked down from Waverley Station along Princes Street, we saw a man wearing a brown leather jacket which was embroidered with JESUS SAVES and you could read it from 50 yards away. He was standing on the corner shouting the gospel and at first we thought nobody is listening to this man. So many people were just walking by without giving him a second glance and it seemed as though he was wasting his time. It was then that it began to make sense and I realized someone in that street will have listened to that man. I was listening to that man! I had so much respect for him that he could stand there and shout even though it seemed useless, and although I would struggle to share my faith in that way, that was his way of sharing. Everyone has different ways to share because we are all different and although we may not always agree on how to share or see anything from it, someone will listen. We just need to keep sharing.
Please pray for those mentioned in this report,
In his service,
Vincent Brown Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also have a look at the up and coming Scottish Golf Event at Prestwick St Nicholas on Friday October 7th and contact Vincent if you wish to play.