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European Masters Crans Sur Sierre Switzerland Aug 30 – Sept 01, 2016

European Masters
Crans Sur Sierre Switzerland
Aug 30 – Sept 01, 2016
Logos on tour in switzerland

As ever the mountains of Crans Montana were resplendent and combined with the summer sunshine, well, if it wasn’t that a cup of coffee cost £6.00 it’d be great…

I was aware that JB [Kruger] was in the field this week, having qualified through the Asian route, but to my surprise Jake Roos was there too, not playing, but as he has friends in the town, he thought he’d take the opportunity to combine the possibility of getting into the field, though only third reserve, and a few days of a busman’s holiday ….

I met up with them together and then Jake separately as he was keen to have a chat on where he was at regards, where to play, what path to take etc …. These golfers are not all as confident as they appear … It has been a good little oasis of three weeks with the SA believers and I know that’s the last I’ll see of them until early next season [November this year] in SA – do remember them before God…

It has been interesting these last few events that there has been each week three or four prolonged chats with; players, caddies, coaches, physios and others where the subject has been what is happening with them and what is going on in their lives … It isn’t only the players whose futures are uncertain depending on how they are playing but the knock on affect for those in and around the tour …

Pray for these to continue as they will in his time lead to even deeper heart topics concerning eternity and Mike in particular, a coach who is always quick to bring God into things ….

In our studies this week we reminded ourselves that to God we are;
“.. His treasured possession” and “…The apple of his eye”

Deuteronomy 7:6 & 32:10
Always good to recall that He ‘rejoices over us with singing’ Zephaniah 3:17

Next Week; Holland or is it the Netherlands, one of those two … 

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 kr@logosgolfministries.com

The 145th Open Championship Royal Troon GC July 12 – 14, 2016

The 145th Open Championship Royal Troon GC July 12 – 14, 2016

Logos on Tour at the Open Championship

There were two incidences this week that acted as ‘reality’ reminders amidst the activity, pomp, big business and celebratory aspects that are The Open …

An event where around a quarter of a million people are involved in; working, doing business or attending as a spectator and something like £2 billion is generated, means there are endless goings on and lots of map reading required to get  around the abundance of; exhibition tents, grandstands, the course, food vendors and entrances & exits .. I found my convenient route from my two most visited areas (practice range and media centre) and it meant going out of the grounds to the road alongside the course and back in again, sounds convoluted, but it was on this thoroughfare that there were several folks handing out all sorts of; leaflets, goodies and invites to this and that and general giveaways, I never bother to take anything as I’d only be throwing it away  …

But on the second day, for some inadvertent reason I did reach out and accept a piece of literature that I had been offered numerous times and gave it a quick glance before intending to dispose of  it in the next recycle bin and, Lo and Behold, it was a gospel tract … colourfully, attractively and appropriately presented with a ‘Gospel Scotland’ website contact and John 3:16 printed on it … I turned and went back for a chat with the two gentlemen dispensing these and let them know my role at the Open … I’d like to have brought back the tracts to let you see them, but I ‘misplaced’ them in the media centre?!

The same stretch of road brought the second happening …. Having come from the cauldron of the busy range and the multitude of TV, film and radio people swarming around the players, the throng of autograph hunters and the general theme of adulation towards the superstars on show, I was heading along what was a much quieter road than usual and fittingly in the stillness a hearse respectfully drove past, followed by a few cars in the procession …

I was aware that on the other side of the wall on my left separating the Open course from the outside world was the celebration of sporting prowess toward men who were hitting a little ball, with expensive implements, into a hole in the ground with the one who could achieve this in the least amount of hits being lauded, applauded and rewarded with over a million pounds in prize money, whilst someone in the quiet coastal town of Troon, with less than 15,000 people, was burying one of their own … It brings to mind, Ecclesiastes 7:2

“It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.”

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

 

Kirkhill Pro-Am – 17th June 2016

I hadn’t played Kirkhill for a while and it is one of those venues that can throw up any kind of weather due to its location at one of the highest points in Glasgow. The views of the city are stunning and you can see for about 40 miles on a clear day. This was not one of those days though.
Logos on Tour at Kirkhill

As we teed off, the rain was on its way but hadn’t quite reached us yet. My partners were Alistair, Stephen and Scott, all of whom were decent players off their mid-handicaps and right away we got off to a good start with a birdie at the first hole. This was the only occasion that I can remember recently where after being announced on the tee as representing Logos Golf Ministries and identifying my ball with the Logo on it, that nobody asked me anything about it until we reached the 3rd hole. To be honest it was more of an indirect question of, “So where do you play out of then?” asked Alistair.

That gave me my opportunity to explain my situation and after I had given Alistair the lowdown he fired back, “Your not a minister are you?” to which I replied, “Not in the way you think.”

I was not sure how to take that and I could tell the Stephen and Scott were more interested in their day out than listening to me but something niggled at me and I thought I needed to go a bit further with Alistair on this whereas normally I would have left the topic until he brought it up again. On the next hole I again went over the fact that I was not a minister as such and confirmed to him that over the past years I had embraced my faith more to the point of working with the ministry. I told him I had ran away from God when I was younger and wanted to do other things until I got to the point I could not ignore it anymore. To my surprise he also told me that he used to be part of the Church of Scotland many years back but similar to myself, he gradually “lost his way”. It was an interesting choice of words and something that I could totally relate to.

As we continued on with our game the weather started to get worse but we still managed to get some decent scores on the card despite having to play with an umbrella for most of the round. The finishing holes at Kirkhill are tough and we needed some birdies in the last 4 holes to maybe get a top 5 finish. Sadly this did not happen and none of us played very well in this part of the game, probably because we knew we had to go for it, taking on risky shots that didn’t pay off. It was a slightly depressing finish to what was a good game for the most part.

As I said my goodbyes before leaving, Alistair remained in my thoughts and I pray for him to be open to his faith again. Sometimes we don’t take risks because we are scared they won’t pay off and for the most part that can be true. Stepping out in faith however is a risk worth taking when God is involved as he never lets us down in the end. We may have to keep trying and keep going and we may not always succeed in every endeavour, but perseverance combined with faith will yield a harvest and that is what God promises in his word.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries, Ambassador on the Tartan Tour

contact Vincent on vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

 

 

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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

The P & H Championship – Renaissance Club(23rd/24th May, 2016)

The P & H Championship – Renaissance Club(23rd/24th May, 2016)

logos on the tartan tour May 2016
After a month break in the PGA schedule and moving house at the beginning of May, I was more than ready to get back out there and was looking forward to an exciting event at The Renaissance Club which sit directly across from past Open venue Muirfield. This stretch of land is arguably one of Britain’s best golfing locations with courses such as Gullane, Archerfield, North Berwick, & Cragielaw all within a 5 mile stretch.

On arrival to the Renaissance Club, you realise just how exclusive it is due to the fact there are no signposts and in amongst the Archerfield estate you see 2 massive gates that have RC written in gold on the front. I suppose that’s the price of paying over £50,000 per year for a membership and yes, I know, that’s how much it costs. The opulence of the rich and the poverty of the starving kids of the world is a stark contrast and something I do struggle with, but sadly something we have to accept and just do what we can to help wherever we can.

The facilities of this venue are excellent with everything catered for, even range balls handed to all golfers on the specific bay you are practicing in so you don’t have to carry them any distance. This had the feel of a tour event and more and I began to wonder why this venue had not held any large events as of yet. Maybe the answer was they didn’t need to.

As I made my way to the first tee I bumped into Chris Tierney who plays out of Bishopbriggs Driving Range. He asked me if I was still doing ‘that ministry thing’ to which I had a brief conversation telling him that things were going well and we were now in our second full year on the Tartan Tour. He must have remembered this from the Drumpellier Pro-Am last year and it was good for that to have stuck with him. He wished me well in my endeavours and quickly rushed away as he was due to tee off. No doubt we’ll chat again.

My playing partners came from Mearns Castle Golf Academy and from Elie Links. We were chatting straight away before we teed off and I was able to share quite a bit about my family life and faith along with my Logos role before we had even hit a ball. As we made our way down the 1st hole we spoke about how quickly life can change.
Life can change in a heartbeat and I shared how my wife lost her mother many years ago suddenly and we simply just have to deal with the fact that this life as we know it will end at some point, sooner or later, but there is more to our life than the physical and that’s the part many struggle with.
As we played round we looked at our surroundings and realised just how privileged we were to be able to do what we were doing. Being very focused on his game so we did not get to chat much (the player from Ellie links) but a nice lad and a good solid golfer who has just started out in his professional career and has the potential to be a formidable player.

Sadly none of us made the cut for the final day as only 40 qualified out of the 126 field, so it was a tough school and the course was playing long and tricky around the massive sloping greens. It is always difficult to play a course that you cannot miss the green on the wrong side and this is a key feature of almost every hole at The Renaissance Club.
If I am fortunate enough to play in this event again next year I have learned that caution is the key and chasing birdies is not the best play. It was very easy to get frustrated when you feel you have hit a decent shot only to see it wind down and off the green into a very tricky position.
Sometimes we can feel like that off the course and the secret is to look around you and appreciate that what you have, even if you’re not happy with it at that moment, is still good compared to some situations we could find ourselves in. We are not guaranteed tomorrow and must make the most of the life on this earth that God has given which will in turn better prepare us for the eternity that waits beyond what we see here.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and give thanks to God for the life he has given us.

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

 

PGA BMW Championship @ Wentworth GC May 24 – 27, 2016

PGA BMW Championship @ Wentworth GC May 24 – 27, 2016

Logos on Tour

The flagship event of the European Tour season is drooping …. There was no; Rory, Sergio, Stenson, Poulter, Rose, Oosthuizen, Schwartzel, Grace or even the course designer Ernie Els …. So, much was made of the new Masters champion, Danny Willett and you’d have to say the event lost nothing of its razzmatazz through the non-appearance of the afore mentioned, particularly with the plethora [learned that word last week, and had to get it in] of celebrities in the Pro-Am and all the Sky Sports innovations incorporated into the event … Mass TV coverage can cover a multitude of gaps >>>>

The PGA is also a time for the golf business, to do just that, business and there are meetings aplenty and lots of handshakes over deals made to enhance the furtherance of golf in Europe ….. Also a time too meet up with long time friends, associates and industry contacts and to that end Wentworth proved invaluable …

John Bushell; John is the lead man in SMS [the survey company I help out with on Thursday’s first round] and we had a long and amicable chat about; God, things Logos and SMS’ ongoing situation with the expanding reach of the Tour into the farther reaches of the world …

Mark Pinney; Mark as you’ll know did the role I now fill and he always attends the PGA and brings along some unsaved friends in an outreach capacity at Wentworth, he also caught up with some past acquaintances too …

Andy Gorman; A Christian PGA Pro who specialises in putting and gets along to a couple of events each season, and always the BMW ….

Brian McConnell [aka Silver Fox]; An ex-caddie, they all have nicknames, and now the Bushnell Rangefinder rep on Tour, retires this year, Again!!

It was good too see them and that gave some real purpose to an event that can be seen as a somewhat showy veneer of the world of golf and the bubble that is celebrity ….

“ .. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

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
kr@logogolfministies.com

Next Week; Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm

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 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

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“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