So-called “Double Dipping” is reaching epidemic proportions in Payson Men’s Golf Association tournament play.
The phenomenon, which involves pocketing closest-to-the-pin prize money on two of the five par 3 holes at Payson Golf Course, began to surface earlier this season when members turned in greater than normal numbers of closest-to-the-pin wins.
Just last week in a team tournament, Terry Lindsey was a closest-to-the-pin winner on two holes and almost won on a third.
On No. 8, Lindsey came within an eyelash 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,” PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman said. “It would have been the first triple dip since I’ve been around.”
At the PMGA’s most recent tournament, June 13, a low net, low gross formatted shoot-out, Jesse Smith joined the long list of double dippers winning on No. 2 (3 feet, 8 inches) and No. 5 (4 feet, 7 inches).
In addition, Smith — known for his long, straight drives — posted a card of 72 to win low gross honors in A flight.
His PMGA win comes on the heels of pacing the winning foursome on June 8 at the Jack Morris Memorial benefit tournament also held at PGC.
In the PMGA low net low gross affair, Richard Harding finished at 78 to win low gross honors in B flight. Ed McFall’s 63 was good enough for low net prize money in the flight.
In C flight, Bill Shed was the low gross champion at 89.
With a 67, John Calderwood took home the low net gold.
Dave Rutter won the Yellow Tee flight low gross crown at 89. Ed Quigley’s 68 earned him first place among the low net players in the flight.
Richard Harding (no. 8; 12 feet, 5 inches), Oscar Garcia (No. 14; 7 feet, 6 inches) and Steve Vincent (No. 17; 8 feet, 1 inch) rounded out the closest-to-the-pin champions.