Stranahan, who died Sunday, was regarded as America’s best amateur since Bobby Jones. He was the son of a wealthy industrialist family in Ohio, allowing him to play golf as an amateur. He won the British Amateur twice, and was runner-up in the 1947 Masters and 1953 British Open.
He never won the U.S. Amateur, though, losing to Arnold Palmer in the championship match in 1954.
Palmer says Stranahan was “my good buddy” who was the first real muscleman in golf. Stranahan ran more than 100 marathons and was winning trophies for body building and weightlifting well into his 70s.