The first I had heard of this event was during a call to my friend after the Northern Open. He had contacted me to say unlucky for just missing out on the final day and then proceeded to invite me to attend Paul Lawrie’s Par 3 tournament held at his own course in Aberdeen. Although it was short notice I felt that I should attend and what a great little event to be part of.
I asked for a late time on the Thursday so that I would only be away for 1 night and this also allowed me to travel up that morning. On arrival I was blown away by how the event was organised and I suppose this is due to the host trying to make it similar to a tour event set up. Although this was a par 3 tournament over a 9 hole course, you could have been forgiven for thinking we were at the biggest event of the year due to crowds, sponsors boards round each tee and in particular, a Players Lounge. Very well done.
We were to play the 9 hole course twice each day and after looking online at the layout of the course I was thinking how hard could this course be with the longest hole at just over 200 yards. I then saw some of the scores earlier that day and knew it was to be much harder than anticipated. It was the day of the high winds that battered most of Scotland and the wind never really went away all day. Apparently we had it easier in the afternoon but I don’t see how the wind could have been worse than we had it that evening. A well struck 3 wood going 165 yards says it all.
I was playing with a European tour player and former British Amateur Champion and I could tell right away how good a player he was. It didn’t take long for us to chat about our stories and its incredible how someone half my age has already played on Tour and even more impressive, The Masters, US Open and The Open. My golfing CV was just a bit less illustrious but my personal story caught his attention and he liked to hear that my wife and I were helping kids who needed the help. He didn’t mention much about my Logos story but it was a good interaction.
We really struggled in what was borderline conditions but this was a fun course to play and all you can do when its like that is get on with it. At times it felt like crazy golf but was really enjoyable and both of us almost made holes in one at the 100 yard 7th/16thdespite being downwind to a half island green. Only 1 professional out of the field broke par and that shows just how tough it was. Feeling a bit hard done by, we both finished our last hole and were glad to get in after losing to the course that day. We would get another crack at it tomorrow and the forecast was slightly better.
A drinks reception was held at a local hotel that evening and this gave me a chance to catch up with some friends and network a little. Two there are coming to the Logos Pro Am this year but I got chatting to one of the Loch Lomond Whiskey reps regarding Logos and he was very interested in this due to his family having ties with the Church of Scotland. As we chatted he expressed interest in attending the event and also providing some prizes courtesy of the distillery. Loch Lomond Whiskies is now a major sponsor for some of the big events this summer and they are really trying to put themselves on the map with the branding. A really positive chat and unexpected to say the least.
Day 2 was a bit calmer but still a very strong west wind to keep us on our toes. As I was hitting balls on the range I got that chance to chat with a former European Tour player, who is from the Aberdeen area, and I wanted to ask him about potential venues for a Logos Pro Am in the North. There was always a vision about have a few events around the country so that we were reaching all areas, and he felt our best venues would probably be Royal Aberdeen or Trump. Personally I think Royal Aberdeen sounds better but we wont get political. He was more than happy to support the event and I definitely think this is something to pray about for next year or the year after.
I was playing with Michael from Elgin for the 2ndround and we got off to a reasonable start despite ‘the breeze’. Michael is a really easy going guy and it was great to chat with him during our game. It turns out he has family that stay round the corner from me, so next time he is down we will definitely meet up and have a few holes at Dullatur. Always good to sow a new seed and it lays the foundation for more in-depth discussion. We managed to shave off some shots from our first round and both posted 3 over for the second round which shows just how difficult a little course this is. During the event I used every club in the bag apart from the driver and that gives an indication of how different each shot was over the course of the two days. This is a testament to the variation of the holes and slopes round about them which is a cracking par 3 course that tests the best.
I hope to return to this event and would encourage anyone who has not visited the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre to go and try it if you are ever in that area. I know that we will have a Logos event in the North East soon and I really feel God is going to work greatly in that area. Please pray for Logos Golf Ministries working throughout Scotland and beyond and for those mentioned in this report.
In his service,