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Logos Ireland National Golf Day Portstewart GC June 16

Logos Ireland National Golf Day Portstewart GC June 16

We had a super turnout of over 30 at this year’s event and there were a number of non-believers who had been brought along by Christian golfers, which is terrific. There was a super opening to do the talk at the end with several new faces there. A good time!

There are times when God surprises us! Out of the blue I received a phone call from Roy, a club pro in Belfast, whom I had never met, but of course knew of. Roy had been in touch with Graham Daniels from Christians in Sport at his church when they had been having a CiS day, and he rang me up and came along to Portstewart. So we had a long chat and we have discovered another believer in the pro golf ranks. Hallelujah!

Next Week; BMW International in Munich

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour. Catch Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

PGA Club Pros’ Championship Dublin June 12-13

PGA Club Pros’ Championship, Luttrellstown Golf Club, near Dublin June 12-13

Whilst this is simply an event where I take part in the survey, it’s one of the few tournaments outside the European tour SMS venture into. Over the last eight years there have been several players who have ‘come down’ from the ET and are now working as PGA club pros and playing in one of the seven regions in the British Isles. So it is good to come across them at this event and renew some previous friendships.

At this season’s tourney my focus was more on who was alongside me on the survey. In the evening I had the opportunity presented to give my testimony to them and tell them all about Logos. They asked questions and got full answers. They were also aware of the other believers on Tour. A good opportunity and as we know we have to ‘make the most of …’ from Colossians 4:5 ….

 

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour
catch Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

 

Scandinavian Masters Barseback GC Malmo Sweden May 30 – June 01

Scandinavian Masters Barseback GC, Malmo, Sweden May 30 – June 01

I’ve often mentioned that some of the best contact times are when the other person can’t escape; shuttle bus, courtesy car, when taking refuge from bad weather … this week these came together on four separate occasions.

When leaving Copenhagen airport we had a 30-minute courtesy car run to the course and I spent that time chatting to a caddie from Stirling who has been on the Tour for five years. Then the gale force conditions on Wednesday gave two 3/4 hour chats with two caddies who between them have mustered 58 years on the Tour.

The shuttle bus took half an hour and one of those journeys was spent beside a player from Wales, who has in my time on Tour been back and forth on the EuroPro, Challenge and main circuits – he has ground it out and is still going.

The common thread during these four chats was how aware they all were of; my role on Tour [other than the survey], the amount of believers from South Africa and who they are, the Bible studies we hold and that life in general has more to offer than what they have … How right they are – four super conversations …. When people are on their own it’s amazing just how more open they are to talk as opposed to when in a group where their thoughts and words are guarded.

I also met up with an Asian player, and the only other believer there this week I was aware of …. Always good to get together on a 1 – 1 at these events, and his English is so good I can easily understand him, but not sure if it works the other way round?!

One other interesting and encouraging happening this week was through the social medium of What’s App. You’ll all be aware of a SA caddie who got saved over two years ago and is presently carrying for a player in Asia .. We keep in touch regularly by What’s App and he sent a message saying that his player was treating him badly on the course at this week’s tournament and he was ready to give it up … exact quote ‘I need advice I am really down’ so it was a joy to reply to him and the final sign off from him was ‘thanks, feeling much better now’ – I know social media can get a rough press but there are times when it is positive and when you can communicate instantly with someone in Japan!

Mind boggling  …

Upcoming event; Club Pros’ Championship in Dublin – This isn’t really a Logos event but over the years when I have helped out with the survey at it, there has been an increasing number of players taking part whom I have come across on the Challenge and ET, with life on the circuit being so competitive then not everyone can stay in the top hundred or so and around 20 players will be in Dublin who now ply their trade at PGA club level – so we’ll see who the Spirit brings me across this coming week …

Colossians 4:5-6

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

 

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour
catch Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

BMW PGA Championship Wentworth – May 24th & 25th 2017

BMW PGA Championship Wentworth – May 24th & 25th 2017

I have often said of this event – which has become bigger and bigger over the years and is now worth a whopping €7 million –  it can be something of a circus where doing any Logos-ing is lost in amongst the razzmatazz of all that goes on around the tournament.

I have to say that this time around, due to the Christians in Sport/Logos situation there were some meaningful meetings with those involved in this,  which included SMS inc who have linked in with Logos these last eight years. Doubtless there will be a transition which shall be full of trials and errors, teasing out things and much prayer.

An old friend was there this week and had one of his chronological questions about how Herod seemed to have been in two or three places at one time in the gospels. Having explained to him that it is a title, opposed to just one persons name, he has gone away to read the passage where this ‘anomaly’ appeared,  so we’ll await him next time around.

I did meet up with the two believers in the field there; Hennie who is playing on a medical exemption which gives him eleven starts only this season – He continues to work with the Living Ball Foundation in SA and other parts of Africa, a charity to kids, God moved him and others to start.  Dean Burmeister brought his young family with him this week from SA, and he is looking forward to some good results through the summer.  Both are well and enjoying God.

With the Manchester bombing happening this week, this was a topic of conversation which brought lots of opinions and evoked emotional responses. A photographer, several of the journalists in the media centre, caddies/players galore and and the Tour marked this with a minutes silence and the wearing of black ribbons and in the end I reminded all who proffered remedies for the perpetrators that;

“ .. each of us will give an account of himself to God.”  Romans 14:12

Next week; the Scandinavian Masters in Malmo Sweden …

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour
catch Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

Portugal Open @ Morgado GC Portimao May 09 – 12, 2017

Portugese Open May 2017
Portugal Open @ Morgado GC Portimao May 09 – 12, 2017

 

This event is one of the co-sanctioned tournaments where half the field come from the main Tour and the other from the Challenge Tour so it has a big incentive for the winner of a two season exemption and many will fancy their chances for it is, in the context of the Tour, a weaker field than normal …Weaker, at their level, being a relative term!

This is always an event where I catch up with many players/caddies who have been on the main stage and are now back in division two [Challenge Tour] and such was the way this week … A few Nth Ireland folks were around;

A caddie from Antrim whom I came across in South Africa earlier in the winter and have met up with since when at home … He is not going to continue caddying as with a ten year old daughter reckons he needs to be at home … he attends Catholic mass regularly and it has been good to talk to him about Jesus …

The coach from Greenacres whom I have come across over the last few years as he coached, one or two other Irish players but is now based at home …. He was out caddying/coaching this week with a young pro from Moyola Park, who is on his second season in the pro ranks – interestingly I did some coaching with this pro when he was in first and second year at Magherafelt High school, when he was starting out in golf …

It was good to catch up with them and one or two others that I haven’t seen for a while – although in all it was a fairly quiet week, with no official hotel or transport everything and everyone was rather spread out around Portimao and beyond …

Please continue to pray for the SA caddie, he is in Asia this season caddying and currently in Japan for four weeks .. I am in touch with him regularly and as you can imaging life is a little isolated for him in this part of the world …

As a reminder; this Thursday [18th] I’m meeting up with the Christians in Sport people who are taking over Logos from the 1st of June … Some prayer needed there!

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:21

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour
catch Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

 

 

Hassan II Trophy Dar Es Salam GC Rabat Morocco April 11-14, 2017

Hassan II Trophy Dar Es Salam GC Rabat Morocco April 11-14, 2017

Morocco Paul Dunne 2017

The European Tour has almost reached Europe now, just a ferry ride across to Spain …

Two of our SA Christians were in the field; Hennie Otto, who is playing on a medical exemption this season which restricts him to 11 starts only, although he gets to choose which events and also our recent Tshwane Open winner, Dean Burmeister ..

With Dean in the Pro-Am, Hennie and I met up and then I got together with Dean separately … Hennie is in the midst of moving house and is deeply involved in his home town of George with the building of an extension to his church which is aimed at accommodating the youth of the town – He is clearly moving in the direction of getting more involved, through the Spirit’s leading, in a ‘full-time’ way with his local church ….

This is Dean’s first full year on the tour and with his win in SA he has a three season exemption so is able to pick and choose his schedule, which when so far from home [and with a new baby] is very handy …He is looking forward to the unknown challenges ahead and relying on God, who better …

The highlight of the week was a long chat at the course with Jason, a caddie I’ve mentioned before, he was saying that’d he’d been home over Christmas in New Zealand for the first time in nine years and the family got together for three ‘unveilings’ – thought I’d stop him there and find out what that was …His Maori tribal traditions take to do with a ‘triangle’ of physical, mental and spiritual and that there is no separation of these and the unveiling on the first year anniversary of a persons death allows their spirit to merge in the ‘triangle’ – they have several gods; nature, sea, land, animals etc … and these lines mustn’t be broken and all must be respected …

Where is Jesus, faith  and the cross in this I asked?  Nowhere apparently, all is a fairy story and at best the bible is flawed! According to Jason …

Psalm 18:30

‘As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.’

I wonder who is right, Jason or God? It is incredibly sad to see someone who is utterly convinced that they are 100% right when they are 100% wrong …

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Next event is the Portugal Open, and Faro is an even shorter ferry ride away than Spain …

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

to contact Ken by email kr@logosgolfminstires.com

 

 

Tshwane Open Pretoria CC Sth Africa February 27 – March 04, 2017

Tshwane Open Pretoria CC Sth Africa February 27 – March 04, 2017

tshwani open

After a week of ‘British’ weather that reduced last weeks event to three rounds, upset every timetable and filled the reservoirs of SA to overflowing, things were back closer to the norm with the Pretoria tournament where the sun shone and the heat returned ….

We were able to plan for a bible study on the Wednesday, things have progressed from 7am starts to 8am and now it’s 1pm – good sense prevailing … sadly three of the players and two caddies who’d usually come along missed getting into the Tshwane Open as they failed to qualify from the Tuesday Pre-Qualifier so they weren’t around on Wednesday …

I had managed to meet up with our believing Chinese friend Ashun Wu on Tuesday and it was great to see him come along to the Bible Study …. his English is very good, he doesn’t think so and admittedly struggles to read English but he can follow on his Chinese bible and contribute verbally, so everyone was delighted to see him and it was good for him to make some new friends as life can be a little isolated for Ashun with so few from his part of the world on the ET …

There were eight in all at the study and, as they don’t mess around in SA, the group have been studying Revelation no less!  So we looked at the chapters on the seven churches and the history and message for today from it, a good study …

We particularly dwelt on –
Revelation 3:20“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

Reminding ourselves that although this is mostly used as a gospel verse to unbelievers to allow Jesus into their lives, it is in fact spoken to us children of God – much reflection followed …

I did manage to meet up with Jake Roos who was one of those who missed out in the PQ, he was at the course on Wednesday morning before driving home (14 hours) to Cape Town, so we had a profitable 1 – 1 time .. .

This brings an end to the SA and ‘long haul’ part of the season, four events this time around my schedule is set for the rest of the year … I greatly appreciate that many of you ask for this so as to be able to pray ahead ..

I continue on “together with the prayers of God’s people ..” Revelation 8:4 and in His grace and power ….

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

Ken Revie,
Logos Golf Ministries, Chaplain to the European Tour
to contact Ken email kr@logosgolfministries.com

 

Johannesburg Open @ Gauteng South Africa February 20-26, 2016

 

royal kennsington golf club sa

Johannesburg Open @ Gauteng South Africa February 20-26, 2016

You’ll know the saying that some things come back to bite you, well … my comments that I was being made to go to SA and face sunshine and 30-odd degree temperatures, came back to bite and then some … There was rain, rain, thunderstorms and then more rain … you’ll get the idea; the players were on the course, back, out again times beyond counting ….

These conditions have good and bad points for me; it does mean that we can’t arrange a Bible Study as those who were pre-qualifying missed their intended day, and with the course being unplayable on Monday and Tuesday the players needed to practice as much as they could Wednesday [and this is a two course event] so all is tricky to put it mildly …. The good point; due to rain the players/caddies were in the clubhouse much more than normal so I was able make contact with them coming to me rather me wandering around looking for opportunities …

I was able too meet up 1 – 1 with; Mike Vlismas [media], Alex our new born caddie, Peter Karmis [player and Greek bible scholar] … and there was of course our old friend Reggie who was his usual bullish self with his desire for facts, times and visible proof … reminded me of Titus Ch 3 V 9,
‘But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.’

Another player I came across for the first time was, Ryan Fox [NZ] whose wife helps out with the survey >>> He was trapped beside me in the shuttle from the course to the hotel and so it was good to chat to him for the 25 minute journey …Also player Rob Dinwiddie with whom I had a similar chat in another shuttle ride, do put them on your prayer list …

You’ll also be aware of the saying that it is a small world, and on Sunday I had the opportunity to do a 10 minute interview on my Logos role at the church of Danny Marshall, whose family belong to my home church High Kirk in Ballymena, here in Joburg then spend the afternoon with him, his wife and new baby daughter and enjoy Sunday lunch with them …

Off to the Tshwane Open this coming week in Pretoria, where I hear the sun may well come out … Lotion at the ready!

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

Ken Revie,
Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour
contact Ken by email: kr@logosgolfministries.com

Alfred Dunhill | South Africa | Nov 28 to Dec 05, 2016

Alfred Dunhill, Leopard Creek – Malalane – South Africa
Nov 28 to Dec 05, 2016

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This is my final event of 2016, although the opening one for the 2017 season .. The Tour ends one week then starts anew the next, they have managed to arrange an ‘off-season’ for four weeks through to January 9 when it goes back to South Africa for the SA Open where another Norn Iron golfer, who isn’t as famous as me, is making an appearance, when the deal done between Ernie Els and Rory, you play in my event, Irish Open, and I’ll play in yours, SA Open, is repaid …

A good week in South Africa with so many believers around and we had our bible study on Wednesday at 8am, an hour later now, some sense is eking in, and we had half a dozen there .. As well as that I was able to meet up with two Christian players; Peter Karmis who is always a joy to talk, with being from Greece, although a he’s lived in SA almost all his life, he is keen to read the bible in the King James Version and Greek at the same time … Great!

Andrew Georgiou tends to organise the studies and he brought along some of the people he was staying with, most players are hosted for the week, and it was good to spend an extra hour with him also …

As always I had my Saturday morning 1-1 with Mike from the media and we dwelt on the passage that mentions how the Devil prowls around like a roaring looking for someone to devour, the analogy is particularly apt for the part of the world we were in …

Alex our recently saved South African caddie was as large as life as always and is constantly seeking to see to whom God is leading him to caddy for, so he’s off to Hong Kong this week with Shaun Norris ….

Very interesting discovery; I was aware last year that the greenkeeper from Massereene GC (10 miles from my home town of Ballymena) had given up his job to caddie for Chris Selfridge on the Challenge Tour … With Chris still on that tour for next season, Gavin McCreadie, said caddie, has taken up the job for this coming season with someone you may remember from the past, Steve Tiley, on the European Tour … I came across Gavin on Tuesday at the range and he introduced himself and told me the above story, he also told me that Steve had mentioned I was on this Tour and that Gavin as a believer should get in touch!!?? Now there’s a turn around and turn up. So I had a long chat with Gavin and needless to will be able to keep touch with him even when away from the Tour venues …

You’ll never guess who has returned to caddie this season for Darren Clarke, right first time, the famed Reggie …. Back as large as life and as friendly and ready to ‘discuss’ as ever, there won’t be a dull moment this coming year ….

As ever many thanks to you all who take the time to encourage by; personal contact, email, Facebook, What’s App etc … Really appreciated ….

Have a Christ filled and honouring Christmas and 2017

Matthew 2:11
“ .. They bowed down and worshipped him …”

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

 

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour
Contact Ken by email kr@logosgolfministries.com

British Masters | The Grove London | October 11 – 13, 2016

British Masters at The Grove London October 11 – 13, 2016

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This is fast becoming a rival to the PGA Championship at Wentworth and The Open for razzmatazz with Sky Sports as its ambassador who give 20000 free tickets on ‘Sky Day Thursday’ and have all sorts of player/celebrity whooplah on a daily basis and ten hour uninterrupted TV coverage each day … Strangely they didn’t interview me?!

A good week where I met up on one-to-one with;
Ashun Wu; this is his final event in Europe and he’s found it a bit tricky and is glad to be going back to China as it is a little ‘foreign’ to him here, with all the unusual food? As always he was genuine and forthcoming and looking forward to getting back to his family and their family church in Shanghai …

Ben Hayden; who works at the European Tour offices in Wentworth and he and I manage to catch up with when he is at some of the British events … Ben was back from three weeks at the Ryder Cup and as ever we had an in depth talk about matters spiritual and how we should be seen as distinctive in our walk with God ….

I also came across on the range Mike Walker (coach to Danny Willett among others) whom you’ll recall I’ve had a few chats with and he is always probing and his angle this time was ‘Is what you do really a psychology role making players feel better?’ So a good chat ensued about the mind on a human level and the ‘mind of Christ’ 1 Corinthians 2:16 … Do put Mike on your prayer list as he knows about the Way, but doesn’t know Him as yet …

At this event I always come across our old friend Mark Pinney who lives close by, and I had the pleasure of a two night stay with his family and much appreciated their kind hospitality …

As the 2016 season nears its end, mind you the final tournament is week beginning November 21 and the 2017 starts week beginning November 28, not a long off-season? Just to say how much I appreciate all your prayers, emails of encouragement and support throughout the year …

Yours thankfully

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries
Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

Ken  Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European PGA Golf Tour
to email Ken, kr@logosgolfministries.com

1 Corinthians 2:16
“For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.