Ted Ball

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Ted Ball
Personal information
Full nameEdward A. Ball
Born(1939-04-11)11 April 1939
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
Died17 April 1995(1995-04-17) (aged 56)[1]
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Nationality Australia
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins>50
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour of Australasia4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1964, 1975

Edward A. Ball (11 April 1939 – 17 April 1995) was an Australian professional golfer. He won several dozen significant tournaments in his career.

Golf career[edit]

Ball was born in Hornsby, New South Wales. He had a decorated amateur career, including a win at the Australian Amateur in 1960, along with several other amateur victories. He turned professional in the early 1960s and found immediate success. He won his first title in 1962 at the Queensland Open. He added numerous wins after that internationally. He staged one of Australian golf's greatest comebacks to win the Wills Masters in 1973 and in 1974 became the first player to successfully defend the Wills title. He shot rounds of 70, 69, 72 and 70 at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney to win by two strokes; this is said to be the greatest achievement in his career.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (50)[edit]

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 21 Oct 1973 Wills Masters −6 (71-71-72-68=282) 2 strokes United States Jerry Heard
2 20 Oct 1974 New South Wales Open −8 (70-71-70-69=280) 7 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
3 27 Oct 1974 Wills Masters (2) −6 (70-69-72-70=281) 2 strokes South Africa Gary Player, Australia Ian Stanley
4 28 Sep 1980 National Panasonic New South Wales PGA Championship −3 (67-70-76-72=285) 1 stroke Australia Wayne Grady, Australia Lyndsay Stephen

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (0–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1974 Coca-Cola Lakes Open Australia Paul Murray, Australia Bob Shearer Shearer won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1974 Tasmanian Open Australia Bob Shearer
3 1978 Joe Jansen New South Wales PGA Championship Australia Mike Cahill, Australia John Clifford Clifford won with birdie on first extra hole

Other Australian wins (13)[edit]

Asia Golf Circuit wins (2)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

this list is incomplete

Team appearances[edit]




  1. ^ Stone, Peter (19 April 1995). "Obituary: Ted Ball, 1939-1995; Always a master to the golf fraternity". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. ^ "Ball wins Wagga golf". The Canberra Times. 6 October 1964.
  3. ^ "S'pore Open to Ted Ball". The Straits Times. 9 March 1964. p. 18.