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NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN – AUGUST 2017

Challenge Tour – NI Open Galgorm Castle GC Ballymena Nth Ireland August 7-11

Our Christian caddie from SA was to be in town this week, but I’m afraid that having arrived at Dublin airport and being asked where he was headed and informing said authorities he was going to Northern Ireland, he found out his visa didn’t take him into the United Kingdom …. Had he said, he was staying in the Republic of Ireland, he’d have been okay, but he thought honesty was the best policy …

SAs need several visas; Europe, EU, UK etc and unusually for him, and all SAs, who are well genned up on such matters, he had overlooked some detail this time around …. As it turned out, another friend of ours was at the event and ended up carrying the player’s bag!  So he and I spent some time chatting over the week ….

As I mentioned before, living across the road from Galgorm makes this a very ‘home’ event, which is the answer to most players/caddies queries when they ask why I’m at a Challenge Tour tournament … These days around half the field at CT events have been on the ET for varying lengths of time so there are lots of familiar faces, never mind the host of Ballymena people one comes across every other step in and about the venue …

It was good to have a chat with a player who had a major operation a couple of years ago when going very well on the ET and is now working his way back. It was also good to catch up some familiar faces and others I hadn’t seen for some time. There were lots of soundbite moments this week …

The NI Open is the players’ favourite on the CT, and it is easy to see why, with the effort that goes in to make it a special tournament on the calendar, and that is greatly appreciated by all those taking part

Next Event; Czech Masters in Prague

Proverbs 12:22

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

Porsche European Open – July 2017

Porsche European Open Green Eagle GC Hamburg July 25 – 27

A good week in Hamburg …. As ever at the ‘smaller’ events, although at €2 million prize fund that might be something of a misnomer, but you know what I mean, I am able to get around more easily without the entourages that are prevalent at the ‘bigger’ tournaments …

We had a super little bible study outdoors at the Players Lounge, with six in attendance.  I was also able to meet up 1-to-1 with a caddie, who  doesn’t have the luxury of dictating where and when he is at work … We had a look at the passage in Exodus 4 [verse 14] at why God burned with anger whilst he in the same breathe had made preparation for Moses to fulfil His plan for him … Good discussions ensued >>>

On the outreach front it was good to see another player again. He hasn’t had a card to play on the main Tour this year and has been dipping in and out, but he was as open as always and is super to chat with …

I also came across another old friend, who continues to be keen to talk when on his own but is like a cat on a hot tin roof when others are around in case I mention something about God >>> I think it’s called denial?

There were also meaningful catch-ups with some caddies I’ve mentioned several times before. Our courtesy car man was also there and so it was good to pursue his thoughts on Jesus …   Do keep praying for these people as they know ‘about’ God …..

Next Tournament; Challenge Tour in my home town, Ballymena – where my travel expenses are very high as I have to cross the road, I go through shoe leather at quite a rate, and I wear very expensive shoes …

‘Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you.’  Exodus 4:14

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

146th Open Championship – July 2017

The 146th Open @ Royal Birkdale GC Southport July 18-21

This was the last of my three week ‘home from home’ tournaments and this time I was invited to stay at the home of Keith and Irene MacIntosh [Keith a past Logos board member] and so travel to Birkdale in my own car with Keith who acted as my SatNav and introduction to, what seemed like, everyone who lives in the North-West of England … Ten yards was about the longest walk before bumping into another friend of his, you probably think I’m exaggerating, I’m not >>> Thanks Keith and Irene for a super week

As is the way at the big events there wasn’t a lot doing in a Logos sense, but Keith had arranged a ‘Meet the ET Chaplain’ evening at his local club in Leyland where we had to go outside due to the numbers attending, either that or because it was so warm?  Either way it was a joy to share a little of the chaplaincy role with some more new people ..

Good also to meet up with a friend from SMS and update him on the progress with the CiS/Logos transition and as you know SMS and Logos have a long term link on the Tour, so we continue to seek God over a new person …

Talking of SMS and survey’s – at The Open the USA version of SMS also appear [the Darryl Survey] so it’s a week when the players/caddies are put upon twice, at least, but I discovered this week that two of the US team are believers when I came across them on the Thursday as I was leaving, so that was encouraging and good for future Opens … it also led to the lasting memory of the Open, for as it is with the openness of Americans, they announced while standing on the practice putting green beside the first tee at Birkdale, ‘let’s pray!’ So we had a huddle and prayer – not a bad way to take my leave …

Next Week; European Open at Hamburg

1 Timothy 2:8

‘I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.’

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

 

 

Ken

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open – July 2017

The Scottish Open – Dundonald Links Irvine July 11 – 13

The ‘Rolex Series’ moves onto its third event in a row [France, Irish >>] on the West coast of Scotland with another €7 million prize fund, rich pickings these three weeks, to be followed by the €10 million Open next week …. Money, money, money – lots of TV coverage and the ‘big guns’ out in force from the USA and all around the world …

These are the times when keeping it simple shines through and as we often look to do when on mainland Britain we had one of our Logos ‘Roadshows’ this week in the host town for the tournament, Irvine …

Fullarton Parish Church, all recently renovated and looking fresh and bright, put on an evening where we had two South African pros on the platform and the evening was hosted by Neil Urquhart, the minister, and I did the MC-ing. Both players enjoyed the chance to speak openly of their faith.

The Q&A time of the evening is always good, and people were able to ask ‘those’ questions of Christians on Tour that they’ve been bursting to know … I have to say these occasions are well received every time we do them and on this occasion there may well be a follow up from Bunkered magazine as Christian journalist, Kenny Crawford, was there taking notes …. Good times!!

Next Week; it’s THE Open – those outside of Britain find it amusing that with all the Open tournaments there are, there’s only one alluded to as THE Open!!

As you know the big tournaments are not Logos friendly as a rule, but who knows what God will surprise us with – I am doing an evening at Leyland GC [home club of Keith Macintosh a past Logos board member] on the chaplaincy role on the tour and doubtless I’ll get too meet up with a few others whom God brings along my path …

‘The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.’     Proverbs 4:18

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – July 2017

Irish Open – Portstewart GC Northern Ireland July 4-6

This is a ‘home’ event for me with Portstewart just ‘up the road’ from Ballymena and it was difficult to walk any more than 10 yards without bumping into someone you know, they pretend not to know me, but I pay no attention to that …

Having a bit more time than I normally have at events meant I was able meet up one – to – one with a few folks, which was great.

We had our Bible study on the Wednesday lunchtime with four of us able to gather and we had the joy of having Terry Laverty, the local Presbyterian churches minister with us. I also did a little interview for Logos/Christians in Sport on Sunday at his church meeting where the Portstewart Convention kicked off.

So a busy Irish open and now it’s over to a ‘home from home’ venue where I’m able to stay at my mothers and travel back and forth to Irvine for next weeks Scottish Open at Dundonald Links …

‘But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.’    2 Peter 3:13

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

BMW International Eichenried GC Munich June 20 – 22

BMW International Eichenried GC Munich June 20 – 22

Melted in Munich; would be an appropriate title this week, in the mid-thirty degrees each day! But it was great to celebrate two happenings of joy.

Firstly, it was great to meet up again with a player I have chatted with over the past eight years. He asked me whether I had a prayer book similar to one he had used before as ‘something to calm him’.

We chatted about how such things only act as a quick fix and are temporary in comparison to the eternal relationship Christ offers – so he left with the gospels of John and Mark and a couple of golf related spiritual booklets. Please keep praying.

We also had a bible study at lunchtime on Wednesday and the five of us dwelt on taking your eyes off God, yet He never loses sight of us as with the Father running to the younger son on his return and Peter taking his eyes off Jesus, but Christ reaching to him … Good times!

Next Up; on home soil at the Irish Open in Portstewart ..

Ken Revie Logos Golf Ministries

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

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