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Douglas Park Pro-Am – August 2017

Douglas Park Golf Club hosts one of the few Pro-Ams that I always play in each year due to where it is and there is always a healthy support for this Pro-Am, meaning plenty of Professionals required for it. After the weather of the previous 2 days I was not even sure if the event would go ahead but no messages from the PGA that morning so business as usual.

On arrival I made my way to the practice putting green to find a very wet and spongy surface which was not great to putt on. The alarm bells were going off already and I could see a number of puddles down the 1st and 18th holes. The course was probably borderline for playing and if this had been a Saturday medal I’m sure it would not have gone ahead. The problem the officials have in these circumstances is that a lot of money and planning goes into organizing a Pro-Am, so unless there are rivers running down the fairways and lakes on the greens they will always try and go ahead. The alternative is to rearrange for another day which is very hard to do at this stage in the year.

None of my playing partners had played the course before. As we walked down the 1st hole I got chatting to one of them about my role with the ministry as he asked what club I was at due to the announcement on the tee of my attachment. Its always good to get in there early and I got to give him a fairly comprehensive explanation before we finished the hole. I also had a moment with another partner around the 5th hole where he asked, “So what’s Logos Ministries then?”. He had obviously been thinking about it for a bit and then felt he had to ask, so this was another good chat which lasted for the duration of the hole. He thought it was good idea to have something like that on the tartan tour and was quite impressed we have got an event on the calendar. As usual this year, the weather changed from being fairly calm to being wet and windy. It was a tough slog for the back 9 with the course playing it’s full length, and Douglas Park’s greens are difficult enough when dry never mind being spongy with the amount of rain they had taken over the past days. All the scores that day were quite high due to this and definitely added to an ‘off’ day for me.

On completion of our round we headed to the lounge for dinner and we sat and had a good chat about various things from the Ministry to Golf Equipment. Despite the round falling short of all our expectations we thoroughly enjoyed each others company and will try too keep in touch. One of my partners, being an retired golf club maker, has even offered to meet up with me before next season to have a look at my equipment so that he can assure me of the shafts being ‘pured’ and balanced. Without getting into the science too much this is a great offer even with a new set of clubs and I will definitely meet with him over a few holes at some point before the end of the season.

Just as I was about to leave I bumped into a fellow Pro and friend  who had finished tied  for 1st place that day. He has struggled recently with his knee and even had surgery on it this year so is only now getting back to playing more. He asked me how things were going and I mentioned to him about the Logos Pro-Am in September. He is going to see if he can bring a team to the event as he would like to attend as one of the Professionals but will see how his knee is holding up. I pray he can make it. Overall, a very encouraging day despite the course conditions and nothing better than a chance meeting. Is there such a thing??

A very quick mention of thanks to my friend Ewan Forgie who invited me to the Grace Church Golf Day at Falkirk Tryst on Friday. This gave a great opportunity for Christians and Non-Christians to play golf with each other and I was especially privileged to share a brief story of my journey after a very enjoyable game and meal. During the day I was able to speak with my playing companion Aidan regarding the Ministry in more detail and we had a really good chat over dinner which I think will result in us meeting up again for a game. A real gentleman and a terrific golfer who along with 80 year old Jimmy was a pleasure to play with. By the way, Jimmy plays off an 8 handicap and still hits it pretty good – incredible.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for future conversations.

In his Service,

Vincent


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

KERR INVESTMENTS PRO-AM QUALIFYING – AUGUST 2017

Kerr Investments 36 Hole Pro-Am Qualifying

An early rise again for my journey down to Dumfries as I was off at 8.10am, and it takes about 90 minutes to get there. A beautiful morning was provided for my birthday and driving through the hills of the M74 with the blue sky above was clear evidence of God’s creation.

After arriving I got myself sorted and made my way to the tee. I was looking forward to the day but this course has always presented me with some issues due to the small quirky greens and subtle breaks. Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club is not by any means a difficult course but the one word I would use – tricky. When I got to the tee I was the first of my group to arrive and chatted to one of the PGA officials. He mentioned that I had been playing more this year which had seen some better results recently. The two of us were more pleased at the fact we were both wearing short sleeves and dry due to the number of events this year that both of us got soaked.

My playing partners were from East Kilbride and Turnhouse and after the usual introductions and ball identification we got started fairly sharp. It is sometimes unusual for my playing partners not to ask about my attachment but this is more common amongst the younger players which both boys were. I thought it was going to be one of those quiet rounds again but both boys surprised me by asking about Logos half way into the round – both on the same hole. This gave me quite a good opportunity to share about my role and my faith and I was pleased they seemed interested. Both boys were respectful lads and decent players and as they are not long into their PGA careers I will continue to look out for them and see how they get on.

The one thing I am very aware of now is whatever situation I find myself in I need to deal with whatever comes at me and make the best of it. During the round I hit my ball into one of the bunkers and as I walked up to see the lie, I was disappointed to find the ball was so far buried in the sand, I had no shot out. This is very unusual and a result of there being too much sand in the bunker. I attempted the shot knowing I could not get the ball out but simply trying to move it to a better position in the bunker. After finally getting out in two shots I missed a 6-foot putt for a bogey and walked off feeling slightly miffed.

It can feel really frustrating getting a bad break like that, but I look at it from the point of view that if I hadn’t put it in the bunker I would not have been in that situation, and I tried my best with each shot so can’t really complain. God is always with us even in unfair situations and he allows us to see the situation for what it really is which teaches us and strengthens us for the future. Despite not qualifying by a couple of shots I was pleased that I still gave myself a chance of qualifying by continuing on with some decent play and not letting that moment affect me. We never know what can happen until the game is over and I will be back next year to try again. We only ever really fail when we give up.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report,

In His service,


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

DEER PARK MASTERS – AUGUST 2017

Deer Park Masters – 1st & 2nd August

A month after qualifying for this 36-hole Order of Merit Pro-Am, I was back at Deer Park to do it all over again. A course I always enjoy and was looking forward to the two days ahead. The top 25 players in the country along with the 25 qualifiers make up the 50-player field for the professional event and this is a good test of where your game is compared to the better players.

On the first day I was playing in a fourball and we were blessed with some decent weather for a change. These events always work on a shotgun start due to the number of teams playing over the 2 days, so we started at the 16th hole which means there is no announcement on the tee, just a horn that sounds at the allocated tee time. 

Early on in the round I got to chatting with one of the group about my role with Logos and was encouraged that he was also a Christian. This led to sharing a brief testimony on the 4th hole which does not happen very often but is nice to share your own story when you get the chance. Overall we enjoyed a decent game and everyone contributed to the team score at some point so we ended up with a respectable 6 under which, although it did not win any prizes, was by no means the worst score of the day. I exchanged contact details with the Christian and will keep in touch with him going forward regarding any future developments in that area.

Due to my score on the first day I was out in the afternoon with the leaders on day 2, so it was nice not to have to get up too early. I was to start at the 11th hole that day which is not too far from the clubhouse, so not far to walk before teeing off which is always a bonus with shotgun events. 

I was playing with two good players that afternoon. One was a 5 handicap and the other used to play on the Alps tour but was no longer a pro and now played off Scratch. One of them asked me on the tee where I was based due to my attachment, so this gave me an opportunity to explain my role as we had a 10 minute wait before we teed off. The guys did not really say anything else about it so I did not push things after that. 

 The other player was a very good ball striker and you could tell he was a quality player from the off. Sometimes it can be difficult when a playing partner is striking the ball so well and you feel you need to keep up with them, but I have learned only too well that the score on the card is what counts and everyone benefits from playing to their own strengths rather than trying to do it like someone else. 

The weather did not help us after the first few holes and it got extremely wet for the remainder of the round. The course was touch and go with greens filling up but we continued on with the help of the greenkeepers rolling the greens to keep the water at bay.

A final round of 1 over for me in difficult conditions was a decent score and I was happy with 19th place overall. For just a team of 3 players, another team score of 6 under was a good result also in those conditions.

I have felt a real calming influence over my golf recently and I know God is with me more than ever, especially in the difficult circumstances. It’s very easy to wait till things are a mess before we turn to God but as soon as we feel anything coming against us we should pray right away for peace of mind to see clearly, and then we can effectively tackle the job at hand. 

Because of this I now enjoy the adversity in my golf because I see it as a challenge to overcome instead of a problem stopping me from my goal. It has been said that ‘golf is not a game of perfect’ and I would argue that could be said of life itself. Every golfer plays best when he realises what shots he can get the best results from and this is course management at its best. Prayer definitely helps with our life management.

Please pray for future meetings and those mentioned in this report.

In His service,

Vincent


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

Bothwell Castle ProAm – July 2017

Bothwell Castle Pro-Am 23/7

It’s been a while since I have been to Bothwell and although a course full of straight forward holes it has some very tricky greens that are difficult to read. A decent forecast meant short sleeves which has been a very rare occurrence this year. No complaints.

I was playing with 3 members from Bothwell. I met one as I walked to the tee and realised we had met before as he was a member at my old club, Westerwood. Right away we chatted about what we had been up to and he asked about what club I was with now, so that gave me the chance to explain my attachment and ambassador role before we even hit a ball. As we got started I was able to get the opportunity to speak with the other 2 also. The third hole was where one asked me about my ‘club’ and by the 5th hole the other had also enquired about my attachment which allowed me to explain a bit more about Christians in Sport and how we are all working with each other going forward. One seemed more interested in my Foster Care duties and linked this with my faith which I suppose is one of the main reasons I was involved in that work. During these conversations it was apparent that the guys were intrigued by what they had heard but not confident enough to take the conversation to the next level. I had given them enough to think about and they focused more on the golf for the back 9.

Apart from a couple of showers, it was a warm and sunny afternoon and the team played well with no bogeys leadingto a 10 under par total. Not quite good enough for the top 5 but everyone played their part and a decent showing. As we sat at dinner with the final round of the Open on television,we discussed the topic of technology in golf and we were all in agreement some limitations need to be in place for the future of the game. Players are always looking for more distance, and balls and clubs are always offering more. With some tour players hitting the ball 350 yards now, golf is seen as a power game, which is not how it was originally intended. Is the game in danger of looking too easy on television which makes it boring?? An interesting thought.

Final thought – In life we are always looking for more and when we get it then circumstances change so that we need something else. It seems we are never truly fulfilled by anything on this earth but only through God we can see and appreciate everything for what it is – temporary.

Next stop is the Deer Park Masters in August.
In his service,


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

 

Deer Park Masters Qualifying & AAM Scottish Open Qualifying – July 2017

Deer Park Masters & AAM Scottish Open Qualifying

A very busy week this week with two visits to Deer Park and Barassie for qualifying events so I will try to condense this into one report without rambling on too much.

Deer Park

The Deer Park Masters is one of the main order of merit events of the year and an event I enjoy playing due to the course and a fantastic buffet lunch. This qualifying event normally consists of around 60 players playing for 25 spots, so 75 or 76 normally gets you in to a 50 player Pro-Am field played over two days. On my visit I managed to catch up with an old contact. He and I have not spoken much over the past year but it was good to chat with him and I was very happy that he has agreed to participate in the Logos Pro-Am at Dundonald this year. Please pray for him going forward as I know he could be a great man for God but struggles with the ‘Christian thing’.

I was playing with pros from Musselburgh and Bothwell Castle at 8.27am, an early time which was supposed to be catching the better weather, but half way down the 1st hole the brolly was in use. Both lads were relatively young again and the conversation was quite slow with very little mentioned regarding my attachment.

After 9 holes I made my way to the 10th tee to find out from one that the other had just left the course without saying much. He was not playing well but thought he might have carried on or at least said something. We were now just a 2 ball and we started chatting a bit more about our background as we had a bit more time due to moving along quicker. He didn’t really comment much regarding my role and I didn’t want to push it but we did find out more about each other and I feel this has laid something for the future. He is a nice lad and a very solid golfer who I think will do well in years to come. I look forward to speaking with him again and hope future conversations go further. Both of us qualified comfortably with rounds of 71 & 73 (he was 71) and I will look for him when we return to the event in August.

AAM Scottish Open Qualifier – Barassie

Barassie is one of Scotland’s well known links courses and has hosted numerous qualifying events when the Open has been at Troon or Turnberry, so is very well respected. I played a practice round with a fellow pro on the Friday and was glad I did as the layout had changed since last time I played it.

A very tight course with lots of tricky tee shots and knowing the right club to hit off the tee is imperative. He and I managed to get round the 18 holes but he was really struggling with his game due to a debilitating knee condition and he was trying to ‘find something to work with’ before the tournament started.

He was contemplating not playing in the event, but I said to him to wait and see how he felt the next day. I mentioned to him that we have almost got our full compliment of teams for the Pro-Am booked but he was definitely more interested in his golf, which was understandable given he was struggling so much. He felt a bit better towards the end and the last few holes gave him a bit of confidence which was good. He has just become a father and must have a lot going on just now so please remember him in your thoughts and I will continue to check in with him as the year goes on.

During the first round of the event I was playing with pros from Peebles and Inverness. A very blustery day but warm and sunny which was a first for me this year. It felt strange to play with short sleeves but I wasn’t complaining. There were quite a few people about around the 1st tee so it was good to get the announcement of my attachment with so many people to hear. The boys did not really say much at all during the course of the round but I managed to chat with one of them’s dad, who was walking round with him, and got to explain my role with the ministry as he seemed quite intrigued by who I was representing.

A good chat and another seed planted. As we got to the end of the round, both the boys had struggled, but one really began to get annoyed and frustrated which ended in a few choice words after a couple of shanks. I wanted to go over to him and tell him from personal experience that anger really doesn’t help but I knew he was not in the frame of mind to take anything in.

I wouldn’t say that I struck the ball much better than the boys, but to finish 5 to 10 shots ahead of them showed that frame of mind is something that can take shots off or add them on. I know that my faith has helped me in my golf and I don’t let anger and frustration affect me as much as I used to. I know I have a job to do and part of that is being an example to others I play with, which can simply be how I act on the course. It is much more enjoyable to play golf when you’re calm, trust me.

The second day I was out with two other guys in the middle of the field so just wanted to get a good round in to finish higher up in the top half. To qualify for the Scottish Open you had to finish in the top 4 out of 130 so it was a very tough school with the standard of players there. My target was to finish top 50 which would have got me a cheque.

As we waited to play it started raining and we all huddled in the tent at the 1st tee. With about 10 people there the starter asked about my attachment. It’s not often there are so many people there to hear about my role but a good opportunity to share to those who may not have heard. One of my playing partners has already agreed to play in the Logos Pro-Am so it was good to consolidate that and as we played round we had some good chats about the vision for the Logos events and how this would help the Tartan Tour.

A very wet day for the final round and I found out that my waterproof trousers are no longer waterproof. I will need to rectify this soon as we simply cannot guarantee good weather for our Scottish summers, whatever they used to be! It was tough playing round but I just focused on doing the best I could which kept me in a good frame of mind. A dry few holes to finish and a ten foot put on the last hole placed me inside the top 50 for the Professionals and secured me a welcome payday. Never giving up with the right attitude is not only one of the keys to golf, but life itself.

Overall, a decent few days with progress made on all fronts and I look forward to the future events leading up to our Pro-Am. Please pray for all mentioned in this report and for what God has for us in the near future.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathgate Pro-Am (Bathgate) -24/6/17

This was my first Pro-Am of the year due to a number of reduced Pro-Am fields, which resulted in a couple of reserve spots that I didn’t get the call for. A sign of the financial times again sadly rearing its head, but Bathgate is always a well supported event and always will be. Pro-Am fields are normally between 30-40 teams but over the past months we have seen this drop to 20-30 teams on average. This means there are more players looking for spots which have to be allocated on a rotation basis with only the top 15 in the previous years order of merit guaranteed a place. A bit frustrating when trying to organise a schedule but will most likely mean a 5/10 ratio this year as opposed to a 7/10 ratio in years gone by. At least this doesn’t affect the Order of Merit events and will still provide a decent amount of event this year.

Another very blustery day was brewing and it feels like I have still to play a competitive event this year in calm conditions. We teed off at 9.10am and my team were three members of the junior section of the club and aged between 15-17. All were decent players with single figure handicaps and after hitting the opening drives I was fairly impressed. I felt like the ‘Dad’ of the group as I was old enough to be their father by quite a few years. This gave me a bit of a reality check and I thought to myself it’s now official – I need to accept I’m middle-aged! I’d been kidding myself for the past few years on this issue and the fact I have a 21 year old son should have tipped me off but I was in denial.

Normally when I am introduced on the tee or identifying my logo ball this sparks some comment regarding my attachment. The boys did not say anything about this and I left it till the 2nd hole when we were walking up the fairway and one of them asked where I was from, so this gave me a brief opportunity to share a bit about my background. They were all very pleasant lads but after this brief chat they didn’t really give me much opportunity for the rest of the round to share much of anything else. To be fair, the wind got up quite a bit not long after we started and it is always difficult to cultivate conversation in these conditions, but the boys were very quiet and chatted amongst themselves on odd occasions.

The scores showed just how tough it was with only 1 player breaking par. This was due to 30-40mph winds and very fast greens that were possibly too fast for the conditions. Yes, there were quite a few 3 putts during the game.

On conclusion of the round we retired to the lounge for our lunch and again the conversation was quite slow, but I’m not sure if this was just due to the boys’ age or they maybe felt uncomfortable with what I shared with one of them earlier. As I said, all nice enough lads but probably too quiet for what I would normally expect. After I said my goodbyes and wished them well, I left the clubhouse and bumped into a player, who is going to be playing in the Logos Pro-Am in September. He is now going to join me for a practice round at Barassie next Friday in preparation for the Scottish Open and this will give us a good opportunity for a chat during our round. It’s amazing how a couple of minutes can make a difference.

What I learned from this day was that there may be times we feel there is not much we can do. We maybe struggle to see the value in the time spent and think more could have been done, but there will always be something of value, even if it is a moment. As always, nothing is wasted and remaining open to anything that comes along can reap a reward.

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

 

 

 

 

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 Irvine Monday 3rd April & East v West Match Thursday 6th April 2017

Alliance at Irvine Monday 3rd April & East v West Match Thursday 6th April 2017

Logos on Tour at Bruntsfield Links

 

With both of these days so close to each other I have combined the two reports into one. The last Alliance medal round was at Irvine and the East of Scotland V West of Scotland Match is always held at Bruntsfield Golfing Society Links, Edinburgh.
Irvine as always presented a stern test with yet more wind just for a wee change. I was paired with Frank and John who were decent single figure handicappers and I remembered them from about 20 years ago playing around the amateur circuit when I was just a lad. Frank remembered me right away but I had never really met John before, only knew his name from seeing it around back then. As we got going Frank asked me what I was up to these days which gave me a good chance to share about my life and where I was with my faith. The condensed version took about 5 minutes and I think I might have tried to squeeze too much in as I could see the shell-shocked look on his face, but he seemed to take it ok. John didn’t really say much, but again we had such strong winds that day so conversation was limited.
Each of us were playing in the East v West match a couple of days after so we used the round more like a bit of practise for that with the conditions worsening as the day went on. As we finished the round we were happy to get home and looked forward to a better forecast for Edinburgh. Not much else to mention about Irvine unfortunately but we take what we can get.

Every Alliance so far this year has been the windiest day of the week bar none and it has felt like a slog every time we have been out. Thankfully when we reached Edinburgh there seemed to be a calmer clear day on the horizon and this was the first day of the season that I had not needed to wear a waterproof suit. It was still chilly, but dry and playable, and I was very thankful for that. Before play I met with Crowwood Pro, Ian Graham and his father in the clubhouse. They were also playing for the West and I was able to sit and have a bacon roll and chat about how things were going. This gave me a good chance to talk about the family, work and the ministry to which they seemed quite intrigued. A good sharing time that I wasn’t expecting.
We play foursomes in the morning and then singles in the afternoon with one of our foursome opponents. My playing partner was Jim who is friends with Frank and John. Jim and I were playing against Colin and David from the East of Scotland and right away Jim started the conversation on the first tee. He asked me where I was playing my golf out of, hence the attachment, and this was just as half a dozen people gathered round us, including Colin and David, which allowed me to speak to about 6 people at that moment about my role with the ministry and my faith. It was quite a surreal moment but its amazing how these encounters come about. Jim then commented, “So your out spreading the word then.”
As we started our match Jim began to share with me about his family and how he introduced his children to their faith as he wanted them to have a choice as to what they wanted to believe in. I explained to him that I basically ran away from my faith for such a long time because I thought that was what I wanted then, but realised what a mistake I had made. Jim definitely gave me the impression that he has a ‘faith’ but is not quite sure of which denomination to trust. I spoke about how many times as Christians we can get lost in denominations when the real faith is in the title -CHRISTian, we believe in Christ. This is the basis of our faith in God and our salvation, and if we could just see past the cloudiness of denomination what a united and powerful people we could be. A good chat.
Jim and I managed to win our match in the morning and after lunch Colin and I played singles which gave us more time to converse. Colin didn’t really go there much regarding what I had said on the first tee that morning but spoke more about golf in general and his experiences in competitive golf. I managed to throw in a couple of small bites regarding the ministry during the afternoon, but there was no continued interest or questions so I left it alone until otherwise asked. After our match, which I lost on the last hole, we gathered in the Clubhouse for the presentation and I’m pleased to say the West retained the trophy, 13-11.

A long and tiring day playing 2 rounds but well worth it and I look forward to this match next year which gives some great opportunities due to the nature of the event. Please pray for those mentioned in this report and for God’s continued blessing on the ministry. His will, not mine.

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

 

Logos Golf Ministries Pro Am | Dundonald Links | 28th September 2017

 

Scottish Pro Am Golf Day

The Logos Golf Ministries Pro Am will be held at Dundonald links on Thursday 28th September and we are now officially open for team entries.

The price for a team of 3 players will be £350 and this entitles you to breakfast on arrival, 18 holes on the 2017 Scottish Open venue with an experienced PGA professional plus dinner. Please bear in mind this is a great price for the venue as most Pro-Ams cost around £450- £500 at your average members club.

For those who would like to book a team please contact me by email  Vincent Brown at vb@logosgolfministries.com or call 07590 588730 and I will then instruct you on the payment procedure. All payments are to be made before 31st May 2017 and prompt payment is appreciated.

There are limited places for this event so please enter as soon as possible to reserve your team. I look forward to welcoming you to Dundonald on the day and thank you for your support.

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

 

Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador to the Tartan Tour in Scotland