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