John Ball (golfer)

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John Ball
— Golfer —
John Ball Vanity Fair 1892-03-05.jpg
Ball as caricatured in Vanity Fair, March 1892
Personal information
Full name John Ball, Jr.
Born (1861-12-24)24 December 1861
Hoylake, England
Died 2 December 1940(1940-12-02) (aged 78)
Holywell, Wales
Nationality  England
Career
Status Amateur
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 9)
The Open Championship Won: 1890
British Amateur Won: 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1899, 1907, 1910, 1912
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1977 (member page)

John Ball, Jr. (24 December 1861 – 2 December 1940) was a prominent English amateur golfer of the late 19th and early 20th century.[1]

Ball was born in Hoylake, Merseyside. His father was the prosperous owner of the Royal Hotel, located near the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, in Hoylake. Ball grew up playing golf as a youth on the Royal Liverpool course, which was established in his early boyhood.[2]

After winning The Amateur Championship in 1888, Ball became the first English-born player to win The Open Championship in 1890,[3] and in the same year won his second Amateur, the first to win both titles in the same year. Ball subsequently won the 1892, 1894, 1899, 1907, 1910, and 1912 Amateurs, a record eight titles in all, in addition to two runner-up finishes. Ball retired with a 99-22 record (81.8%) at the The Amateur Championship. Ball was also runner-up in the 1892 Open.

Ball died in Holywell, Wales.[4] He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977.

Tournament wins (59)[edit]

this list may be incomplete
  • 1881 Royal Liverpool Autumn Dowie Silver Cup Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Kennard Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool St. Andrews Day Gold Cross[5]
  • 1882 Royal Liverpool Club Spring Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Spring Connaught Challenge Star Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Dowie Silver Cup Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Kennard Gold Medal[5]
  • 1883 Royal Liverpool Club Spring Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Summer Lubbock Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Kennard Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool St. Andrews Day Gold Cross[5]
  • 1884 Royal Liverpool Spring Connaught Challenge Star Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Summer Lubbock Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Dowie Silver Cup Medal[5]
  • 1885 Royal Liverpool Club Spring Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Summer Lubbock Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Dowie Silver Cup Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Kennard Gold Medal[5]
  • 1886 Royal Liverpool Summer Lubbock Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Dowie Silver Cup Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Kennard Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool St. Andrews Day Gold Cross[5]
  • 1887 Royal Liverpool Club Spring Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Spring Connaught Challenge Star Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Summer Lubbock Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Dowie Silver Cup Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool Autumn Kennard Gold Medal,[5] Royal Liverpool St. Andrews Day Gold Cross,[5] Royal Liverpool Spring Challenge Vase,[5] Royal Liverpool Spring Muir Jug[5]
  • 1888 The Amateur Championship, St. George's Challenge Cup
  • 1889 St. George's Challenge Cup,[6] Royal Liverpool Club Spring Gold Medal,[6] Royal Liverpool Spring Connaught Challenge Star Medal,[6] Royal Liverpool Autumn Dowie Silver Cup Medal[6]
  • 1890 The Amateur Championship, St. George's Challenge Cup, The Open Championship
  • 1891 St. George's Challenge Cup
  • 1892 The Amateur Championship, Royal Liverpool Club Spring Gold Medal,[7] Royal Liverpool Spring Connaught Challenge Star Medal,[7] Royal Liverpool Autumn Dowie Silver Cup Medal,[7] Royal Liverpool Autumn Kennard Gold Medal,[7] Royal Liverpool St. Andrews Day Gold Cross[7]
  • 1893 Irish Amateur,[8] Royal Liverpool Summer Lubbock Gold Medal,[8] Royal Liverpool St. Andrews Day Gold Cross,[8] Royal Liverpool Silver Bowl[8]
  • 1894 The Amateur Championship, Irish Amateur
  • 1899 The Amateur Championship, Irish Amateur,[9] Leasowe Golf Club Harvie Prize,[9] Leasowe Golf Club Captain's Prize[9]
  • 1907 The Amateur Championship
  • 1910 The Amateur Championship
  • 1912 The Amateur Championship

Major championships[edit]

Professional wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 18 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1890 The Open Championship 1 shot deficit 82-82=164 3 strokes Scotland Willie Fernie, Scotland Archie Simpson

Amateur wins (8)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1888 The Amateur Championship 5 & 4 Scotland Johnny Laidlay
1890 The Amateur Championship 4 & 3 Scotland Johnny Laidlay
1892 The Amateur Championship 3 & 1 England Harold Hilton
1894 The Amateur Championship 1 up Scotland S. Mure Fergusson
1899 The Amateur Championship 37 holes Scotland Freddie Tait
1907 The Amateur Championship 6 & 4 England C. A. Palmer
1910 The Amateur Championship 10 & 9 England C. C. Aylmer
1912 The Amateur Championship 38 holes England Abe Mitchell

Results timeline[edit]

Note: Ball played in only The Open Championship and The Amateur Championship.

Tournament 1878 1879
The Open Championship T4 LA DNP
The Amateur Championship NYF NYF
Tournament 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T47 DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF SF SF 2 1 SF
Tournament 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
The Open Championship 1 LA T11 T2 T8 T13 T18 DNP 17 DNP T25
The Amateur Championship 1 R32 1 R16 1 2 QF R64 QF 1
Tournament 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
The Open Championship DNP DNP T15 DNP 18 DNP T35 T15 T13 LA DNP
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP R64 QF R16 R128 R64 1 R128 R128
Tournament 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
The Open Championship T19 LA CUT DNP DNP DNP NT NT NT NT NT
The Amateur Championship 1 R32 1 R256 R64 NT NT NT NT NT
Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship DNP R16 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP R128

LA = Low Amateur
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for British Open: www.opengolf.com

Source for 1885 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, April 24, 1885, pg. 8.

Source for 1886 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, September 24, 1886, pg. 5.

Source for 1889 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 10, 1889, pg. 10.

Source for 1891 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 8, 1891, pg. 10.

Source for 1893 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 11, 1893, pg. 12.

Source for 1896 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 22, 1896, pg. 10.

Source for 1897 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, April 28, 1897, pg. 10.

Source for 1898 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1898, pg. 11.

Source for 1902 British Amateur: Golf, June, 1902, pg. 397.

Source for 1903 British Amateur: Golf, July, 1903, pg. 10.

Source for 1904 British Amateur: Golf, July, 1904, pg. 8.

Source for 1905 British Amateur: Golf, June, 1905, pg. 340.

Source for 1906 British Amateur: Golf, July, 1906, pg. 29.

Source for 1908 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1908, pg. 14.

Source for 1909 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July, 1909, pg. 11.

Source for 1911 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 1, 1911, pg. 10.

Source for 1913 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July, 1913, pg. 222.

Source for 1914 British Amateur: Golf Illustrated, July, 1914, pg. 27.

Source for 1921 British Amateur: The American Golfer, June 4, 1921, pg. 24.

Source for 1927 British Amateur: The American Golfer, July, 1927, pg. 66.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. pp. 206–7. ISBN 0-85613-520-8. 
  2. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren; Cooke, Alistair; Thomson, Peter (1988). The World Atlas of Golf (2nd ed.). London: Mitchell Beazely. 
  3. ^ "1890 John Ball Jr (A)". The Open. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "John Ball: Fifty years of golf championships". The Glasgow Herald. 4 December 1940. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad C. Robertson Bauchope, ed. (1888). The Golfing Annual, 1887-88. London: Horace Cox. pp. 178–9. 
  6. ^ a b c d David Scott Duncan, ed. (1890). The Golfing Annual, 1889-90. London: Horace Cox. pp. 204–5, 246. 
  7. ^ a b c d e David Scott Duncan, ed. (1893). The Golfing Annual, 1892-93. London: Horace Cox. p. 245. 
  8. ^ a b c d David Scott Duncan, ed. (1894). The Golfing Annual, 1893-94. London: Horace Cox. pp. 69–71, 292–3. 
  9. ^ a b c David Scott Duncan, ed. (1900). The Golfing Annual, 1899-1900. London: Horace Cox. pp. 64–7, 292–3, 335. 

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