April 28, 1974: Mike Reasor Finishes 93 Over Par at Tallahassee Open

Just last year, I shot my worst round of golf in a decade at the Westminster Country Club in Massachusetts. It was one of those days when I just couldn’t get off the tee. Can you relate? I think all golfers go through it at some point. Each drive landed in the trees. Every water hazard was a landing zone. I shot a 114 on the day.

On this day in 1974, Mike Reasor shot a final round 114 at the Tallahassee Open to finish the tournament with a PGA historical high score of 93 over par. The difference between his round and mine? Mike did it after being thrown from his horse the day before and he used only one club – his five iron. Try that some time.

Finishing No Matter What

Mike Reasor was a journeyman golfer in the seventies who could generally hold his own. He never won a major, but he always competed hard. After shooting par to make the cut at Tallahassee, he was thrown from his horse while enjoying a little down time between rounds. The injuries he sustained included a separated left shoulder, damaged knee ligaments, and torn rib cartilage.

Rocky Balboa told his son in the last (we hope) Rocky movie that life is not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward. Mike Reasor, who needed to finish at Tallahassee to qualify for the Byron Nelson Classic in two weeks, got back up and played the last two rounds with one fully functioning arm and his five iron. That’s overcoming adversity.

Unfortunately, Mike Reasor’s main claim to fame is the 381 he posted for that weekend, the highest PGA tour score in history. He held on to his exemption, but his injuries prevented him from playing for another month, so he missed the Byron Nelson. He did, however, play in the US Open that June at Winged Foot. His final score there was a 296, eleven strokes behind the winner, Hale Irwin.

Get Up and Fight For It

If you’re waiting for someone to tell you “it’s okay” or give you another “bail-out” to move forward, get over it. Life doesn’t work that way. We have all been knocked down by this pandemic. Now, it’s time to get up and get back to work. The next few months are critical for our future. To put this nation back on track, we could all use a bit of Mike Reasor’s tenacity. Overcome your fear and walk through the pain. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s get there.

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