Good Guys in Sport: Adam Ball

At just 16 years of age, Adam Ball already has a lifetime of accomplishments in his golf career. The reigning club champion at Meadowbrook Country Club has qualified for his second U.S. Junior Amateur Tournament,  which will be held at Egypt Valley Country Club near Grand Rapids, Mich., later this summer. Past tournament winners have included Tiger Woods, David DuVal, Hunter Mahan and Johnny Miller.

Last summer, Adam also became the second youngest player to ever win the Virginia State Junior Tournament. That honor remains in the hands of Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins, who also grew up playing the Meadowbrook tract that features tight fairways and small greens.

Adam, the son of Matt and Kimberly Ball, is a fixture at Meadowbrook, along with his brother Matthew, who will play for his dad at VCU this fall.

“My brother has been a role model for me,” Adam said. “When I was just a little guy I would tag along with Matthew and his friends.” Certainly playing with the likes of Matthew and Bridgewater star John Phillips made him a much stronger player.

Recognizing Adam as one of the Good Guys in Sport has little to do with his golfing achievements. Instead, it is his attention to younger players that sets him apart. Skills and accomplishments like those found in Adam are often accompanied by arrogance and self importance in other young phenoms. Such is not the case with the rising St. Christopher’s sophomore. When he isn’t involved in a tournament, Adam can often be found on the practice green or range with up-and-coming players, such as rising sixth graders Rob Witherspoon and Taylor Cunningham.

“I love working with younger kids,” Ball said as he prepared for last week’s Eastern Amateur. “I guess they remind me of myself when I was their age. They are passionate about the game and play with such joy.”

With a plus 4 handicap, Adam is a great player. More importantly, Adam is also a plus-four young man!

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