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Respected golf pro dies

September 13, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Former Washington County golf pro William A. Strausbaugh Jr. died Saturday afternoon at his home after a lifetime of playing the game he loved.

Strausbaugh, 76, died of a brain tumor following a long illness, said his wife, Dorothy, who first met her husband in grammar school.

The couple lived in Gaithersburg, Md., and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year, she said.

Strausbaugh's golf career began after serving in the Marines in World War II. He accepted a job as an assistant at the Country Club of Maryland in Baltimore and worked there for several years before moving to Washington County and the Fountain Head Country Club in 1954.

His career then took him to the Turf Valley Country Club in Howard County, and in 1968 he made his last move to the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.

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He worked there for 26 years before retiring in 1994, although he continued to give golf lessons, Dorothy Stausbaugh said.

"He never really retired," she said.

The late golf pro was honored during his career, as National Golf Teacher of the Year and as National Golf Pro of the Year.

Strausbaugh was well regarded for his golfing skill and ability to impart that knowledge to others, said Charlie Herling of Hagerstown, who worked at Fountain Head as a golf pro following Strausbaugh's tenure.

"You could call him at 11 at night or 8 a.m. He was always ready to talk (golf) theory," he said.

Herling said he respected Stausbaugh for his dedication and extensive knowledge of the sport.

"There was only one Bill Strausbaugh and nobody will ever replace him," he said.

"He was a tremendous individual," he said.

In addition to his wife, Strausbaugh is survived by three daughters, three sons and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the DeVol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, Md.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Neumann's Catholic Church there.

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