Before he played golf on Monday August 7, John Redpath had been winnerless in the sport.
But that all changed when 90 Southern Riverina Veterans golfers competed for the special Ern Verity Memorial Trophy at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on that day.
Redpath scored a runaway victory, winning by five strokes courtesy of his 44 stableford points on the Composite Course.
The 26-handicapper’s big win, across all grades, was set up on the Blue Executive Nine with 24 points, then followed up with 20 points on the Lake Course Red Nine.
“I’d never won any trophy in my life whatsoever,” Redpath told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “I was shocked, but rapt!”
John was presented with the prestigious Ern Verity Memorial Trophy by Southern Riverina Veterans President for the past decade, Bill Hidson.
“Congratulations to John. He must have played extremely well,” the president said. “And I’d like to thank Evan (Droop) in the Pro Shop and Richard King (delegate for Yarrawonga) for organising the day - they always do a marvellous job.”
Another veteran stalwart impressed with the winner’s score was Southern Veterans foundation member Bob Bellinger, who explained the origins of the title.
“Ern was an original member, back in 1988 or 1989 . He was secretary for a while. If there was anything to be done Ernie was right into it,” Bob said. “He was a great chap and died suddenly, aged in his early 80s about 10 to 12 years ago.”
The 2017, 67-year-old title holder is a retired sales consultant, who moved to Mulwala from Melbourne in 2006. He loved his win like he loves AFL team, the reigning premiers, the Western Bulldogs.
“My dad (Jack Redpath) played in the Footscray Reserves premiership team of 1939 and current player Jack Redpath is a distant relation of mine,” John said.
John certainly sang the Bulldogs club song a lot after the 2016 grand-final. He beats out a great tune also as a guitarist in the very popular Mick Carmelotti-led band Rock ‘n’ Xpress. And he now has a golf win.