GOLF—MIKE SOUCHAK,Grossinger, N.Y., edged Arnold Palmer 272-273 to win Western Open and $5,000,Pittsburgh.
Betsy Rawls, Spartanburg, S.C., shot 68 and 69 on second and third rounds, butfinished with floundering 75 to barely hold off Patty Berg 288-289 for LadiesPGA title, French Lick, Ind.
Art Wall Jr., Pocono Manor, Pa., over Dow Finsterwald, 71-73, in playoff for$9,000 first prize, Buick Open, Grand Blanc, Mich.
This is an article from the July 20, 1959 issue
HARNESS RACING—BYEBYE BYRD: $50,000 Harness Tracks of America spring final, 1 m., by 2½ lengthsover O. F. Brady, in 1:59⅖ Yonkers (N.Y.) Raceway. Clint Hodgins,driver.
TRADER HORN: $32,200 Titan free-for-all trot, by ½ length over Sharpshooter inrace-off, in 2:04[4/5] for 1 m., Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y. Billy Haughton,driver.
HORSE RACING—TOTALTRAFFIC, 5-year-old gelding who had won only twice in 12 starts this year,buzzed around Detroit track in 1:41[4/5] under Jockey Herberto Hinojosa to win$58,400 Michigan Mile and provide 30-1 payoff for backers.
Equated, owned by Thomas Carnegie, gamboled over 1-mile 70-yard course in1:41[4/5] to lower world record for distance, Waterford Pk., Chester, W. Va.Otto Crank up.
INTERNATIONALMOTOR SPORTS—STIRLING MOSS, Britain, scored double victory at Rouen, France,averaging 95.75 mph in Maserati to win 142.29-mile Coupe de LamareDeboutteville race and pushing Cooper-Borgward up to 97.44-mph average to take146.26-mile Grand Prix of Rouen for Formula II cars.
SWIMMING—AAUchampions: Freestyler JEFF FARRELL, Yale Naval ROTC, 100 meters in 56.9 and 200meters in 2:06.9; Freestyler ALAN SOMERS, Indianapolis AC, 1,500 meters in17:51.3 and 400 meters in 4:30.6 (U.S. citizens' records); INDIANAPOLIS AC'sSOMERS, DENNY O'NEIL, GEORGE BREEN and MIKE TROY, 800-meter freestyle relay in8:35.9 (U.S. record); MANUEL SANGUILY, Cuba, 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.6;RON CLARK, Detroit AC, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:45.6 (set U.S. mark of2:44.7 in trials); LANCE LARSON, Los Angeles AC, 200-meter medley in 2:24.7(U.S. record) and 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.1; BILL BARTON, Indianapolis AC,400-meter medley in 5:14.6 (betters listed U.S. record); DETROIT AC's JOHNSMITH, CLARK, DAVE GILLANDERS and CARL WOOLLEY, 400-meter medley relay in4:21.9 (U.S. citizens' record); DON HARPER, Cincinnati, 3-meter springboarddive with 532.8 pts.; GARY TOBIAN, Los Angeles AC, platform dive with 463.10pts.; PAULA JEAN MYERS POPE, Los Angeles, women's platform dive with 250.70pts. Team champion: INDIANAPOLIS AC with 102 pts.
Satoko Tanaka, 17-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, swam 200-meter backstroke in2:37.1 to break Chris Von Saltza's world record, Tokyo.
TENNIS—DENNISRALSTON, Bakersfield, Calif., over Ramsey Earnhart, Los Angeles, 6-4, 6-3, 6-8,6-2, 18-and-under boys' final; VICKIE PALMER, Phoenix., over Barbara Browning,Los Angeles, 6-4, 6-3, 18-and-under girls' final, natl. jr. hard courtschampionships, Burlingame, Calif. SPAIN, over Britain, 3-2; ITALY, over France,4-1, Davis Cup European zone semifinals.
TRACK &FIELD—DIXON FARMER, Orinda, Calif., scored 3,196 points in five events, upsetNationalist China's C. T. Yang for AAU natl. pentathlon title, El Monte,Calif.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED:DAN HODGE, 27, former Oklahoma Olympic and NCAA wrestling champion who turnedheavyweight boxer, won Golden Gloves title, then became so-so pro; after 10fights, two losses and very little money, al Wichita, Kans.
DIED: GOLIATHUSGOLIATHUS, about 7 months old, giant-size (4½ inches long, 8-inch wingspread),black-and-while-striped African beetle who arrived at New York's AmericanMuseum of Natural History about six months ago (SI, Jan. 12), delighted viewerswith his banana-peeling technique; of old age, in New York.