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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