Ray Lawrenson, for 23 years executive director of the District Golf Association who died Monday, will be buried at Arlington Cemetery Friday, his family in Rockville said yesterday.

Mr. Lawrenson, who would have been 86 on Dec. 31, was one of the national powers in the United States Golf Association and was a longtime member of the Handicap Procedures Committee, which supervises the handicaps of all players who belong to the group. In his position with the District Gold Association, Mr. Lawrenson conducted for many years the U.S. Open local and sectional qualifying trials.

He was a charter member of Argyle Country Club when it was reorganized in 1947.

Mr. Lawrenson served in the Marine Corps for 3 years and retired as a master sergeant. He then became civilian chief of procurement officers for the Marine Corps, and retired from the Navy Department in 1953.

Mr. Lawrenson, once a scratch player himself, served Washington golf for more than 50 years. He was president of the District Golf Association in 1960, and was an honorary member of every club of the USGA in this area.

Mr. Lawrenson's survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of the home in Rockville; a sister, Adelaide Brown, of Washington, a grandson, and four great-grandchildren.