John Dredge — representing household identify synonymous with Galesburg golf — returns to All-Metropolis

John Dredge — representing household identify synonymous with Galesburg golf — returns to All-Metropolis

By Mike Trueblood
 |  For The Register-MailGALESBURG — The eagle-eye readers of The Register-Mail and All-Metropolis golf outcomes might need noticed a once-familiar identify making a comeback among the many contributors within the males’s event just a few weeks in the past.John Dredge, representing a household almost synonymous with Galesburg All-Metropolis golf, performed within the Senior Division of the 2021 tourney.The Dredges, beginning with John’s dad Bob, his uncle Invoice and John himself had supplied a constantly excessive degree of competitors for over 40 years in All-Metropolis occasions. John Dredge ended that run when he moved to take a job in Atlanta in 1997 and solely returned in December.”I used to be in enterprise consulting for a software program agency,” stated Dredge, a 1969 graduate of Galesburg Excessive Faculty. “I hadn’t gone to an workplace for 12 years or so.”So long as I had a telephone line and the web, I can work anyplace on the planet.”Extra: Maitlyn Sanders holds off Katy Schmitt for back-to-back Galesburg Girls’s All-Metropolis titlesAnywhere turned the home his dad and mom as soon as owned at Soangetaha Nation Membership and Dredge and his spouse Mary have undertaken a renovation challenge that’s at the moment underway. Dredge’s dad died in 2001 and his mother handed two years in the past.Dredge’s uncle Invoice, who died in 1987, helped comprise what mainly was the primary household of Galesburg golf for 5 many years.Bob gained a file 9 males’s All-Metropolis golf championships — the final in 1977 — and claimed the Illinois State Beginner title in 1957 when it was a match play occasion.Invoice additionally gained an All-Metropolis title, and John joined the record of champs in 1984.Bob and Invoice additionally gained quite a few All-Metropolis Finest Ball titles and as soon as shot a three-round whole of 17 underneath par.Extra: Eighteen ‘comfortable locations’: A set of fascinating Illinois space golf holesJohn additionally gained 5 All-Metropolis Finest Ball titles along with his accomplice George Burgland.If that did not put sufficient of a Dredge impression on the annual metropolis tournaments, Invoice organized and ran the event for a few years. After he died, John took over the duties for 12 years earlier than shifting to Atlanta.The All-Metropolis, which first started in 1924, seemed a little bit totally different within the ’50s into the ’90s.For one factor, competitors was held in just one flight and regardless of that, the variety of entrants topped 60 or extra as they sought to say themselves the most effective participant on the town.Extra: Barb Ball information a pair of hole-in-ones inside 10 day spanThis summer season’s All-Metropolis drew 34 golfers in three flights that included two senior divisions and made up nearly half the sector.”We performed 4 rounds over two weeks and the primary two rounds had been at Bunker Hyperlinks,” recalled Dredge. “We used to chop to the low 30 gamers plus ties for the second weekend at Lake Bracken and Soangetaha as a result of there weren’t the amenities to deal with all of them.”And there was normally a major following of individuals following the tourney.”Like many different issues on this nation, golf has modified since then, nationally and domestically.”You’ll be able to by no means return,” stated Dredge of golf’s glory days. “All you are able to do is get pleasure from it the way in which it’s now.”He’d wish to get pleasure from it a little bit bit extra, nonetheless. Though he shot his first profession hole-in-one at Soangetaha in June, Dredge shot rounds of 77 and 80 on this yr’s All-Metropolis, his first look within the occasion in 24 years. That certified him for third place within the division.He admits he did not play a lot golf whereas residing in Atlanta.Requested if there’s an opportunity he’ll reunite with Burgland for this yr’s Finest Ball event he stated, “Frankly, my recreation sucks.Extra: Ex-Silver Streak Corey Verseman works on his golf swing in Wisconsin now”I do not know who would need me.”However even at the moment, simply having a Dredge within the subject of a neighborhood event helps make it really feel like previous instances once more. Mike Trueblood is the previous longtime sports activities editor for The Register-Mail. You’ll be able to e mail him at [email protected]

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