Frank Stranahan (1922-2013)
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/26/13
Frank Stranahan passed away on Sunday. Nicknamed "Muscles" by Arnold Palmer and the "Toledo Strongman" by others, Stranahan was something of a renaissance man.
As an amateur golfer, Stranahan won two PGA Tour events, the 1945 Durham Open and the 1948 Miami Open (both now defunct). Various sources credit Stranahan as winning 51 amateur events; Wikipedia's article on Stranahan claims the number is "over 70." What is indisputable is that he won the 1948 and 1950 (British) Amateur Championships. After turning professional, Stranahan won the 1955 Eastern Open and the 1958 Los Angeles Open.
Stranahan is credited by some with helping revive the popularity of the Open Championship among professional golfers in North America. He competed in the Open eight years straight, finishing an impressive T-2 twice, losing to Fred Daly at Royal Liverpool in 1947 and to Ben Hogan at Carnoustie in 1953. This may have spurred Arnold Palmer to compete in the Open; Palmer won in 1961 and 1962.
Less famously, Stranahan competed in power-lifting and was ranked first in his weight class from 1945 to 1954. And quite interestingly, after he retired from professional golf, Stranahan competed in 102 marathons.
Stranahan was age 90. He has one surviving son, Lance, who works in real estate in Florida. R.I.P.
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Kurt the Knife says:
wow. 90 years. Not a bad run.
Torleif Sorenson says:
KtK: Pun intended?
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