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Northern Open at Lossiemouth – 5/6-8/6

The Moray Golf Club sits right on the coast at Lossiemouth and has hosted a number of high profile amateur and professional events. It is a mixture of fair and testing holes and even on a calm day presents a test golf. What we were about to experience for the event was something nobody could have prepared for.

I managed to make it up for the Monday practice day and got to play 12 holes with a former European Tour player. It was a beautiful evening and as we played the first hole he asked me if I was playing much. This gave me the opportunity to briefly share with him regarding my role with Logos and how I was hoping to get out there more with the support of Christians in Sport going forward. He seemed quite intrigued but did not really mention much about it after that. We spoke about where we played our junior golf as he recognised my face, probably from the old Glasgow Golf Union days, and when I mentioned my home club of Sandyhills the penny dropped for him. I had played his brother in a match in 1991 at Cathkin Braes and he had been watching so the dots were finally joined. We were conscious of the time so instead of playing all the way round we jumped across to the final six holes. Having played the course before we did not really need to go all the way round and it was just nice to get a feel for the place again after 4 hours in the car getting there. When we finished, we wished each other well for the tournament and had no idea of what was to come on Tuesday.

The weather forecast was not good for Tuesday and Wednesday and as I stood on the 1st tee the rain was driving in from the water and showed no signs of letting up. I was playing with players from Panmure and Banchory. If we had been playing any other course it would have been unplayable before lunchtime but Moray has one of the best natural drainage systems I have witnessed, and the course, especially the greens, were playable despite the amount of rain that continued for the rest of the day. Every single golfer on the course was soaked to the skin and was tasked with completing 18 holes which reminded me of that cult Japanese show ‘Endurance’.

One of my partners decided he could not play anymore so left the course after 9 holes. The remaining two of us continued as we felt we had no other option and there was only word to describe the back 9 – horrific. The one positive was that we both chatted away to keep each other going and I did manage to share with him about my role and my faith earlier in the round. He didn’t really enquire about it on the back 9 but that would probably have been the last thing on his mind during the squall we experienced. We kept saying to each other, “Only 6 holes left”, “Only 4 holes left” and any finesse about playing the game had just gone out the window.

We were just managing to hold on to our clubs and get the ball going forward which was success in our eyes. I still could not believe how well the course held up to it, especially the greens, and felt as though we had achieved something special by just finishing the round. Despite our rounds of 81 and 82 respectively, we were sitting around the top 30 out of 90 players. The scores were the highest ever recorded for the 1st round and when former champions  score 19 over and 17 over par for their rounds you can understand how impossible conditions were. Easily the most difficult time I have experienced on a golf course.

I had spoken to one of the organisers briefly on the putting green before play and he already knew about my role from speaking to him at last year’s Northern Open. He was more concerned about the future of the Northern Open due to the event not having a sponsor which has effectively halfed the normal prize money. I half jokingly said maybe we could eventually have a Logos Golf Ministries Northern Open next year depending on how things go. He seemed fine with it and it wasn’t till I said it I thought about how prominent that would be to be sponsoring the second biggest event on the Tartan Tour. Something to pray about.

I was playing with with the same partner for the second round and conditions had eased slightly but there was a lengthy delay in the morning as the rain had continued overnight and parts of the course had started to flood. Eventually we managed a two tee start and two of the holes had to be reduced in length as this was the only way the course would be playable and get everyone out in time. I managed to speak with another player just before the round and he seems keen to participate in the Pro-Am at Dundonald in September so we have almost all our Professionals on board and I just need to speak with a couple more to get our full compliment. A score of 3 over on the second round was not bad but I did leave a couple of shots out there and narrowly missed the cut by the same amount. It was disappointing not to make it through but over the whole I did look back and feel I did pretty much the best I could have done given the conditions. Also, It was a pretty tough cut mark with only the top 32 going through.

Sometimes circumstances can seem very unfair and in an ideal world everything would be in place for things to go the way we plan. Golf is one of those games that is not like that at all and making the best of what we are given definitely gives us a better perspective. Although disappointed not to make the cut, I left Lossiemouth with some confidence and an element of contentment as for the most part I did the best I could. I will take this forward with me and know it will help me in the future.

God is always at work and he always has a plan even if things don’t go the way we would like. I was on the reserve list for the Cawder Pro-Am last week and although I didn’t get to play due to a smaller field than usual, I had the opportunity to play with fellow Christian golfer and his friend. The former has booked a team in the Pro-Am and we have also been talking about his church golf day he is organising that would have Christians and non Christians attending sometime in August. These are exciting times for the ministry in Scotland and I look forward to the plans God has for us. Let’s be honest, If we knew everything that was going to happen it would all be a bit boring wouldn’t it?

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the future of the ministry.

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

 

Rowallan 36 Hole PGA Event – 9th & 10th May, 2017

Rowallan Castle Logos on TouRowallan 36 Hole PGA Event – 9th & 10th May, 2017

The PGA events have been a bit later in starting due a lot more of the events being played later on this year around September and October. I think this is due to weather conditions and it being milder at that time of year compared to March and April. This might work quite well and could be the template for future seasons, especially with the winter alliance events running up to April anyway.

I had never played Rowallan Castle before and was interested to play a Colin Montgomerie course for the first time. A practise round on the Friday before definitely helped as there were a lot of holes that required specific tee shots due to well placed bunkers. Monty obviously imagined how he would have played the course and accuracy was a big part of his game.

The first day I played with Michael from Edzell and Campbell from Strathclyde Park. There was not much conversation during the game until the end of the round, but on the 1st Tee I got to chat to the guys about what I was doing as Michael was sure we’d played together before and he asked me to remind him of what I was up to these days. Always good to get in there early. When we got to the second hole I experienced some adversity that seemed to follow me through the round but when I look back on it I smile and just shake my head. I hit my ball into the hazard on the second hole which I thought may have caught up on the bank and not actually went in. As I stopped to look and crossed over the hazard I parked the trolley. While I was looking I heard Campbell shouting, ‘Vincent, your bag!’. As I stood on the other side of the burn I witnessed my bag rolling into the water and almost fully submerging without being able to do much about it. When I finally fished it out and emptied the water I then had to go back to play another ball which resulted in a 7 at the par 3. I looked on the positive side that it was a nice warm day so everything dried within a few holes. Small Mercies.
By the time I got to the 11th hole I was still only 4 over so had played all the other holes in even par and felt quite good but then experienced something that believe it or not has helped me more than anything this year. I made an 11 on the 11th hole. Yes, that is correct and yes it helped me a great deal. The hardest hole on the course has out of bounds all the way down the left of the hole and I have been fighting a slight pull recently. I tried to trust the swing but the balls just kept going out of bounds. After this experience I was still able to finish the final half a dozen holes in 1 over and mulled over how I could have prevented what happened. It wasn’t till the second day that I understood why this happened and what needed to change.

I have always been a great believer in what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and when you read the scriptures it is filled with stories of individuals overcoming tremendous adversity to fulfil God’s purpose. My adversity is nothing compared to what they went through but it is my own personal fight and one that I try and do on my own maybe too often. I don’t give up easily and always try to keep going but as I was playing my second round with a young lad from Paisley called Euan, it became clear what I must do.
Euan is just staring out in his career, and at 17 years old I could see the enthusiasm and desire to do well. I was able to chat to him briefly regarding my role but I could see his mind was focused on the game more than anything and talking about the top professionals and how good they are. We were both playing fairly well, and I managed to make it by the 2nd hole with a dry bag! What I could see in Euan was myself 25 years ago. So eager to play well and getting very frustrated when things don’t go your way. He was being very hard on himself and openly admitted he lets bad shots get to him. As I have gotten older and hopefully a bit wiser, I am not anywhere as bad as I used to be, but from making an 11 on a hole when not playing that badly and watching Euan at his young age, I realised that I was still trying too hard and my expectations were too high for now. I need to play to my strengths and look at the best route for me, not so much how someone else does it. Everything that is worth while takes time and I know God’s plan for the ministry will work hand in hand with my own performance and the example I will set for others no matter where it is.

I encouraged Euan not to let things get to him so much as I was speaking from experience and know it will not help him to be so hard on himself. He seemed to take it well and I hope I see him again soon to keep encouraging him.

Another positive note was that I got the chance to speak with 6 of the Professionals who I was planning to invite to the Pro-Am this year and all of them responded positively to attending in September. Only a few more to speak with and then we will have our full compliment of Professionals for the event.

Please pray for myself, the Pro-Am and 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
To get in touch with Vincent email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

Alliance at Lanark – 20/03/07

Alliance at Lanark – 20/03/07

scenery at lanark golf club
The last time I played at Lanark was in the Alliance at the same time last year. It was a bitterly cold day with ground conditions verging on being unplayable, so it was nice to stand on the 1st tee with sun and blue sky, despite having to wrap up well due to a strong westerly wind. I was optimistic that the weather would calm down and we could have a nice dry day, how wrong I was.
My playing partner was Dominic, a former greenkeeper who played his golf out of Drumpellier and played off an impressive +2. As we started off I immediately got to share with him regarding my attachment as the first thing he asked me was what course I played out of. This can sometimes be a general query from amateurs to professionals but I prefer to think most of the questions put to me are a result of seeing ‘Logos Golf Ministries’ in black and white and that sparks an interest. It was fairly pleasant as we played the first couple of holes so this gave us a good chance to talk and we actually got through quite a bit regarding both our lives and work in the space of 20 minutes, even managing to hit some shots in between!
As we finished the 3rd hole, I would like to say I was surprised by the snow that hit us for around 5 minutes but I wasn’t. Living in Scotland gives the unique experience of unpredictable weather at any time and we saw everything possible from that moment. After the short blizzard we then had a few holes of 40 mph winds (with blue sky) followed by a mixture of rain and hail till we got to the back nine. There was then a very short lull for 1 hole where all the waterproofs had to come off as it was too warm and dead calm. The wind then got going again till the end of the round and we had to get suited up to defend against the driving rain coming in at a 45 degree angle until we got to the 16th. We didn’t get to chat much over this period apart from just encouraging each other to keep going and that we were ‘nearly there’. We said that quite a few times over the back nine.
We finished off with the Sun on our backs and just a slight breeze, the funny part being I’m sure I heard someone who just walked into the clubhouse saying, ‘Looks like its going to be a nice afternoon for a few holes’. Dominic made a fairly sharp exit as he had to head off but I wished him well and enjoyed his company and playing. He hopes to go through his PGA diploma soon and I will look out for him on the circuit should he do so. A good player and a nice lad and I hope I meet him again soon.

I was doing a lesson the other day with a family that I teach on and off and I got the chance to share with them regarding the work I do for the ministry and the Pro-Am. I hadn’t really thought about it before but I have been coaching them for a couple of years now and there had never really been an opportunity to talk like that. They are interested in attending the Pro-Am so it just goes to show how timing is very important and how the right time can make the difference.
No matter what is thrown at us, we keep going and trust that God will take us through, preparing us for the right times that lie ahead. 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

 

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

 

 

 

Scotland Golfers Alliance Championship | Irvine | 4th & 5th October, 2016

Scotland Golfers Alliance Championship
(Irvine)
4th & 5th October, 2016

Logo on the Tartan Tour at irvine-irvine-bogside

The Scottish Alliance Championship is an event that comprises of the four Alliance associations- North, South, East & West.

This year the event was run by the West Alliance so the venue was at Irvine Bogside in Ayrshire.

After being away for a week in Fuerteventura to visit my father in law, it seemed a little chilly although the temperature was a mild 14 degrees for the time of year (It was 28 degrees in Fuerteventura!). A brisk wind was brewing and I knew this would be a tough day as Irvine is tricky enough at the best of times, never mind with the wind. I was fortunate enough to arrange a meeting with the Scottish PGA Secretary, Shona Malcolm, while I was in Irvine and we discussed the possibility of a Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am for next year. The PGA are more than happy to put this event on the calendar so once we have confirmed the venue this event will be going ahead next Autumn – Good news for the ministry and details to follow in the new year!

After hitting a few balls I made my way to the tee and my playing partner for the next couple of days would be Gary from the North Alliance. I got to give him the brief details of my role with Logos before we teed off and initially he seemed quite surprised, but as we played round he did not ask anything else about it and I definitely got the feeling he wanted to avoid the subject as we spoke about everything else but that. A very difficult 25 mph wind blew for the rest of the day and it seemed as though every hole was playing into the wind. Not a great scoring day and the scores for the event showed this apart from the early starters who got it a bit calmer – how dare they!

Again, we were teeing off a bit later the next day and it seemed as though the wind had stayed the exact same. I was told it was like this all morning so the whole field had to play under the same conditions. I did feel slightly better but then realised I still had to go and tough it out again. What happened today really showed me something that was strange but encouraging. Gary did not mention anything regarding my role or ask any questions about it. I kind of figured that was going to happen after yesterday but I still remained open for the rest of my time there. As I played round I experienced a change in my golf and I really felt I was swinging well and playing well despite the strong wind. As I kept going I began to forget about the score and just thought about how my body was moving. This was how it should feel and I was striking the ball better than ever. The wind was still making it tough and putting was not easy. As I walked off I had scored 80 but felt as though I had played extremely well and learned something that was going to change my game for the future. Gary and I thanked each other for our company over the last couple of days in tough conditions and said our goodbyes before heading home. Irvine had won over the two days but I felt I had taken away not just the good news of the Pro-Am for next year, but an experience that will last and will take me to the next level of my playing.

Sometimes going through the tough times is when we really learn what we need to. We might not see it right away and we might feel as though we are fighting a losing battle, but by being aware of what is going on around us and persevering towards the end we can always learn something, and that something may have already came up years ago but we simply forgot about it.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for the growth of the ministry leading to the Logos Pro-Am next year.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

Vincent Brown Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador and PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

Drumpellier Pro-Am – 03/09/2016

Drumpellier Pro-Am – (3/9/16)

logos-on-tour-at-drumpellier-golf-club

Last year I did not play particularly well at this event but had some good chats with some of the other Pros which is always positive. I was not quite prepared for what was to happen today but I know that God’s plan for the ministry in Scotland has now moved up a gear and I am excited to see where he is going to take us.

On arrival to the club something felt a bit different and I couldn’t put my finger on it. As I entered the clubhouse I checked in with the PGA and was about to go for a practice putt when I was offered a breakfast voucher to which I initially declined. As I walked away I thought to myself I would just go back and have a quick roll and a tea before going out as I thought it was just about to rain, so I turned back and accepted the ticket. As I sat in the lounge I was approached by my team members who introduced themselves as David, Maurice and David. Right away they all asked me what club I represented so that gave me a great chance to sit at the table and have their full attention as I explained my role and my faith. To my surprise, Maurice mentioned that he was also a Christian and was quite active in his church. As we sat and chatted away I felt this was a real divine moment as Maurice seemed to know so many people who he felt could be good for progressing the Golf ministry. Heading to the 1st tee I felt uplifted by the start to the day and this carried on to the course. It has been a while since I felt so comfortable playing and I definitely sensed a real calm about the day combined with a bit of excitement as to what the future held for Logos Scotland. We continued chatting all the way round and the guys even mentioned that they might be able to make it to the Golf Day in October but apart from that we had forged a real friendship and I knew this meeting was no accident.

At dinner I got to sharing my vision of a Logos Golf Ministries Pro-Am next year and all the guys agreed they would be happy to support this by purchasing a team so the day could not have went any better, apart from the one blip of dropping a shot as usual at my dreaded 17th hole to finish 1 over. We exchanged email addresses before leaving and Maurice and I have since been in touch to arrange meeting up again.

I almost wasn’t going to enter for this Pro-Am but felt I should, and even when I spoke with the PGA asking if I could have a later tee-time, I got 9.20am?

Sometimes when it appears things are not going in the right direction we need to trust that God is in control and what he has waiting for us is far better than what we could organise through our own understanding. I know there are great things to come and I look forward to meeting the people he will place in my path.

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 on the Tartan Tour
Contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

Scottish PGA Championship Qualifying – Crieff (31/8/16)

Scottish PGA Championship Qualifying – Crieff (31/8/16)

Logos on the Tartan Tour at Crieff for the PGA  Qualifier

It was back to Crieff again for the Scottish PGA Championship Qualifying and a dramatic change in the format meant only 16 qualifiers spaces were up for grabs. This was due to the event being moved to October and only a field of 66 players allowed at Gleneagles. A very small field for this tournament which normally would have 128 players playing, but now a more ‘exclusive’ event.

I was playing with an old acquaintance, Paul Arthur, who I had not seen in over 10 years and when he told me he hadn’t played a competitive game in 7 years I thought he was kidding as the swing hadn’t changed and he could still play just as well as he did back in the day. We teed off quite early so didn’t get held up at all going round and it almost felt like a bounce game instead of a PGA tournament. I had briefly touched upon my attachment on the 1st tee with him and this must have sparked his interest as he brought it up again around the 6th tee which gave me a great opportunity to tell him my own story of how I had ran away from my faith and then embraced it over the recent years culminating in my ambassador role with the ministry. We chatted all the way up the hole and in between shots I emphasised that if anyone wanted to talk to me about Christianity or their faith then I was more than happy to listen and chat but would never force anything onto anyone as that was not how it worked. Paul agreed that was the best way to do it and in today’s political climate we do have to be careful how we say things and not offend anyone. I think he was intrigued how my role worked and was surprised that I was willing to accept a role like that knowing how difficult it would be, but all in all he showed a fair interest and that was positive.

It was a tough day with the wind gusting round the tree line and Paul was playing fairly well, but sadly I really struggled and never really got things going. A combination of the wind and knowing I would probably have to shoot a really low score due to the few qualifying spots left me out of contention after chasing it a bit. I was pleased for Paul though who got into a playoff and managed to get the final spot. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t played much competitively over the years but he always was a consistently solid player and it has not left him.

It now looks like I’ll be playing in the Scottish Alliance Championship at Irvine in October instead of at Gleneagles but I will try again next year as we only fail when we stop trying. My game has been slowly improving due to some extra work I have been putting in over the past month, but like anything else we will always have some steps back before we can really move forward and continuing to learn from these times is the key.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and also for the growth of the ministry through the events and the conversations to come.

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 vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

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