Errie Ball passes away at age 103

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Errie Ball, a participant in the 1934 Masters and a PGA Hall of Famer, passed away early Wednesday morning at the age of 103.
By T.J. Auclair, Senior Interactive Producer
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 | 9:35 a.m.

Sad news came through this morning with the passing of Errie Ball at 5:20 a.m.

Ball, 103 years old, had been the oldest living PGA member and the only living participant from the first Masters in 1934.

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"The PGA of America is saddened by the passing of Errie Ball, a professional in all aspects of life," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. "Errie's amazing career spans the legends of the game -- from Harry Vardon through Tiger Woods. His longevity, according to those who knew him best, was founded upon a love of people. Each day, like each step he took on the course, was spent with purpose. We will miss him dearly, but his legacy continues to shine through the many PGA Professionals he inspired to grow our game."

Ball, originally from Wales, worked as an assistant professional under Bobby Jones at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta. Ball has been a PGA Professional since 1932.

In 2011, Ball was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame. He served the PGA of America for an incredible 83 years. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.