Frank 'Toledo Strongman' Stranahan Passes Away at 90
American Frank Stranahan, six-time US Tour winner and world-ranked weightlifter, has died at the age of 90.
Stranahan enjoyed a stellar amateur career before trying his hand at professional level and was the linchpin of fitness during his days in the sport. He passed away on Sunday in the Hospice of Palm Beach County.
Ohio-born Stranahan, nicknamed “Muscles” and the “Toledo Strongman” during his golfing days enjoyed two victories on the US Tour as an amateur and also won the 1945 Durham Open as well as the 1948 Miami Open.
Throughout his playing career he stacked up more than 50 tournament wins in the amateur ranks, including two British amateur titles (1948 and 1950), two Canadian amateurs (1947 and 1948) and three North and South Amateur crowns (1946, 1949 and 1952).
Stranahan came close on three occasions to landing a Major title, finishing runner-up at the 1947 and 1953 Open Championships and also at the 1947 Masters, where he ended up two strokes behind Jimmy Demaret.
At The Open in 1947, he fell one stroke shy of forcing a play-off for the title with Fred Daly after his approach shot from 110 yards on the final hole stopped three inches short of the cup. His passing will be sorely felt.