PGA Professional Errie Ball recalls 1934 Masters

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Errie Ball is the only living competitor from the 1934 Masters, the first played.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 9:45 a.m.

In case you missed it, Golf Channel had a fantastic feature on PGA Professional Errie Ball this week.

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

In the feature -- narrated by Rich Lerner -- Ball reads the letter sent to him by the legendary Bobby Jones, dated Feb. 7, 1934, inviting him to play in the Augusta National Invitational (it didn't become "The Masters Tournament" until 1939).

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"I feel lucky that I was invited," said Ball, a PGA of America Hall of Famer. "And I feel lucky, definitely, that I'm still alive. When I stepped on the first tee at the Masters, I said, 'Boy, this is something.'"

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

Watch the feature here and try not to get chills when Ball mentions all the legends he's played golf with:



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