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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

 

 

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

Logos on Tour in South Africa

South African Open Johannesburg 2015

Logos on Tour in South Africa

 

 

 

 

Feeling really bad, with you all experiencing lots of rain and ferocious winds, I’m suffering in 30 degrees and endless sunshine, and I mean that most sincerely!
As ever in SA we had a terrific study with a dozen attending  … One of the good things is that there is never a lack of chat, enquiry, a thirst for more understanding and the hour just flies in with everyone contributing in some way or other …
Peter Karmis (player) has been at the last couple of studies in SA and he’s now moved back to the Sunshine Tour after playing in Asia for several years.  I have come across Peter here and there but it would seem God has really taken a hold of his life in the last couple of years and he and his wife are very much into the word … I mean that in the sense that he is studying the bible in Greek!!!  Which has opened up Gods word to him in ways he’d never imagined and it was terrific to talk to him for an hour or more after the study and hear all he was learning and the new life he was discovering in greater depth in Jesus …. The “petros” and “this rock” passage in Matthew Ch 16 was looked at and clarified for many during the study through the Greek which everyone found fascinating.. He’ll be a great asset in the SA study week in week out ..

It was also good to be asked on the range during the Thursday survey for a note of some verses and passages we’d been discussing, you’re never too busy to do that …

Another couple of caddies to add to your prayer list both very friendly and  they appear happy to talk, so do keep them in mind …

Now to Abu Dhabi  which is the first of three big events in the Middle-East that attract the top players so I’ll send your regards from Norn Iron to Rory …

Ephesians 5:10-11

” .. find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”Logos on Tour in South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour
See more on www.logosgolfministries.com

Logos on tour “Portugal Masters”

Portugal Masters Vilamoura Marina October 7 – 10

Logos on tour in Portugal
Alexander Levy on his way to win the title

The final week of the European based part of the Tour is very popular and many players, caddies and others at the event bring their families out with them, disappointingly this year went out, not with the usual sunshine, but with a thunderstorm or two or three, as the event was reduced to only 36 holes …. In my four years going there the Thursday was the first time I’d seen rain, that day and Friday brought enough to do another four years, for when it rains, it really rains …

You may recall, I have asked you to pray for a chap who was looking for a caddy job after our last meet up in Switzerland and he has found one … I also met up with him and his girlfriend a couple of times so it was good to share the role of what I do there in more detail and I’ll meet up with him again over the next few weeks in Belfast … Do keep him on your prayer list ….

Logos on tour Portugal masters
at the range at the Portuguese masters

I got together with the caddy, with whom I had a long talk at Aberdeen and then he intimated wanted to do a bible study the other week, so we duly met up and I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever come across someone with so little idea of God, who he reckons is a myth, as is all to do with the entire “Christian myth” as he sees it … he confidently predicts he will return as reincarnation exists and so it goes on …. He is such a friendly bloke though and always leaves with a smile, which I think really means he thinks what I tell of Jesus is ludicrously humorous to him … As we know, God can open any heart …

The next time I’m away is when the tour reaches Sth Africa in late November for a four week spell, and it really isn’t right me having to go there in the midst of our winter and their boiling hot summer, But Logos make me do it!!!

“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”  1 John 2:6

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

www.logosgolfministries.com

 

Logos on Tour at St Andrews

Dunhill Links Championship – St Andrews Sept 30 – Oct 02

Nick Faldo
Nick Faldo at the second Old Course St Andrews

Well, we had both our Logos meetings over these two weeks in Scotland, and I’m pleased to say they went really well

Wednesday 24 Sept – Logos Scotland at Easterhouse Glasgow

This was our launch meeting of “Logos Scotland” and as with all things we are dreaming big and starting small … Seventeen good folks turned up and we had a Ryder Cup themed evening hosted by PGA pro Vincent Brown, we also had a putting competition which was won by the only lady taking part, but we won’t mention that … Things look promising for the future ministry there both among the pros and amateurs with five eager people all ready to organise a variety of activities in the golf world …

Wednesday 01 October – Question & Answer night at the New Golf Club St Andrews

St Andrews Old Course
Logos on Tour at the Dunhill Championship St Andrews

The organisation of this was done through our Logos supporters in St Andrews and we had an excellent venue, hospitality and welcome …. Around 45 turned up and the panel was made of Hennie Otto, Mike Vlismas [SA media man] and myself, our good Logos friend Lindsay Glasgow chaired the panel [that means he kept us all in check] … We had a golfing Q&A to start as many there were keen to hear what goes on in the inner sanctums of big golf events and of course this led to the Christian testimony of us all … We had several people who “turned up” on the night and were unaware of just what they were getting into, always good when you know that God will bring people to something that they didn’t know they were going to be at!!! We had a number of non-believers and one atheist who introduced himself at the end by saying, he had no intention of being there, but he was, and found it all “very interesting.”

So a good couple of weeks, and the prospect of more to follow …

Next Week; the final European based event of the Tour, in Portugal … Always a popular week and normally plenty sunshine ….

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

www.logosogolfministries.com

“ .. They went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.  Mark 16:20

 

Logos on Tour at the Welsh Open at Celtic Manor

Wales Open – Celtic Manor Resort – Sept 17 to 19

Jaidee at the Open Wales
Jaidee at the Open Wales

One of those weeks where I was bumping into everyone one after the other, which was terrific …. I’d love to say all the chats were God-centred but they covered a wide range; Scottish vote [which was much on the mind of many there], the last few weeks of the season and the job prospects for those on the cut line [players and caddies], new babies on the way and recently arrived, the lamenting of what appears to be the last Wales Open as it isn’t on next year’s schedule and with others how they were being treated by their employers in a variety of roles within the Tour Circus …

In amongst it all one always has the opportunity to point to God in some way or other ….

Did meet our old fiend, Andy Gorman, the putting coach and believer who is doing well with his business but has a few tricky situations in home life, do remember him …

Hennie Otto withdrew after one round, but thankfully not with any recurrence of back trouble, just feeling unwell …Nicholas Colesaerts

There was more buzz than usual at the event due to four Ryder Cup players taking part and speaking of the Ryder Cup do please pray for the “Logos Scotland” meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm (at Easterhouse Baptist Church) and the following week for the “Panel” answering questions at the Dunhill evening on the 1st of October …

Off to Scotland for the next two weeks and with the vote outcome, no visa required!

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

More on www.logosgolfministries.com website

“But if I say, ‘I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a FIRE, a FIRE shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I CANNOT.”  Jeremiah 20:9 ….

If Jeremiah couldn’t keep quiet about God, with all that he had to endure, than neither should we …

 

 

Logos on Tour at the Dutch Open – Zandvoort Amsterdam – Sept 10 to 12

Dutch Open – Zandvoort Amsterdam – Sept 10 to 12Logos on tour at the Dutch Open

 The prize for a hole in one at the par 3 fifteenth hole at the Dutch Open was a trip into space!  This was worth $100,000 and lasted only one hour of which between four and six minutes were in actual space …. The players weren’t too annoyed by not achieving a hole in one?  Sadly one of the players, Fabrizio Zanotti was seeing stars of a different kind. On the next fairway he was hit full on the head by a stay shot from the neighbouring fairway, there was a two hour delay for an ambulance, medical attention and he was taken to hospital, gladly in the end all was well, at least as well as can be expected after being hit by a golf ball going at 200 mph …. By evening he was sitting up and recovered …Logos on tour dutch open hole in one prize

You may recall I mentioned the caddie, with whom I had a one hour discussion with at the Scottish Open after the memorial service, well for those of you who have been praying for him he approached me on the range saying he’d like to do a bible study, now what he calls a bible study and what is a study to us, will be very different but keep praying that this will come to be …. Our friend (another caddie) is back to his ducking and diving best but between Hennie and I we sent him some Christian literature to read, and I know he will, so that was good …

Hennie and I had a real good one – to – one time on Wednesday evening and it is always good to intentionally study the word and talk of the things of God ….

This coming week is a hop over to the Wales Open at Celtic Manor, a past Ryder Cup venue before that tournament takes place the following week at Gleneagles …

Two prayer requests for you; We are having our first “Logos Scotland” night on the 24th, on Ryder Cup week, (at Easterhouse Baptist Church 7 for 7:30pm) in Glasgow … Then the following week at the Dunhill event in St Andrews an open meeting has been arranged at one of the local golf clubs where a panel made up of me, Hennie, Mike Vlismas [who is with the media in SA covering the event] and one other [possibly Vincent Brown, club pro in Scotland and involved with the meeting in Glasgow] …. We’d be appreciative of your prayers for these two evenings …

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

www.logosgolfministries .com

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”  Psalm 8:3-4

 

 

Logos on Tour at the European Masters in Switzerland

European Masters at Crans Sur Sierre in Switzerland Sept 02 – 05Logos on Tour at European Masters at Crans Sur Sierre

I asked that you pray for my time with a potential caddy this week and I’m pleased to say I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with him and had illuminating chats on several occasions …. I had planned to meet up with him at Geneva airport where he was hiring a car and accompany him to Crans Montana but my plane delay of five hours put paid to that, still we did have many good times over the next two days … He continues to look for some type of role on the Tour and the best way in appears to be through his caddy relationship with Jake Roos in 2015 … He will come out again to the Portugal Masters in early October with his girlfriend, so we shall meet up again.  He does live in Belfast so the link that has come about shall continue even at home …

Crans Montana was its usual glorious self and is by far the most popular destination on the Tour schedule; the scenery is remarkable, weather beautiful, the town is simple, amazing and homely all rolled into one – the only drawback is the expense, which is mind boggling …. The population of Switzerland only recently voting against a rise in the minimum wage to £15.00 an hour!  Says all you need to know …

Our old friend “the caddy” has been reading the “Tour Chaplain” tweets and has a list of questions for next week, so we’ll look forward to that …

Off to Amsterdam this coming week for the Dutch Open.

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,” Jeremiah 9:23

Ken Revie, Logos Golf MinistriLogos on Tour at European Masters Switzerlandes, Chaplain to the European Tour

www.logosgolfministries.com

 

Logos on Tour @ Italian Open Turin & Glagorm Northern Ireland

Italian Open Turin August 26 – 28Hennie Otto

A quiet week in Turin …. This was the location of our first meeting four years ago on the tour along with Hennie and Co, so it always holds a bit of a special place … We met up again this week and it was good to hear how things were with Hennie and the two operations on his back and great too see his passion for Jesus is four years stronger, there’s no compromising with Hennie

The week was uneventful, but there were two interesting little instances; our old caddy friend, was waxing lyrical as only he can, about the world and its obsession with possessions and money and I pointed out to him Matthew 6:24 about being devoted to either God or money. This I know he will be telling all and sundry about this when he holds court amongst the players and caddies, as he does … It is quite amusing to see him telling forth Gods word [whilst claiming all the wisdom of its truth], reminds you of how God would use those who didn’t know him to fulfil His purposes e.g. Cyrus and such like …

Also, on the Survey day I wandered onto the range at 6.30am to be greeted by the another caddie, who proceeded to show me a photo he’d taken with his phone, which was of Philippians 4: 6-7 “do not worry …” and he asked how can you do this? So it was good to explain to him who the Prince of Peace was … Every little opening counts ….

Galgorm Castle Challenge Tour North Ireland OpenMichael Hoey

Lots of tour players were at Galgorm this week and so I crossed the road and called in Friday and Saturday too meet up with the SA believer Jake Roos who is still looking good to qualify for the main tour next year … I also seen a few others and one interesting contact is the person who caddied for Jake, Mark McGowan, whom I have come across here and there over the last twenty years, he’s a PGA pro that I played alongside a couple of times and bumped into again in Cork at the Irish Open and he is keen to do some caddying on the tour and is going to Switzerland next week just to show his face and I shall meet him at Geneva airport and travel to Crans Montana with him, so do please pray over this Godincidence …

These little happenings always remind me of Ruth 2:3 “ .. as it turned out ..” when she just so happened to turn into the field of Boaz, leading to the genealogy of Jesse, David and ultimately Jesus ….

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

www.logosgolfministries.com

Made in Denmark

putting out in Denmark Marc Warren winning in DenmarkMade in Denmark Aalborg August 12 – 15

After the mid-season two week break for the USA events, that seen Rory win both, including his fourth major and move into second place on the world ranking list, just behind me, so it was back to Europe for the interestingly named Made in Denmark tournament … There has been an eleven year gap since the last championship in Denmark and the title was celebrating the vast amount of golfers produced by that small country; Thomas Bjorn etc …

Had three good Godincidences this week; Player Eddie Pepperell, is well known to one of our Logos supporters, Alastair Booth, who is the secretary at
Frilford Heath GC in Oxfordshire to which Eddie is attached, and it was good to share a courtesy car and to chat over my role and the purpose of Logos on the Tour with him for the first time …

Once again I had a good talk with a pro, when I bumped into him in the middle of Aalborg …. Do keep him in your prayers and he has just become a dad for the first time …

Our old friend “the caddie” was in philosophical mood this week and was lamenting the state of the world and his position in life compared to those embroiled in the tragedies that are going on, seemingly everywhere … keep praying for him too …

This is the beginning of a run of 8 tournaments in the next 9 weeks and a time when players can see what they need to do in the various positions they find themselves … Tense times for many …

Next week it’s Prague for the Czech Masters ….

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”  Psalm 32:8

Ken Revie, Logos Golf Ministries Chaplain to the European Tour

See more on the website: www.logosgolfministries.com