MARION, Mass. — Rusty Strawn received 5 of the opening six holes and by no means trailed Thursday in a 3-and-2 victory over Doug Hanzel within the U.S. Senior Newbie last at The Kittansett Membership.
In a battle of Georgia residents, the 59-year-old Strawn received his first USGA title.
Hanzel, who 10 years in the past grew to become the one participant to qualify for the U.S. Newbie, U.S. Mid-Newbie and the U.S. Senior Newbie, had 4 bogeys in 5 holes at first and by no means recovered.
Strawn was 5 up on the flip within the 18-hole match and three up with 5 holes to play when Hanzel went over the inexperienced and Strawn received the 14th with a par.
Hanzel received the U.S. Senior Newbie in 2013.
The victory will get Strawn into the U.S. Senior Open subsequent 12 months at SentryWorld in Wisconsin, the place he’ll in the identical group with Senior Open champion Padraig Harrington and Senior British Open champion Darren Clarke.