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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

Logos Golf Ministries Board/Management Changes

 

ogos Golf Ministries Managent Changes

For some months the Logos Golf Ministries board has been in discussions with our friends at Christians in Sport as to how the gospel can be best presented to the community of professional golfers. I am pleased to be able to tell you that those extensive discussions have reached a conclusion and may be summarised as follows:

  • On June 1 2017, control of Logos Golf Ministries will pass to a new board comprised of three members of the Christians in Sport senior management team, namely, Graham Daniels (General Director), Keith Proctor (Managing Director) and Elizabeth Chambers (Performance Team Manager).
  • Logos Golf Ministries will continue as an entity in itself with a continued usage of the Logos Golf Ministries ‘brand’.

The new Logos board, with access to the extensive range of Christians in Sport resources, will be well positioned to continue to support the valuable work already being undertaken by Ken Revie in his role as chaplain on the main European Tour and Vincent Brown who represents Logos Golf Ministries as a playing ambassador on the Scottish PGA ‘Tartan’ Tour. Christians in Sport will also be well placed to consider new initiatives in the field of golf chaplaincy.

The outgoing board would ask you to continue to support the work of Logos Golf Ministries in a number of ways. Firstly, please pray that the new board might be endowed with wisdom as they look to enhance Christian outreach amongst golfers. Secondly, please prayerfully consider either continuing or initiating financial support for the work. (Please note that if you are currently supporting Logos Golf Ministries financially then you needn’t take any action as your donations will continue to be credited to the Logos Golf Ministries bank account).  Finally, we would ask those of you who know Ken and Vincent personally to continue offering them encouragement and support in the valuable work they undertake for the gospel.

The retiring board members all consider it a privilege to have been of service and join together in giving thanks to our Lord and Saviour for His provision to Logos Golf Ministries since its inception. We also give thanks for the opportunities which have been taken and which will continue to present themselves for ‘the Word of God to be taken to the world of golf’.

Allan Gray, Chair – on behalf of the board of Logos Golf Ministries

Alliance at Falkirk Tryst – 8/3/17

Alliance at Falkirk Tryst – 8/3/17

Logos on Tour at Falkirk Tryst

Falkirk is always a handy venue for me as it’s only 10 minutes along the motorway and normally I enjoy the layout as it is one of the flattest courses in the country, but today was very different due to severe weather that almost made the course unplayable.

After a few switch arounds with the pairings I was finally paired with Malcolm from Bishopbriggs.and we started at around 9.30am which was about 30 minutes behind schedule. Falkirk is normally a very dry course due to its sandy turf but I was very surprised at how wet the ground was under foot, even with the deluge of the previous night. As we stood on the first hole I was able to share with Malcolm of my attachment to Logos but he didn’t really say anything about it and nothing else was mentioned for the entire round. He either didn’t get the concept or had no inclination to speak about it any further which is fine, but that does not happen very often in my travels. The wind really started to get up early on and then there were some squalls on and off all the way which made life very frustrating, almost impossible to get into any rhythm.

There is nothing worse than dropping one shot after another in really bad weather as this really depresses you when you can’t see any way out or any chance of things improving. It’s almost like a ‘golfers depression’ and compounded when there is not much conversation because you really feel isolated out there. The only thing for it was to keep going and finish as best as I could. I was quite a few over par for the day and the worst part of it was at the end when Malcolm asked me what my handicap was. As I said before I thought he didn’t get what I was talking about at the start and I was right, even the part about me being a pro! (I definitely didn’t hit the ball that badly despite the conditions).

Now for the silver lining. I came across one of my fellow professionals and friend Craig Matheson, who works in the shop at Falkirk. We chatted briefly but Craig mentioned that he had seen the Logos Pro-Am on the PGA calendar and was impressed we had got something in place so soon I think. He said “That will be good exposure for you guys” to which I replied this could be the first of many events on the circuit eventually leading to a series of events each year. Any time I have chatted to Craig he has always been quite supportive of what I was doing and I feel he would be a good Professional to have at the event in September. Every cloud …

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and many thanks for your continued prayers for the future.
In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
contact VB@Logosgolfministries.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

 

Alliance at Western Gailes (Irvine) -15/2/17

western gailes golf course

Alliance at Western Gailes (Irvine) -15/2/17

After my last visit to this course last year I was looking forward to returning and enjoying my first outing of 2017 in much calmer conditions. Playing with a 40mph crosswind at this venue previously was not pleasant, but a calm breeze was blowing on arrival and I was eager to get going and post a good score to start the year off well.

I was playing with my Irish friend from Prestwick, Adrian and David Stein from Ranfurly Castle. Adrian was well aware of my attachment from our last outing but I had not met David before who is one of the professionals at Ranfurly. As we got going I immediately got chatting to David who had mentioned he saw my name around over the past couple of seasons and also wondered about Logos Golf Ministries and what that meant as an attachment. Great introduction and proof that many of the guys who I have not spoken with yet will have the same questions and that many conversations await, especially with the Logos Pro Am in black and white on the PGA roster.

As we walked along the second hole I got the chance to go into things in a bit more detail and explained about my role as an ambassador and someone who can be approached to discuss anything regarding the Christian faith without fear of views being forced on anyone. He seemed pleasantly surprised and agreed with the concept which is always positive. I have yet to experience someone completely disagreeing with what I am doing but I know there will be some opposition, as there always is eventually when it comes to Christianity. I will continue to trust that God has the situation in hand and no matter what comes against us, he has the answer and the victory.

We all played fairly solid for the rest of the round and although not much else was said regarding the Ministry or the Pro Am, we all got on well and I suppose it shows that the guys were quite comfortable with me and that is important when laying foundations for the future. I felt for David on the 14th hole as he was going along at about level par and hit what we thought was a decent drive. As we got down to where his ball should have been there was no trace and very strange not to find the ball. As play was tightly packed behind us he chose not to go back which effectively ended the round for him. Very unfortunate but I wish he had gone back to play another ball as he still could have returned a decent score. He was probably still in shock not to find the ball, as we all were, and made a rash decision without really thinking it through, but he did not want to hold play up anymore. I’m sure if it was an Order of Merit event he would have went back and played on.

On completing the round I managed to finish in 3rd place with 74. Not bad for the first round of the year on a challenging course as always. It was just nice to not be blown off the planet this time and keep the ball in play for a steady round. Hopefully signs of things to come with performance, and especially colleagues noticing the Logos name more and more this year. It is so easy to give up when feeling despondent but God has called us to press on and he rewards those who are faithful in that respect.

Please pray for those mentioned and the future of the ministry in this exciting year ahead.
In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour. Contact Vincent by email vb@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

Italian Open Monza Milan September 13 – 15, 2016

Italian Open Monza Milan September 13 – 15, 2016

Logos-on-the-tour-at-the-italian-open

You will be well aware that the Tour follows the sun but every now and then the rain takes its revenge, so Tuesday and Wednesday went to plan with 30 degrees and searing sunshine, Thursday? Deluge wouldn’t be in it … “Three men in a boat [for Thursday]” would have been an apt title for this week’s update …
First Man

I travelled from the airport to the venue in a courtesy car with player, Matthew Southgate, who last year was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which for a 27 year old is a bit of a setback .. He has since then gotten the all clear after due operations and has had a good playing year which he’s put down to the renewed perspective that a health issue brings … He sees himself as more; appreciative, positive and ‘lucky’ – so it was good to have such a long chat to him and I look forward to discussing the ‘luck’ aspect with him ….

Second Man
Ashun Wu was back this week and we met up for a 1 – 1 study which was terrific …. He encapsulates all that you imagine an oriental to be; mannerly, cheerful, grateful and in Ashun’s case, always looking to Jesus … He on a practical front finds Europe ‘foreign’ which is interestingly how the players/caddies find China, the food he finds strange? The language a barrier, although I reckon his English is excellent, but he finds it difficult to read the language, most of all there is only one other Chinese on the Tour and he is a teenager who isn’t a believer so he finds life somewhat lonely – do please keep Ashun before God …

Third Man
Courtesy car man Nick was in attendance this week and I had a really long and profound time with him … We met on Wednesday afternoon just after he’d been for a solitary walk, which was a product of our last couple of weeks studies on Mary choosing the better part and the meditating on the word of God and he then sat down for what he reckoned would be 10-15 minutes (he was working after all) that turned into 60 minutes as we just talked about the things of God and he had lots of meaningful questions and I had the opportunity to give him my testimony … So God is clearly moving with Nick, keep praying …

Did spend a bit of time with Mark again and we are going to meet up here in Northern Ireland soon … Should have been Four men n’ a boat, but there’s no book with title that title …

‘Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.’ Ephesians 5:16

‘Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.’  Colossians 4:5

Two weeks at home now before the final run of three events from early October.

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

you can contact Ken by email on kr@logosgolfministries.com

 

2 for 1 offer

Archerfield golf club

Challenge Tour – Galgorm Castle Ballymena Northern Ireland Open July 26 – 29, 2016

In the past I haven’t been around for the Galgorm event [takes place across the road from where I live] due to European Tour (ET) events clashing, but with no tournament on the main tour I was able to go back and forth over the week to Galgorm ….. You’ll recall the SA caddie who got saved last November and me telling you he was to be on the ET with his player Francesco la Porta, well as is all to common, they split up in early March and he has been on the Challenge tour with SAs Michael Palmer, a young man who came through the US College system, so it was good too meet up with the caddy and have a one – to – one for an hour … Also the couple (met frequently last year) are on this tour for the season due to the player not retaining his card last year and his wife is caddying for him, so it was good to see them also …

European Tour – Paul Lawrie Match-Play Archerfield North Berwick August 4 – 5, 2016

This is the second year of the 64-man match-play, and is an extremely quiet event with only a third of the usual weekly number taking part with half of them going home after round one!!

It’s one of those weeks when simply being there and the familiarity that brings on a week to week basis comes to the fore, as ones purpose unfolds with an eye to the future, so it was good to have a few prolonged chats, about nothing in particular, with several players/caddies as there was a bit more time for them to dwell …. So that is all stored away for upcoming contacts …

With an eye to the next event in Prague [Czech Open] currently there are three of the Christian players; Jake Roos, Dean Burmeister and JBe Kruger in the field as well as other caddies being there, plus Nick [courtesy car man] and Mark also … So appreciate your prayers for that and my seeking to arrange a get together …

“Commit to the LORD everything you do. Then your plans will succeed.
The LORD works everything out for his own purposes ..” Proverbs 16:3-4a

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

 

Bathgate ProAm – Bathgate (28th May, 2016)

Bathgate ProAm – Bathgate(28th May, 2016)

http://www.logosgolfministries.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Bathgate-golf-club-1.jpgWhen you arrive at Bathgate there is a sign that signifies just how much this club has had an impact on golf over the past century. The words “Home to Two Ryder Cup Captains and Three Ryder Cup Players” are read as you enter the car park and the thoughts that came to mind were, ‘Not bad’. For those you who may not know, Bathgate is home to Stephen Gallacher, Bernard Gallacher and the late Eric Brown. This is a club that knows golf but is also very welcoming of its visitors and always produces a great Pro-Am with the same hospitality.

As I made my way to the 1st Tee I needed to take my jumper off as the sun was coming out to what looked like an endless blue sky and I knew we were going to be in for a hot one – at last! Summer had finally arrived and the temperature got up to a decent 22 celcius, which felt a lot warmer I have to say.

My playing partners were John, Eileen and Scott, who were all members at the club and knew each other well so the chat was good from the off. Again we hadn’t even struck a ball when Eileen had asked me about my attachment and what course that was, so it gave me the opportunity to explain the ministry in front of everyone. As we played the first few holes I got the chance to speak with each of the guys to reinforce what I do and its not often this happens but they seemed genuinely interested and Scott especially thought it was a good idea. Over the back 9 I spoke more with Scott about how I re-embraced my faith and John also shared how he was involved with some disabled charities so we all connected well and felt comfortable sharing.

As we got to the final few holes we started to take it a bit more seriously as the team had made a run of birdies and we were trying to get to at least 13 under to have a chance of placing. Bathgate is always renowned as a low scoring venue for teams and normally 15 or 16 under wins so we knew we had to birdie the last few holes to have a chance. We should have just kept enjoying the company because as soon as we thought we could do something that’s when it started to go a bit pear shaped. We just made par on 17 and 18 and our final total was 11 under so no placing, actually we didn’t even make the top 10!

As we sat having our meal it was good to reflect on a cracking day with the sun out and everyone playing reasonably well. We were involved and had thoughts of placing high at one point but despite not finishing well we were satisfied with our attempt. We did the best we could and holed a few puts that helped the cause. Yes, its nice to win and we are going out there trying to do just that but I do feel more importantly that if you give everything to your round and you can look at yourself knowing you couldn’t have done anymore then that’s a victory in itself.

The World expects results but God is more interested in how, not how many. If we put the effort in and try our best then we can hold our heads high and whether or not we’re 1st or last in the worlds eyes, we will always place well in God’s eyes and he will bless us through that.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report.
In his Service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
vb@logosgolfministries.com

Spanish Open Valderamma GC Malaga – Week of April 11 2016

Spanish Open Valderamma GC Malaga – Week of April 11 2016

Andrew Johnston winner

As a rule I don’t have any specific ‘goals’ in mind when I set off to an event, being in the blessed place where I have the freedom to go out amongst the Tour folk and see where God leads … On this occasion I had asked last week for particular prayer regards meeting up with four people, and so it was …
Courtesy cars organiser
Had a great chat, who is always very forthcoming with his concerns which were; his desire to ‘get more’ and not being thankful and content with what he had, also for his young child growing up in this world today … We had a long talk over;
1 Timothy 6-9, Philippians 4:11-13, John 16:33 and Proverbs 14:26 & 22:6 … All really illuminating for him …
He’ll next be at the Irish Open where we are having a ‘Roadshow’ (Hennie and I doing this) on the Wednesday evening, do ask God to make it possible for him to get along.

Caddie 1
On his first journey to Europe, having always been based in SA, and he is a great steadying influence on his player Francesco La Porta, he had a bit of bother with lost luggage coming out of Joburg, which never re-appeared, but he is in good spirits and rejoicing in his salvation … Good times!
Caddie 2
You may recall I had chatted with Jason at the Tshwane Open in SA and he ‘seemed’ changed even amongst the tribulation he was going through, job – no job, well, he has gotten a regular bag with a fine player, Jaco Van Zyl and I’m keen to have a longer chat with him about just where he is with God, do keep praying …
Hennie Otto
As ever he was his usual ebullient self and was in Spain despite having had some laser back surgery just last Friday, hardy bunch the SAs … He’ll be in China and we are looking to do a Q&A video which shall come in handy should he not be available for a ‘Roadshow’ due to said back giving out on him …
I had hoped to see our Christian friend in the European Tour office, but he was in and out in 24 hours and we just missed one another, but we’ll catch up at the Irish Open …

The next two weeks are in Shenzhen and Beijing so do keep praying for those gospel and Christ glorifying chats and Godincidences …

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

Philippians 4:11-13

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”