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Strawn wins top
senior golf award


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  Rusty Strawn considers golf “a lifelong sport.”

  So far, his career is a perfect example of that.

  The McDonough resident is the 2014 Senior Player of the Year in Georgia PGA’s amateur division, an honor he has already earned even though the season is not yet over.

Rusty Strawn shows off the Senior Player of the Year award he won in the Georgia PGA’s amateur division.                                        Special photo

  This is his first full year of eligibility in Georgia PGA senior events although he competed in a few senior tournaments last year after turning 50. In nine of the 11 scheduled events this year, he has won twice and finished near the top in just about every other one, including a runner-up finish in the Georgia Senior Open, which is Georgia PGA’s biggest event.

  Organizers use a point system to rank the golfers, and Strawn said Friday that he has a large enough lead to guarantee he will finish on top for 2014. He clinched the crown just over a week ago in the Northeast Georgia Senior Classic.

  As one might expect, the nature of this statewide competition requires traveling around Georgia for tournaments, and Strawn has teed it up this year from Valdosta to Savannah to the north Georgia mountains.

  Of course, in his first year of eligibility on the senior circuit, he is one of the very youngest players in the field every time out, which he admits is a pleasant competitive situation.

  “It’s very nice,” he said. “I’m enjoying it.”

  Strawn is no stranger to golf success. In his high school days at McDonough Christian Acad-emy (what is now ELCA), where he graduated in 1981, he was a member of a state championship team. After college at Georgia Southern he returned to Mc-Donough and has worked at Strawn & Co. Insurance since 1985.

  He was a fixture in the winner’s circle at local tournaments well into the 1990s, but he took a step back during the 2000s as his children were growing up and the demands of the business, which he now runs, increased.

  “I really slowed down from playing competitive golf for eight or ten years,” he said.

  Now the cycle has continued, and with his career at a different stage and his kids grown (one of his daughters played at Presbyterian College), he has gotten back into the swing of things, so to speak. When playing golf at home he can usually be found at Eagle’s Landing Country Club.

  For more information about Georgia PGA events, including the results of all the tournaments that led to Strawn’s title, visit



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