Wayne Redshaw, former long-time sports editor at The Tribune and former owner of a successful weekly golf publication, was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Uxbridge, in May.
He was presented the Lorne Rubenstein Media Award in recognition of his many years of reporting on and dedication to the sport.
He is the seventh recipient of the award. Other honorees have included: Wally Crouter, CFRB Radio; Jack Marks, Toronto Globe And Mail; Ken McKee, Toronto Star; Garry McKay, Hamilton Spectator; Bill Johns, Kitchener-Waterloo Record; and Ian Hutchinson, affiliated with a number golf publications including SCORE magazine.
It was the third such honor for Redshaw, who in 2000 was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame and in 2013 was inducted into the Welland Sports Wall of Fame.
Redshaw’s coverage of golf began when he joined The Tribune’s sports department in 1962. He covered various tournaments and championships in Niagara and wrote a weekly golf column, Down the Fairways, until he left the newspaper in 1995. Redshaw was the paper’s sports editor from 1965 to 1995.
Some of the highlights of his career include:
– Served on the Niagara District Champion of Champions committee since 1978 and in 2014 was named co-chairman.
– In 1996 launched a weekly golf magazine in Niagara called FORE Golfers Only. It was an instant success and, as Redshaw said in his speech at the induction ceremony, “My late wife Dianne was the backbone of the publication serving as proofreader, bookkeeper, accountant and many other chores. I couldn’t have done it without her.”
FORE was the only weekly golf publication in Canada coming out 26 times from early April until late October. After 2005, the Redshaws decided to slow down a little and produced FORE every other week. After Dianne’s death in 2008, he sold the magazine but still writes a column for it today.
– has written two golf books about Niagara. In 1999 wrote A Salute to the Champion and in 2000, The First 125 Years. In 1996, Redshaw was one of six writers who co-wrote the book 26 Seasons in Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium.
– has covered 30 Canadian Open Championships including 1972 when the Cherry Hill Club of Fort Erie hosted it. Also covered a number other PGA Tour events and some LPGA tournaments.
– has covered numerous major sports events during his career. He covered three World Series: 1968 when the Detroit Tigers faced the St. Louis Cardinals and 1992-93 when the Toronto Blue Jays won back-to-back championships. He also covered four Stanley Cup finals, including two involving the Buffalo Sabres in 1975 and 1999.
– 1987 named a Life Member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
– 1991 named an Honorary Director of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association.
– 2001 named Welland’s Sportsman of the Year.