Prayer breakfast draws 1,000 golf fans

Golf was always a part of the plan.


It was what God used to lead Scott Lehman to Christ. And it's what Lehman now uses to minister in places where men love the game but need the gospel.

He's the founder of In His Grip Golf, which teaches churches to use golf in community outreach.
Lehman spoke Tuesday at the Masters Prayer Breakfast, an annual tradition at Warren Baptist Church before the second day practice round of The Masters Tournament.

More than 1,000 golf fans gathered on the church basketball court, which was decorated with Masters memorabilia.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes partners with the church to stage the free event, which has previously featured golfers Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and broadcaster Pat Summerall.

This year, the church welcomed dozens of soldiers, former golfers including Bobby Greenwood, and Y.E. Yang's caddy, A. J. Montecinos.

Montecinos was introduced by Jose Alvarez, the national golf tour chaplain of the FCA. Alvarez pitched for the Atlanta Braves in the 1980s and started a second career as a professional golfer in 2006.

They joked about clouds of pollen and Masters traffic, and asked about life on the course for Montecinos, a Christian, and his golfer, a Buddhist.

The Rev. David McKinley, senior pastor of Warren, prayed for God's presence in Montecinos' life.
"We're counting on that because he's got to get from here to the front gate by 8 a.m.," McKinley said with a laugh.
McKinley introduced Lehman as a new friend of the ministry, and a church partner who will offer In His Grip golf events in Augusta.

"All those people walking through the gates, many of them were like I was 13 years ago," Lehman said of his first visit to the Masters in 1997, before he became a Christian. "They need to know Jesus as their personal Lord and savior."



FCA and The Masters

The breakfast is the largest event of the year for the Augusta chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which turns to breakfast attendees for prayer and financial support throughout the year. The fellowship is active in 21 of 32 schools in its 11-county region.
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