THE LAST MASTER
In 2007, we discovered that
the last golfer invited to the
original Masters tournament in
1934 was living in Martin County.
Well into his 90s, Errie Ball
was still playing golf and giving
lessons at the Willoughby Golf
Club in Stuart when we caught
up with him nine years ago.
During his interviews with us,
Ball shared the letter legendary
golfer Bob Jones wrote inviting
Ball to compete in the original
Masters in Augusta.
Ball turned 100 on Nov. 14, 2010, and was inducted to the PGA
Hall of Fame in 2011. The last Master died on July 2, 2014, at the
age of 103 at Martin Medical South in Stuart surrounded by family.
In 2015, we featured one of our own, Bud Adams, whose
photography we have displayed in our Back Country department
ever since the start of the magazine 10 years ago. Adams and his
family are among the largest landowners in the state. Through
astute business and conservation practices, Adams built an
agricultural and family legacy that will last for generations.
Adams, who turned 90 earlier this year, still takes photos and
remains active in the family ranch along with his three sons and
many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lucia Zora, who spent her retirement in a house on South Indian River Drive,
was one of the country’s rst female animal trainers.
In Bravest Woman in the World appearing in 2010, we explored
the life of Lucia Zora, one of the country’s rst female animal
trainers. Her parents were early pineapple farmers along the
banks of the Indian River and Zora spent her retirement in their
landmark brick home on South Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce.
It was hard to get the sawdust out of her shoes, so Zora and
husband and fellow animal trainer, Fred Alispaw, decorated the
home with much of their memorabilia from the circus and even
tended to a baby elephant on the grounds.
Riverview Memorial Park general manager Sonya-Elizabeth Trachtman, in
a 2010 photo shoot with our photographer, points to the unmarked grave
believed to be that of the celebrated circus performer Lucia Zora.
PGA ILLINOIS SECTION
Golfer Errie Ball played in the inaugural
Masters Tournament in 1934.
Rancher Bud Adams and his family are one of the largest landowners in the state.
Adams’ photographs have been featured in the magazine since its inception.