Last Remaining Participant of the First Masters Tournament, Ball Turns 103, Still Gives Lessons

A great picture of golf legend Errie Ball during his 100th birthday a few years ago.

A great picture of golf legend Errie Ball during his 100th birthday a few years ago.

Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball who is the only living former golfer who played in the very first Masters tournament turned 103 on Thursday and he’s still kicking it. Born in Bangor, Wales, Samuel is a three-time Illinois PGA Championship winner as well as an Illinois Open Championship winner having an overall solid career. He also was the youngest participant in the British Open in 1926 as he was only 15 years old. The most amazing thing is that he’s still giving lessons to many eager players lessons and still swinging well. It’s great to see him still do such things. It reminds me of when I had an interview with hall of fame golf course architect Pete Dye on my radio show and I remember him saying that he still digs holes when building golf courses for sand traps and does many other things on the course and he’s in his late 80’s. I thought it was really awesome and inspiring when he said that and I think that gives a lot of young golf course architects motivation to design the best golf courses possible.

Same thing with Samuel. With him still teaching and giving full lessons is terrific because as we know, giving lessons involve full swings whether it’s an iron shot or a tee shot so it’s cool to see him out there still giving it his all to still be passionate about teaching many young golfers. I can only imagine what stories he has to tell. I would love to just sit in a chair next to him by a fireplace with cups of coffee (Or since it’s winter time, hot chocolate) and just listen to him and ask him questions, questions about how the masters evolved from just an idea to one of the greatest sporting events in the world, and his life, his life lessons, everything. Samuel was inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame in 1990 (Illinois repping!). Check out Golf Channel’s article here. What question(s) would you ask Errie Ball? Write them in the comments section!

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