Sport: At Hoylake

Near the first tee on the deceptively innocuous-looking course at Hoylake, England, stands a ramshackle hotel where chickens sometimes wander in the corridors. Its proprietor is famed John Ball, who won the British Amateur Golf Championship eight times in 24 years from 1888 to 1912 and played in it every year till this one. No one nowadays is likely to duplicate John Ball's extraordinary record. Unlike its equivalent in the U. S., the British Amateur is played without qualifying rounds. A golfer needs to be exceedingly lucky as well as able to reach,...

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