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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 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

Alliance at Falkirk Tryst – 8/3/17

Alliance at Falkirk Tryst – 8/3/17

Logos on Tour at Falkirk Tryst

Falkirk is always a handy venue for me as it’s only 10 minutes along the motorway and normally I enjoy the layout as it is one of the flattest courses in the country, but today was very different due to severe weather that almost made the course unplayable.

After a few switch arounds with the pairings I was finally paired with Malcolm from Bishopbriggs.and we started at around 9.30am which was about 30 minutes behind schedule. Falkirk is normally a very dry course due to its sandy turf but I was very surprised at how wet the ground was under foot, even with the deluge of the previous night. As we stood on the first hole I was able to share with Malcolm of my attachment to Logos but he didn’t really say anything about it and nothing else was mentioned for the entire round. He either didn’t get the concept or had no inclination to speak about it any further which is fine, but that does not happen very often in my travels. The wind really started to get up early on and then there were some squalls on and off all the way which made life very frustrating, almost impossible to get into any rhythm.

There is nothing worse than dropping one shot after another in really bad weather as this really depresses you when you can’t see any way out or any chance of things improving. It’s almost like a ‘golfers depression’ and compounded when there is not much conversation because you really feel isolated out there. The only thing for it was to keep going and finish as best as I could. I was quite a few over par for the day and the worst part of it was at the end when Malcolm asked me what my handicap was. As I said before I thought he didn’t get what I was talking about at the start and I was right, even the part about me being a pro! (I definitely didn’t hit the ball that badly despite the conditions).

Now for the silver lining. I came across one of my fellow professionals and friend Craig Matheson, who works in the shop at Falkirk. We chatted briefly but Craig mentioned that he had seen the Logos Pro-Am on the PGA calendar and was impressed we had got something in place so soon I think. He said “That will be good exposure for you guys” to which I replied this could be the first of many events on the circuit eventually leading to a series of events each year. Any time I have chatted to Craig he has always been quite supportive of what I was doing and I feel he would be a good Professional to have at the event in September. Every cloud …

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and many thanks for your continued prayers for the 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 VB@Logosgolfministries.com

 

Alliance at West Kilbride – 28/2/17

Alliance at West Kilbride – 28/2/17

west kilbride to arran

I was not sure whether this event was going to take place, especially after the 6 inch snow fall just before the weekend which did not look like it was going anywhere fast. I then found out it only seemed to be central Scotland that was affected and by Monday morning everything was clear again almost hitting double figures with the temperature. We do live in a very strange country with the severe changes our weather brings, but overall we do get away with our winters most of the time.

As I approached the hills at the top of West Kilbride on the west coast of the country I could not believe seeing a sheet of brilliant white snow covering the landscape before me. I had driven for an hour with no sign of rain or snow just to arrive at my destination thinking it was a wasted journey. As I crept through the town fearing the worst I was amazed to see clear views to Arran with no hint of snow whatsoever on the other side. It really was incredible how there could be such different scenes within half a mile and how pleasant it was on the other side.

I was paired with Neil and Roy from Kilmacolm and I recognised Neil from my outing at Lanark last year but had not met Roy before. We got going fairly sharp and when identifying our balls it didn’t really sink in with the guys that I had my attachment named on the golf ball. By the 4th hole Neil asked how I was getting on to which I reiterated my evolving role with Logos and the upcoming Pro-Am this year. I got the impression he did not really remember our previous conversation but it was nearly a year ago and sometimes I cannot remember last week never mind last year. Shortly after that Roy asked about my role as a professional which allowed me to expand on this as I did with Neil. Roy immediately asked me, “What denomination is that?”, which left me quite surprised. I responded by saying we were not a denomination but just Christian to which he replied, “So am I, I’m a Christian and attend my Church regularly”. Right away we had a connection and I knew this was not an accident. Roy and I agreed that sometimes we all get a bit of a ribbing about our faith and it is sad when people think we are off our head when really it’s the other way about. I emphasised that if they really knew what the truth was the last thing anybody would do would be to make fun of it. Anyway we are reminded that what we go through here will not compare to what awaits us, and a little bit of ribbing is not really that bad compared to what happens in certain other parts of the world to believers.

As we played round the sun came out with stretches of blue sky showing and although it was fresh the temperature seemed to be warming up. It was an enjoyable game despite the greens being a little bumpy and a birdie on the last for 2 over was probably a decent score for the day. We sat in the lounge for a drink afterwards and I mentioned to Roy about the Pro-Am again so we will keep in touch and he hopes to attend the day at Dundonald in September. It may not be long before the teams for this event are filled which is very positive considering how early it is in the season.

So often we see doom and gloom on the horizon and it’s only by pressing on through that we experience the blessings God has for us. He can change the things in our lives that may seem daunting and allows us to see past the worries that hold us back. Please pray for continued support for the ministry this year and beyond.

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 on 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

 

 

 

Alliance at Prestwick St. Nicholas – 15th November 2016

Alliance at Prestwick St. Nicholas – 15th November 2016

prestwick-st-nicholas-from-2nd-green

It did not take long for the final outing of 2016 to come around and I always remember my Gran saying many years ago that time goes quicker as you get older. I do feel older and time does seem to fly these days. This year has come and gone much quicker than the previous years and I look back on it with mixed emotions but overall a positive year. Nothing ever goes exactly the way we would like but we continue to trust in God and keep learning.

It was a blustery day on the Ayrshire coast and St Nicks, as I call it, sits right on the water with out of bounds to the right of the 1st hole being ‘the water’. A little gem of a course and one you do not get tired of playing. My playing partner was an Irish lad called Adrian who had moved to Scotland from Cork about 8 years ago. He is quite settled here and has just bought himself a property in Glasgow so has no plans to return to Ireland. As we walked along the 1st hole I got the opportunity to share with him about my role with Logos but he did not really engage with that conversation. A few holes later we began chatting more about his life and how he came to be in Scotland and I could sense he was more comfortable chatting about those kinds of things as opposed to anything spiritual. There was a point half way round after I had made a few good up and downs in a row he commented on the fact that I kept, ‘hanging in there’ to which I replied that we should never give up until the ball is in the hole, linking this in with life in general. I got a little look that gave the impression he was going to say something but then didn’t. We carried on.

From not playing much over the past month I was getting it round ok but proceeded to bogey the last 3 holes. It was a disappointing finish, but still an enjoyable day with a nice lad who I hope to see again in the Alliance next year.

On finishing our round we came across Norman Forsythe who looks after the website for Logos and is a member at St Nicks. We sat and had a coffee and a chat about the future which looks positive with the news of the Logos Pro-Am next year at Dundonald already in PGA calendar. With Logos Golf Ministries Scotland only 2 years in the making and already a Pro-Am in the works, it is clear there is much work ahead for the ministry and this is only the beginning of what God has for Scottish Golf. We thank him for what he has already provided and eagerly await his plan for the future.

Please pray for those mentioned in this report and the future of the Ministry in Scotland and beyond. Have an enjoyable Christmas season and a prosperous New Year.

In his service,

Vincent Brown
Vincent Brown, PGA Professional on the Tartan Tour

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

to contact Vincent by email vb@logosgolfministries.com

 

West of Scotland Alliance at Dundonald – 19/10/16

West of Scotland Alliance at Dundonald – 19/10/16

 

Dundonald Links named as 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open venue

I was in two minds whether to play at this event as I had not been well with a chest infection and my body was still trying to recover. After a very restless sleep I woke to a beautiful morning and although my mind was saying not to go my heart wanted to play. Dundonald is a future Scottish Open venue and a great test of golf so I did not want to miss it.

On arrival it was such a calm day without a cloud in the sky which is very unusual for the west coast. I was really looking forward to playing but as I got started I just didn’t feel right and my body was not working the way it should. My playing partners were Colin and John from Glasgow and I got the opportunity to share about the Ministry on the 1st hole as we walked up the fairway. John was intrigued about how I had come back to my faith and was working with Logos whereas Colin wasn’t too bothered. It’s funny how most people ask what course Logos Golf Ministries is attached to and when I give the full answer you can tell by the look on their face whether they are interested or just plain scared.

As we continued, the sun shone brightly in the vast stretch of uninterrupted blue and it was a sight to behold above a fantastic course. Any other time I would have been in my element but my body was not coping well and I had to resign myself to the fact that I was not in a fit state to continue playing. I forced myself to get to the 9th hole and then made my apologies to the guys as I retired. As I made my way back to the clubhouse, which thankfully was not far, I was annoyed that I was not able to finish but I think I was more annoyed that I did not listen to myself when I knew I really shouldn’t have played.

As I drove home I kept telling myself how stupid I was for going and what a waste it was. Even when I got home I started complaining to my wife about what a bad decision I had made and then she put things in perspective for me before I fell completely into that pit of self pity. She said “Yes, you probably shouldn’t have gone, but at least you tried and that’s all you could do.” It took a while to sink in but she was right. I gave it a go and it didn’t quite work- Ok, move on.

There is nothing worse than feeling sorry for yourself and it can be so easy to do. I am thankful I was able to manage the 9 holes and get the chance to share with the guys. I now look forward to the final event of the season at Preswick in November and the next step forward.

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 and PGA Professional playing on the Tartan Tour
to contact Vincent 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