It’s not often that two golfers dead-knot during the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s weekly closest-to-the-pin competitions.
But that’s exactly what unfolded July 3 at an individual low gross and low net tournament played at Payson Golf Course.
On No. 5, Russ Morris and Ed Bossert tied by both swatting their tee shots to within 10 feet, 7 inches of the hole.
The tie, however, was the only accolades the two received as they were shut out in the battle for individual low net honors.
In A flight, Oscar Garcia posted a 74 to finish first among the low gross players. With a 68, Tim Ernst took the low net gold medal.
In B through C flight, play was low net only.
Alex Armenta was first in B with a 67. Mike Anderson’s 70 earned him silver medal honors.
In C play, Popeye Clay took honors at 64. Dick Harding was second with a 68.
Ross Robertson won D flight (66) and Don Gyde (68) was runner-up.
PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman pocketed longest putt prize money sinking a 16-foot-6-inch attempt on No. 9.
Rounding out closest-to-the-pin winners were Terry Lindsey (No. 2; 12 feet, 6-1/2 inches), Dan Dorough (No. 8; 6 feet, 7-1.2 inches), Stan Eggars (No. 14; 5 feet, 10-1/2 inches) and Jerry McGuire (No. 17; 13 feet, 6 inches).
Because no member pocketed prize money in more than one competition, Sherman’s familiar chant of “double dipping” — which he calls double winners — was silenced — at least for one tournament.
On July 10, members of the PMGA played the first of three rounds of the annual Club Championship.
The tournament continues July 17 before concluding July