Michael Leedham turned 70 last month and celebrated the milestone the only way the Mowbray golfer knows how: winning yet another club championship.
That 2020 trophy is added to a packed cabinet whose collection first dates back to 1971, then 1975, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2011 and 2017.
While engravers have probably got so used to repeating the same 14 letters of the winner's name over the time, even proud club president James Hipwood did count one less the total number of championships.
Other than the club record of 13 victories, Leedham has ticked off a unique feat that says as much about his longevity than it does about his strokeplay around the course.
"My wife actually informed me of that the other day," Leedham remarks after taking home the club title once again.
"She said to me, 'did you realise you have won one in every decade over six decades?' and I said, 'I really had no idea'."
Golf may be one of the few sports where age is not always a barrier, but fewer at the top of the game could match that frequency.
The astonishing run over 50 consecutive Mowbray Golf Club championships also has Leedham pacing at the back end of his career better than a title every four years.
That record is given a significant boost by the four on the trot during the early 1990s.
But none perhaps made Leedham more pleased than securing one more for a new decade before age takes a hold of his swing.
"I walked away saying that's my birthday present," a grinning Leedham says.
"I'm quite proud and happy to say I could win something like that still at my age."
Despite the stretch between the first to the last win against some of his best clubmates, Leedham has a strict but simple routine he adheres to keep playing so well.
Less time in the clubhouse and more time with a club in hand to put it bluntly.
"I don't hang out inside the golf club all day long or anything like that," he points out.
"I do put in correctly to prepare myself.
"I have got to watch what I say so I don't sound rude to people, who just go in there, spend six hours playing golf and then talking about it more for the next two hours.
"I am the type of person who will play my nine holes or practice properly, and then I basically am out of there."
By no means is the effervescent pensioner a social pariah, either.
He is regarded by many around the club as one of its most giving volunteers.
Every Monday without fail, Leedham joins the 'Green Team' on the course to further mentor Mowbray's most promising golfers.
The tone in Leedham's voice emphasises what it means to a player, who after more than six decades not only in the game but at the club, has a simple tip to succeed.
"The game of golf is a lot about your own memory and also muscle memory of what's correct and what's not correct," he says.
"Certainly when you're helping someone, it helps your own brain a lot, especially the technical side of the game."
It also helps Leedham for competition.
The competition to take out the revered club championship is getting younger - or so that appears from his waning eyes, watching as one by one they step up to the tee.
Not that competition is a bad thing.
"What always happens in sport is the next generation is coming at you," Leedham says.
"I was even lucky enough to win state championships, but I felt I was always lucky.
"That's because there is always the next young buck ready to come along at you.
"That's what I find I have to fight off.
"You can always fight off your own age group because you have done that through your career over the years. It's beating the next champion that's always the hardest."
Leedham was a two-time state amateur champion, but a long time between drinks from a first in 1974 until his next in 2002.
They were moments he still cherishes in his time playing golf, happy enough to keep his amateur status between all those years rather than ever turn professional.
Perhaps his game took a back step early in the career, which may explain why there was a decade after 1975 until 1985 that was free of serious trophy victories.
That was around the time when cricket took up a greater importance for the fiery quick bowler of his era.
"I played state cricket right up until I was 33 or 34, so I had a pretty interesting life without turning pro at anything," he says.
"So when young boys turned pro, I am always so proud of them. I really just can't help them enough.
"But I did have two sports I was playing at the same time over half a year each.
"I think I had enough on my plate without thinking about golf as a profession."
Leedham has been revered in both sports.
Around cricket circles, over a beer and a few tall tales, they speak about his club's opening partnership with Gary Whitney.
The pair had formed a fearsome attack for defunct NTCA club Midlands that drew in players to Campbell Town.
"They were wonderful guys I played with there before we folded, who had wonderful records and played for Tassie as well out of that country town," he says.
But on the golf front at least, Leedham has a humble knack for talking down his ability a lot more on the fairways or greens.
"I don't think I would have ever been good enough to turn pro because I am just more of a good, consistent player," he says.
"I have seen so many good players that were really absolute champions and they did not make it at a pro level.
"It's a pretty hard game at times."
Leedham captained many state golf teams still, but it was just three state cricket games that seem to carry greater memories.
The first-class debut was during the 1973-74 season when Tasmania was still thriving to enter the Sheffield Shield competition.
By his last appearance eight summers on, Leedham finally debuted in a Shield contest.
But it was the tough competition to gain a spot that earned his respect.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORT
"We just had a lot of imports come and it was very hard to get games, and some of us weren't good enough," Leedham recalls.
"Then the next boys would come in and they were a lot better than us.
"The very last game I played I had a Shield game against South Australia, so I was lucky.
"I mean I just hate to boast about my sport because I was the real battler out there.
"I just kept on battling away and some of the people just fell over in front of you and you were the one still standing.
"Now I don't mind admitting this - I am allowed at my age - but I was nothing more than a good hard battler all of the time.
"There certainly was a lot better players in cricket or golf about than me."
That sort of refreshing approach to sport has left the popular figure on the Mowbray course still happy these days to play through amid trying times.
Not even the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic can stop Leedham from getting in nine holes just as often as before.
"I really reckon we're the lucky ones as far as sports go," he says.
"We can go out in that open space and get into the fresh air."
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