Name: Martin Norris
Aliases: heymartin, MartinDaRat
Home: Bartlett, TN (Memphis)
Family: Married 21 yrs, Twin daughters, 1 son
I was born the son of a U.S. Army Chaplain (So. Bapt.) and spent most of my life on the move. It's a difficult lifestyle, but I've been able to see most of the U.S. (47 states so far) and quite a bit of Europe (during our 3 years in Germany) and I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. I learned an important lesson over the years; most people are the same... everywhere. I've met the greatest people in the world and I've seen the trash of the Earth. I've been blessed with honorable friends, and screwed by people with the integrity of a jackal. The interesting part of the lesson was the common stereotypes within those 2 groups. There aren't any. They couldn't be separated into colors. They couldn't be identified by nationality or their last name. They didn't follow the same religions and they don't speak the same languages. I found that the only way to separate them was to follow the advice of Dr. Martin Luther King... "judge them by the quality of their character...."
Began: 1989, Links386
Versions Owned: LinksLS, LS98, LS99, LS2000, Links2001, Links2003
Courses: about 250
Scoring: Pitiful (Pro level, Champ tees)
Favorite Course: Pelican Hill
I stumbled onto Links in 1989 at a friends house. We played quite a few times a week but that ended when he relocated to Chicago. I thought that would be the end of it as I didn't own a computer and the only thing I knew about them was that there was an ON/OFF switch and the lights blinked a lot. When LinksLS came out and I found that we could resume our games over the internet, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I went out and bought my very first computer and taught myself (with a lot of help from my very patient brother) how to use the silly thing. I climbed blindly onto the net and never looked back. It didn't take long for my friend and I to renew our weekly pilgrimages to the links. That was over 4 years ago and I now owe a huge debt of gratitude to Access Golf. I'm now semi- computer literate and I've discovered a great hobby in website designing. But most of all, I'm grateful for for where I can go now. I have been fortunate to meet people and make friends from every corner of the globe because of this game. I still have to filter out the occasional moron or jackal but now when I feel that nomadic urge, I can fire up this infernal machine [my wife's opinion:) ], drive it over to a friends house and enjoy a game based on integrity and honor. I don't play in tournaments or on ladders, but if you're interested in shanking a few holes for fun, don't hesitate in calling, I'll be here.
...and like most Linksters, I owe, I owe, so off to work I go...
IF YOU STEP INSIDE SOME EVENING YOU'LL USUALLY FIND ME BEHIND THE BAR MIXING DRINKS, SERVING BEER, PLAYING AROUND, BABYSITTING DRUNKS, AND GENERALLY TRYING TO MANAGE THIS LITTLE BAR AND GRILL IN DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS TENNESSEE.
WHEN NOT AT WORK, I'M PRETTY MUCH HANGIN' AROUND AT THE HOMESTEAD. MY SMALL HERD CONSISTS OF A CLOSE TO PERFECT WIFE ( YES..... I AM A LUCKY MAN :) ), MY 13 YEAR OLD TWIN DAUGHTERS, AND MY 5 YEAR OLD SON.
A few more pics...
Guess what these guys are playing :)
I'm the slob on the left
|My former pardner Pete||
My former pardner John...and me
|The bar I worked in was used as "YOGI'S", one of the sets for the movie "The Rainmaker"||Me in my natural habitat|
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