AUGUSTA, Ga. – Even although they by no means met, Tyler Strafaci has heard many tales about his late grandfather, Frank Strafaci Sr.
Frank Sr. was a legendary beginner who gained the 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links, two North and South Amateurs, completed ninth within the 1937 U.S. Open and performed in two Masters Tournaments. Tyler, a Georgia Tech graduate who final summer season gained the U.S. Amateur, will make his debut at Augusta National this week.
Of course, it’s unlikely that his first Masters look will be something like his grandfather’s.
“Yeah, that’s a weird one,” Tyler stated of that story.
Frank Sr. was invited to compete at Augusta National in 1938, the 12 months after his U.S. Open efficiency at Oakland Hills. He shot 74-74-82 earlier than withdrawing with one spherical to play. He had been taking part in poorly, however he wasn’t harm. Instead, with the match not on time due to rain delays, Frank Sr. pulled out as a way to go qualify for the North and South.
At the time, Frank Sr. desperately wished to make the U.S. Walker Cup group, and he figured if he gained the North and South it might enhance his possibilities. He went on to win that 12 months at Pinehurst (and the subsequent 12 months after that), however he finally by no means performed in a Walker Cup, one thing Tyler will do that May at Seminole.
Frank Sr. finally returned to Augusta National in 1950 and completed 58th, forward of only one participant who completed 72 holes. (Tyler’s father, Frank Jr., nonetheless has his dad’s contestant badge from that second Masters begin.)
“It just shows how different the tournament has changed over the years where my grandfather actually withdrew from the Masters to play in a tournament other than the Masters,” Tyler stated. “If I did that, I don’t think I would ever be invited back, so it’s changed a lot. It’s cool to see how it’s gone through history and just the prestige of the event. I was very shocked when I understood the reasoning why he withdrew.”