In 1985, Joel Mosser, a stock broker from Aurora, Colorado, was not the worst golfer in the world; but he was among the four finalists for Worst Avid Golfer in a contest designed by Golf Digest and played on the Tournament Players Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The official title for the, ahem, winner was “America’s Worst Avid Golfer” — “avid” being a key part of the equation. Players had to meet certain specific criteria to be considered, and a field of more than 600 was whittled to the four finalists who combined for a total single round score of 836 that included 124 penalty strokes, no pars and only one bogey.

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