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Only survivor of first Masters turns 103

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Samuel Henry "Errie" Ball, the only surviving player from the first Masters in 1934, turned 103 on Thursday.

Ball, born in Bangor, Wales, celebrated a day early with family and friends at the Yacht & Golf Club in Stuart, Fla.

Among those attending were Ball's wife, Maxie, 99; former PGA District 6 Director Bruce Patterson of Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Ill.; and PGA Director of Golf Gerry Knebels of Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart. Patterson worked under Ball for 13 years and Knebels four at Butler National.

Asked the secret of his longevity, Ball said, "Live by moderation." He also noted that "since last week I now have a beer every day. Doesn’t matter what brand.”

Asked why he switched from his trademark Dewar’s scotch, he said with a wink, “I felt it was time.”

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