Pollok Pro-Am (Glasgow) -1st June 2016
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, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour
you can email Vincent firstname.lastname@example.org