Following on from the success of the first event held last year the competition is being organised by the Christian Golf Society. The Essex Golf Cup will be one of five county/regional cups taking place across the country with the winners qualifying to play in the National Golf Cup in September (venue tbc). The prize being a golfing holiday for two provided by Spring Harvest Holidays, a main sponsor of the event.
The competition will be run as Pairs Stableford, played off full handicap. However here lies the twist – one member of each team has to be a regular church goer/Christian.
James Butcher, member at Rayleigh Baptist and co-founder of the Christian Golf Society explained, “The intention is for the tournament to bring together friends with a shared passion for golf in healthy competition. The day will also give the opportunity for the golfers to chat about the Christian faith in informal relaxed atmosphere”
The day will start with a late breakfast on arrival, 18 holes of golf on the Three Rivers Course, followed by an early evening meal with our guest speaker former European and English Open winner Dr Kitrina Douglas. Kitrina will tell of the adventures the professional game has brought her as a successful player, coach and BBC pundit.
Entry to the competition cost £35 per player – with an early bird special of £32 pp if entry forms are received by Saturday 10th May ’08. Entry forms can be downloaded from our website www.christiangolfsociety.org.uk or from James Butcher on 07752 469219. There are also posters and invites available online that can be used by Christian golfers to invite their friends.
Martin Eady, member at LRBC and Essex Golf Cup organiser said, “Over 20 golfers had a great day of golf last year. We are looking forward to another great year with entries from churches across Essex.”
The Christian Golf Society was founded in 2007 to create competitive golf opportunities through which Christians with a passion for golf can share the good news of Jesus with their non-Christian friends. We believe a golf competition is an excellent setting for people to share their faith with non-Christian friends through a common passion for golf. Reaching out to friends through sport is probably one of the most straightforward opportunities we have. The friendships we form with sporting friends are often far stronger than those we make with other people in our day-to-day lives. The truth is that as a Christian in an increasingly faithless world you may be the only bible a person reads as they see how you live your life – or in this instance, how you play your golf.
The Christian Golf Society encourages people to adopt the Christians in Sport approach of pray, play and say. PRAY for your friends who aren’t Christians. PLAY your golf in a way that honours God. Be prepared to SAY something about the promise of Christ.
The Christian Golf Society comes under auspices of Avanti Ministries. It also represents the UK arm of the Christian Golf Association. Further along the Fairway the Christian Golf Society has a five-year plan to build up a network of events across the country, with the winners of each event invited to a National Final in the September of each year.
These golf competitions will be organised directly by the Christian Golf Society, organised by a committee on our behalf or organised by one of a number of other Christian organisations with which we have links.
For more information visit www.christiangolfsociety.org.uk
National Christian Golf Cup & Essex Golf Cup Champions 2007: Mark Davies & Mickey Simmonds of Molesey Community Church, Surrey.