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held at historic St. Andrews, nine amateur

golfers made the cut after the second round

and four finished among the leaders at the end

of the tournament. Paul Dunne, from Northern

Ireland, a student at the University of Alabama

Birmingham, finished fifth in the NCAA

Championship last month and was tied for the

54-hole lead at the Open Championship.

The last amateur to win the Open Championship

was Bobby Jones in 1930. Today with the high

level of play on professional tours around the

world, it is exceedingly difficult for amateurs to

compete with professional golfers.

Toledo can lay claim to one of the best amateur

golfers of all time. Frank Stranahan competed

on the world golf stage at a very high level and

finished runner-up at the Open Championship

on two occasions.

Stranahan opened with a 71 at Royal Liverpool

in 1947 and carded 79-72-72 for the final three

rounds to finish tied for runner-up, one shot

behind the winner, Fred Daly.

His score was close to the lead all four days

of the 1953 Open Championship, held at

Carnoustie. Four rounds of 70-74-73-69 left

him at two-under-par for the tournament and he

once again tied for runner-up, four shots behind

Ben Hogan. Hogan won the 1953 Masters

and the U.S. Open prior to winning the Open



Frank Stranahan

Excelled at the Open