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MARCH 2012


PASSION PEBFECT WEEKEND

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UrHEN YOUR JOB lS ALL ABOUT A PERSONAL PASSION, THERE',S NO DIUIDIIIG LINE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY. THAT IS CERTAINLY TRUE FOR. THTS SELF-CONFESSED GOLF FANATIG. TEXTON6 CHEOW ENG PHOTOGRAPHY VERNON WONG ART DIRECTION

FAZTIE HASHIM

PATHIGK BOIIUERS MANAGING DIRECTO&

LAGUNANATIONAL GOLTAND COUNTRYCLUB Patrick Bowers is one of the lucky few who can say he does

what he loves every day. As

the managing director of Laguna National Golf and Country Club, he gets to tee off

with the best golfers and play on the most stunning courses/ all in the name of work. It's no wonder there's little difference for him between a weekday and a weekend. You could say the

4'1

-year-old

Canadian cultivated his interest early,

starting off by picking balls at his local driving range when he was only eight years old. Today, he enjoys a multi-faceted career in the golf industry, one that has taken him across 33 countries and five continents.

Twenty years on, one thing remains

constant: his passion for the game.

"My skill level, on the other hand, goes downhill!" he says with a laugh.

Whether he's being overly modest or not, it's indisputable that Bowers knows the ins and outs of the business, while also

playing a mean game, holding a class "A"

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professional status within the Canadian PGA. He certainly isn't overawed when he tees

off with tour professionals such as

fiery Scotsman Colin Montgomerie and

former world No. 1 Tiger Woods during the course ofwork. Aside from having the good fortune

to play with the greats, he also gets to visit (and play on) golf courses all over the

CANNCT RELY ON ANYBODY BUT \CURSELF TC HAVE A GREAI SCCRE,"

lndeed, Bowers has a house atthe 18th hole

ofthe Horseshoe Resort in Canada

and always puts in a few rounds whenever he is back on vacation.

"l enjoy the skill challenges in golf, especially the deft touches needed around

the greens," he says about his favourite aspect of the game. "l also Iike the fact that

golf

is

something you control. You cannot

butyourselfto

world. The ones that left an impression are

rely on anybody

the highly exclusive Moscow Country Club

great score or to win a tournament."

More significantly, he likes the positive

in Russia and Le Touessrok in Mauritius, but his favourites remain the links-styled courses, like those on the British lsles and Melbourne sand belt.

traditionalist," he adds.

"l'm more of

have a

a

traits it brings out in people. "Camaraderie, sportsmanship, honesty and integrity. Golf has stood for these values

for a long time.

It still does and always will."

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The Peak Magazine March 2012