The Championship had been won exclusively by Scotsmen in its first 29 editions, but Ball's success would soon be followed by a flurry of further triumphs for English golfers.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest amateur players in history, Ball also completed a notable double in 1890.
By securing the second of his record-setting eight wins in The Amateur Championship, he became the first person to win that event and The Open in the same year, a feat that has since been repeated only once.
His Open victory at Prestwick was secured by three strokes from Willie Fernie and Archie Simpson, with a total of 164. In each of his two rounds, he recorded matching halves of 41 to shoot 82.