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Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland
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Tom Ball
Cheshire/London
Tom Ball Tom Ball was a very good player, Belgian Open Champion in 1913 and 1914 and finishing second in the Open Championship to James Braid in 1908 and second to J H Taylor in 1909 although he is unfairly overshadowed by his cousin, the great amateur, John Ball.

His reputation as a brilliant clubmaker, though, is well deserved and his small output is as a result of fastidious attention to detail and an untimely death. His clubs were as sought after in their time as they are by collectors today.

He was born in Hoylake, Liverpool, in 1882 in very much a golfing family. In addition to his cousin, John, brothers Harry and Sydney were professionals also. He began his career at Disley in Cheshire. He first moved to West Lancashire, then south, to Fleet and Bramshot in Hampshire and to London. Although notionally pro at Raynes Park in Surrey during the first world war, he served in the army and died, from wounds received, in 1919.

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