John Ball Jr. made golf history 126 years ago today with his Open win
Published: September 11th, 2016 – John Ball Jr. –On this day, 126 years ago in September for the first time an amateur was crowned The Open champion. He also became the first man to win the British Amateur and the British Open in the same year (1890), a feat that was only matched by Bobby Jones in 1930.
By Brent Kelley Updated January 08, 2016. Amateur golfer John Ball was the winner of the 1890 British Open, and he established several firsts in so doing: He was the first amateur to win the tournament. Since Ball had already won the 1890 British Amateur, by winning here he became the first to win both the Amateur and Open titles in the same year.