Payson Men’s Golf Association members narrowly missed witnessing the first so-called “Triple Dip” in recent club history.
The near miss occurred June 6 during the playing of an ABCD Team tournament at Payson Golf Course.
There, Terry Lindsey pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on two holes, accomplishing what PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman calls a “Double Dip.”
On No. 8, Lindsey came within an eye lash of his third closest-to-the-pin win which would have been history making.
But on the hole, Jack Proietto beat out Lindsey by “about a foot,” Sherman said. “It would have been the first triple dip since I’ve been around.”
On Lindsey’s win on No. 5, he finished 6 feet, 7-3/4 inches away and on No. 17, he was 6 feet, 11-1/2 inches shy of an ace.
On Proietto’s narrow win on No. 8, he was 7 feet, 9-1/2 inches short of the pin.
Russ Morris (No. 2; 18 feet, 6 inches) and Don Gyde (4 feet, 10 inches) were also winners.
Lindsey’s two closest-to-the-pin wins come on the heels of his May 30 victory on No. 2 during the PMGA’s Step Back Scramble.
Proving he’s not a one-trick pony, Lindsey teamed with Richard Harding in December to etch their names into the record books by becoming the first Payson Men’s Golf Association team to win an Arizona Golf Association Club state championship.
Although Lindsey did well in the closest-to-the-pin links wars during last weekend’s ABCD tournament, he was not on one of the top-three finishing foursomes.
The team of Ken Althoff, Benny Burns, Bill Mullins and Ed Quigley was first at 182.
With a 185, Larry Smith, Spenser Roth, Roger Poole and Proietto were second.
Frank Szakal, Ed Flores, Dave Rutter and Ed Kuhns posted a 189 and were third.