GOLF—Britain's Walker Cuppers, so hopeful that this would be year of renaissance, were a sadly disillusioned lot after Americans combined experience and youth to win 9-3 at Muirfield. U.S. got off to 4-0 lead in foursomes when Harvie Ward and Dr. Bud Taylor put down Reid Jack and Doug Sewell 1 up; Bill Hyndman III and 21-year-old Tommy Aaron upset Joe Carr and Guy Wolstenholme 1 up; Charlie Coe and Billy Joe Patton defeated Arthur Perowne and Michael Bonallack 9 and 8, and youngsters Jack Nicklaus, 19, and Ward Wettlaufer. 23, beat Michael Lunt and Alec Shepperson 2 and 1. Next day, Ward, Hyndman, Nicklaus, Wettlaufer and 21-year-old Deane Beman won their singles matches to complete the rout.
BOATING—Harvard, which hasn't had much to crow about athletically in recent years, suddenly found itself firmly ensconced as king of the water in East. Apparently beaten by surprisingly strong Syracuse, Harvard heavyweights somehow found strength for last-ditch pull (see below) and slid across finish line mere four feet ahead of Orange and more than length ahead of Yale in 6:03.1 to win Eastern sprint championship over Henley distance on Princeton's Carnegie Lake. Meanwhile, back home in Cambridge, another Cantab crew bit determinedly into headwinds which turned Charles River into scrubboard, skimmed to front at start and stayed there for 2,000 meters to take lightweight sprint title.
Speed-restless Donald Campbell, hunched in his jetboat Bluebird zoomed up and down England's becalmed Lake Coniston at 275.15 and 245.55 mph to average 260.35 for new world record. But world's fastest man on water still wasn't satisfied. He plans to try for 300 in Canada and then go after land speed mark on Utah's Salt Flats.
BOXING—Yvon Durelle, wild fisherman from Baie St. Anne who had Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore flouncing up and down like an elevator before Archie knocked him out last December, tuned up for July 15 return by belting over one Teddy Burns in third round at Caribou, Me. Asked if he was worried, tough Yvon mused: "Yeah, I worry about supper tonight and breakfast tomorrow. I don't know what I do next in the ring. Moore can't count on anything. Next time I knock him out."
May 24, 1959
TRACK & FIELD—Given chance to get even for one of his rare defeats, Bobby Morrow burst out of starting blocks like exploding jet, glided gracefully and purposefully to finish full yard ahead of San Jose State's Ray Norton in 9.6 hundred on grass in Coliseum Relays at Los Angeles. Norton's explanation was simple: "He's a goer. When I looked up, he was gone."