By Matt Hill
JOHNSON CITY — Craig Reasor overcame adversity and won one of Northeast Tennessee’s major amateur golf championships.
After being two-over par in the early going of his final round, the Knoxville resident and former Lincoln Memorial University standout came through with a 64 to finish the tournament minus-seven to hold off defending champion Mark Baggarly and win the prestigious Tillinghast Invitational at the Johnson City Country Club on Sunday evening.
What Reasor did will go down as one of the best performances you will see in amateur golf, but it wasn’t easy.
On Saturday at No. 14, Reasor made a nine on a par four, a five-stroke slump. He even bogeyed his first hole on Sunday.
Following the first hole, Reasor put on an absolute clinic in golf. He slowly started chipping away and by the end of his round he was the man to beat.
Baggarly had been in the drivers seat, but Reasor’s round held up and he ended up being this year’s Tillinghast winner.
“I was telling the guys I was playing with it is a lot harder in the last group,” Reasor said. “There is a ton of attention on you, but here it is free reign. We can make birdies and nobody notices us.