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Easter Moffat Pro-Am & Douglas Park Pro-Am (13th & 18th August 2016)

Easter Moffat Pro-Am & Douglas Park Pro-Am (13th & 18th August 2016)

 

Logos on Tour at Douglas Park

With two events on last week I have included both into this report as both have a similar theme and I got the answer I was looking for yesterday in Edinburgh walking down Princes Street believe it or not. We’ll get to that, but first a journey just 15 minutes down the road to Airdrie and Easter Moffat Golf Club.

I have always enjoyed playing this course for many years as it is not a long track but very tricky with fast sloping plateau greens. A very old castle-like clubhouse greets you after a winding country road from the main street and you could be forgiven for thinking you were miles out in the country instead of Airdrie. My team were Paul, Martin and Stephen who were all members of the course and had qualified to play in the Pro-Am. As we got going up the hill which is the 1st hole, I got the opportunity to speak to the boys about my role as they wanted to know what course I played at due to my attachment to Logos. Paul commented that it was a ‘good cause’ and that was about it until we reached the 12th hole. It seemed that the guys were not really that interested in going much further in the conversation which in some cases there is nothing you can do but continue with the game and be patient. Later on in the round Paul had commented that he used to play football professionally and still enjoys going to see the odd game but has never understood the whole bigotry aspect, especially when it comes to Rangers and Celtic. I agreed that so many of these supporters who make sectarian comments are misled and they really have no idea why they believe what they believe and the reasons for it. This is the big difference between religion and faith and Paul agreed with me that human beings have a habit of taking faith and twisting it into something nasty that was never supposed to be like that. We see it so much in the world over and sadly that is when faith turns more into religion.

There wasn’t much more said after that and even after the game we had a very quick dinner and exchanged the usual pleasantries. After saying our goodbyes I was not quite sure what to take from the day but I suppose any conversation regarding the ministry is something. On to Douglas Park a few days later and hopefully more to say.

No matter how many times I have played at Douglas Park I still struggle with the thought of the opening tee-shot due to the railway line running all the way down the left side of the fairway. I hit a decent shot down the middle of the fairway as I have done for the past few years and I don’t know what all the fuss was about (I’ll still feel the same next year probably!). My playing partners today were Keith, Gavin and David who all worked for the main sponsor of the event DM Hall. Again we all got chatting early about my attachment and I was able to speak to all he guys over the first two holes regarding my faith and how my life has changed over the past few years. I really was expecting this to go further today after a really encouraging start but I was surprised that after the 3rd hole the guys didn’t bring it up again and the focus definitely became more towards the golf for them. We did have a good day with each other and played reasonably well but I did get the feeling that they had found out enough about my role and that was that. We had a good finish to the round but missed out on the prizes due to a few poor holes early on by the team as a whole.

As we sat at dinner the guys thought I had played exceptionally well whereas I thought I had just played ok with a few shots being left out there. Was this another case of seeing things from a more pessimistic view or just not really appreciating that everyone sees things differently? I hope to see the guys again if I play next year and Gavin was kind enough to give me his card if I needed him to sort me out with a home report at a reduced price. I think I mentioned to him I was selling our old apartment we used to stay in at the end of the year.

I mentioned at the start I got the answer I was looking for in Edinburgh yesterday as my wife and I were visiting the city for the Fringe. As we walked down from Waverley Station along Princes Street, we saw a man wearing a brown leather jacket which was embroidered with JESUS SAVES and you could read it from 50 yards away. He was standing on the corner shouting the gospel and at first we thought nobody is listening to this man. So many people were just walking by without giving him a second glance and it seemed as though he was wasting his time. It was then that it began to make sense and I realized someone in that street will have listened to that man. I was listening to that man! I had so much respect for him that he could stand there and shout even though it seemed useless, and although I would struggle to share my faith in that way, that was his way of sharing. Everyone has different ways to share because we are all different and although we may not always agree on how to share or see anything from it, someone will listen. We just need to keep sharing.

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
Contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

Also have a look at the up and coming Scottish Golf Event at Prestwick St Nicholas on Friday October 7th and contact Vincent if you wish to play.

Events

Kerr Investments 36 Hole ProAm Qualifier Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club -10/8/16

Kerr Investments 36 Hole ProAm Qualifier
Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club -10/8/16

Logos on Tour atDumfries and Galloway GC

It was a relatively quite July for me due to the Open being on and not much else to play in round about that time and towards the end of the month. The kids summer holidays come into play at this time and I was on child care duty for the last couple of weeks anyway due to my wife covering holidays at her old job. I was hoping to get into the Deer Park Masters due to being one of the first reserves but sadly that did not transpire so my next outing was down to Dumfries for another qualifier.

After a 90 minute drive I arrived at the club at 7.15am which gave me a chance to hit some balls before teeing off at 8.00am. My back had been giving me problems over the last week or so due to a trapped nerve which was not pleasant, but it seemed to be holding up ok with just a small twinge every now and again (the Ibuprofen definitely helped). I was playing with Cameron and Fraser and it didn’t take long for the chat to go to Logos and faith.

At the second hole Cameron asked me what my attachment was so I was able to discuss my faith and my role to which he asked me what type of Christianity that was. I wasn’t sure what he meant by that but he went on to say that he’d spent time in Utah and knew about the Mormons and that some Christians have different branches of faith. This gave me the perfect opportunity to explain that Christianity should be one faith with a common belief and practice, but as humans beings do, we change things along the way to suit our needs thus giving the different offshoots. A few holes later he asked me how long I had been a Christian for to which I was able to give him a brief testimony of how I was born and brought up in the Church but ran away from it for a long time until I felt God calling me back. He mentioned that he is not religious at all but he was interested in my story. We both agreed that each person has to choose their own path in life and I sensed that was enough for him at that point.
Fraser also asked about my attachment midway round and I was able to explain how I came to be in the role after working at Westerwood for so many years. The conversation didn’t go much further than that but at least there was an interest there to be sparked.

Towards the end of the round my back was starting to stiffen up a bit but I managed to finish with a couple of pars for 74 which I thought would have been ok for qualifying as this normally qualifies each year and I had a decent back 9 which counts for a better standing. Fraser also finished with 74 and Cameron was the best of us with 72. All of us had a fair drive home so we did not hang about for long but wished each other well and thought we’d see each other again at the Pro-Am. Later on I found out that 73 was the mark and I am now 6th reserve which will most likely not be required. I am glad for Cameron though and I hope to see him again at another event soon.

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 (Scotland)

Contact Vincent: vb@logosgolfminstries.com

 

Deer Park Masters 36 Hole ProAm Qualifying- Deer Park (7th July 2016)

 Deer Park Masters 36 Hole ProAm Qualifying- Deer Park (7th July 2016)

Logos on the tartan tour at deer park

I always look forward to playing at Deer Park as the course generally suits my eye and I have never played that badly in any event held there. With a decent forecast after a week of rain, I felt good about my game and thought I could score well in this qualifier for the 36 Hole Pro-Am in August. After hitting some balls reasonably well and a practice putt, I realised I did not have a pencil in my bag to mark score, so I nipped to the shop to get one and was charged 30p for the privilege. I know Brexit is having a big effect on the money markets but didn’t think it would happen so soon to a marker pencil!

On the tee I met my playing partner David Lee who works for American Golf in Aberdeen, and due to a late withdrawl there were only the two of us playing in the group. This gave us a good chance to chat and get to know each other better than we normally would if there was the usual threeball, so we got on right away. Even working in retail, David could not believe I’d been charged 30p for a pencil, and yes I was still going on about it half way down the first hole. As we chatted, I asked if David knew fellow Christian Ricky Gray who also worked for American Golf earlier this year, to which he replied Ricky was his store manager in East Kilbride and ultimately helped him on his way to running his own store in Aberdeen. This gave us plenty to talk about regarding Golf and Faith, so for the next few holes we discussed my own story and how I came to be involved with Logos after a very up and down golf journey and what the role entailed. This led to David talking about his time in America when he attended college in the Bible Belt and how some of his best friends were Christians and how normal they were. He also has the utmost respect for Ricky and learned a lot from him, not just in the retail industry, but also how he conducted himself with his faith. Telling someone about Christ is one thing but living the example is what consolidates it.

As we continued with our game David was playing reasonably well but I was struggling a bit after only a few holes and could not seem to get the right results. After having such a positive interaction to start with I began to question if I really should be playing out here as this just wasn’t good enough. Its funny how those negative thoughts creep in at just the right time to try and make you feel worse, so I began to feel pretty deflated and not enjoying the golf. Starting with a couple of solid pars I would not have thought I would have been 8 over after 8 holes but that was the state of play. I thought about the example Ricky had shown to David through their time working together and knew I had to keep it going, but in the right way. I wanted to still chat with David and encourage him because as Golfers and Christians we also have a responsibility to our playing partners. After making that decision everything changed and I played the remainder of the course in 4 under. David couldn’t believe the finish and commended me on my back 9, especially considering a challenging start. Although 4 over is not the score I would have liked, it at least has given me a chance of qualifying for the event as one of the first few reserves. If I do happen to make it to the event I will look back on this as a very important reminder that anything can happen when we put on the right frame of mind.

David and I shared a drink after the round and I was happy to have consolidated another new friendship. I hope to see him again at other events, especially the events up north and will try to keep in touch with him over coming seasons. I wish him well in his career and pray for God to move in his life using other Christians as further examples.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador on the Tartan Tour contact Vince by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

The Northern Open – Royal Dornoch (21st-24th June 2016)

The Northern Open – Royal Dornoch (21st-24th June 2016)

Logos on Tour at Royal Dornoch
A fair trek up to the far north of Scotland took me to one of the best courses in the country. It takes almost 4 hours to reach Dornoch and is similar to traveling from Glasgow to Manchester if you were to go in the opposite direction. The scenery in this part of the world takes your mind off the time though and its no wonder so many Americans travel up this far just to play the course and visit the area. Notable honorary members of Royal Dornoch include HRH Prince Andrew and Tom Watson. Mr Watson once described this as one of his favourite courses which is not a bad advert from one of the best ever players of the game.

The sun was out for most of the time and the temperatures were very pleasant, but we did have a strong wind coming from the south west for most of the tournament which meant the back 9 was predominantly into the wind each day. Make your score on the front and then hold on for the back was the philosophy most were talking about and I had a good few chats over the first couple of days with some guys I knew.

Craig Ronald was on the practice ground hitting balls and we conversed about how he was struggling motivating himself as he felt he was losing interest in the game. He still plays very well and ended up finishing in the top 10 for the event but I got the feeling he was going through the motions with golf at the moment and probably feels he needs a win soon to spark the enthusiasm again. We all search for something extra when we feel we are in a rut and sadly when we get what we want it is not all its cracked up to be. Appreciating what we have is the key and something that so many off us, including myself, forget so easily. He will remain in my thoughts.

My playing partners were Alistair McDonald from Dunniker Park and Craig Mackay who is an amateur and Greenkeeper from Dornoch. The Northern Open is one of the few events on the Tartan Tour where amateurs can play in the event as individuals alongside the professionals and all of them that get into the event generally play very well. As we waited on the tee for the green to clear, we all identified our balls and this gave me an opportunity to explain to the boys about my attachment as Craig asked what course it was linked to. We had a bit of a wait before teeing off due to the 1st being a short par 4 downwind and most of the guys who were hitting driver could reach it, so as soon as the starter, dressed in kilt and all, saw we had drivers he wanted us to wait till the green had fully cleared. This gave me a good opportunity to share about my faith and how I came to be involved with Logos. After we finally got going we had some calm weather for the front 9 due to the protection of the lower valley, but as we turned for home and a more exposed part of the course, we got the true strength of the wind and we had to ‘hold on’ to protect our scores. Alistair struggled a bit coming back along with myself, but Craig played well and completed a good solid round. We were all playing with each other the following day again so I would get the chance to see them again.

That day I also got to speak with Murray Urquart, someone I hadn’t seen for a number of years. Murray used to be at Spey Valley but has since moved to Nairn and is teaching there full-time. He asked me what I’d been up to this past while which allowed me to explain about my personal life and my involvement with the ministry which he seemed pleasantly surprised about. He said it was good I was able to get back out there more and wished me every success. Just as I left Murray, I then bumped into my friend Gareth who had just come off the course not very happy. He had not played much over the past while due to injury and was not pleased with his score. We had a brief chat about the conditions and his knee so we agreed to try and catch up later but sadly I didn’t see him for the rest of the tournament so will try to get in touch with him to arrange a practice game at some point.

The following day brought very similar conditions and the only thing more frustrating than not playing too well on a good course is playing well and not making any birdie putts. It can be very frustrating constantly shaving the hole, especially when you have half a dozen 10 footers for birdie and none drop. A very trying day but the other side of that was I chatted a good bit to Craig and we got to know each other a little better which is a good foundation for future conversation. Alistair really struggled this day and did not say too much but it was understandable given the circumstances.

Looking back at this tournament I really should have made the cut as there were no lost balls or penalty shots, but it just goes to show how something as simple as missing a few birdie putts can be the difference. I was happy for Craig though as he was one of the few amateurs to make it through and played very solid over the whole tournament, and holed his birdie putts when he had the chance. Hitting the ball well looks good but putting is what makes the score. More importantly, I was happy to have the conversations I had and I pray for God to continually move in these areas and for the future conversations I will have going forward.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

 

 

Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
to contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.co.uk

 

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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Pollok Pro-Am (Glasgow) -1st June 2016

Pollok Pro-Am (Glasgow) -1st June 2016
Pollok view of the 1st hole

I had the fortune of playing at Pollok the day before the Pro-Am with one of the members, Ewen Peters. We were meeting to discuss a potential PGA charity event next year which would see Logos Golf Ministries working with another Christian charity and it was great to have a ‘golf course meeting’ which definitely beats sitting around a table. The course was immaculate and Ewen warned me that as the weather was to stay warm and dry, I could expect the course to play a little different the following day and sure enough, he was right!

Another stunning day and no need for a jumper again, I could get used to this and it reminded me of my college days in New Mexico where blue sky was the norm. They often play a shotgun start at Pollok so that everyone can have dinner at the same time and that allows for an earlier prizegiving. This saves the prize winners from hanging about till 8pm and everyone then gets home at a reasonable time. The only down side to this for me was that I had to tee off at the 13th which is the furthest point of the course and a 2000 yard walk, or about 5 par 4’s one after the other. It felt longer.

I was shattered by the time I got there but at least had 10 minutes to relax a bit before my team showed up- in a buggy! At least they were fresh and as they were more mature in years than I, they probably needed it. Jock, Andy and Alistair all came from Dumfries and Galloway and you could tell they liked a laugh as when I explained about my attachment both Jock and Andy looked at each other and said they would need to watch their language with a few expletives. I had to laugh myself and commented that they were welcome to talk as they normally would and not to feel as though they would upset me. I have to say that is the one thing that doesn’t really bother me as I stopped talking like that a long time ago and don’t feel the need to, but know that so many others struggle with it.

After we finally got going I was able to chat with Alistair more as he was walking, whereas Jock and Andy were in the buggy. We chatted about a lot of things including the European vote. We all had a pretty good game and again were looking like we were going to finish well as a team. We birdied the last two holes to post 12 under, a job well done.

When we finished playing Alistair said he would walk back with me to let Jock and Andy get away and drive back to the clubhouse. The walk took us about 20 minutes but we had a great chat about family values and how life has changed over the past 20 years. I shared with him how I went away from church for a long time but felt a ‘shoulder tap’ as if to say ‘there is another path for you’ and he was taken aback at just how much my life had changed in the past 5 years. These are the moments that make my role worth while and I do enjoy the 1 to 1 conversations. As we got to the top of the hill at the 18th we both felt as though we had just played another 18 holes and were glad to finally get a seat in the changing rooms.

Whilst at dinner, we found out we had just lost out to three other teams on a count back which felt a bit sore but never the less we had a good day and its always good to be involved and feel you have a chance. It’s also good to pass on some advice that can be of help to someone too as very often we can get wrapped up in our own issues forgetting that someone else is having it worse than us, poor health or otherwise. We cannot save people but we can help them in more ways than we think. It’s God’s job to do the saving and our job to show he can.

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

you can email Vincent vb@logosgolfminstries.com

 

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