Betsy Rawls, 31-year-old golfer from Spartanburg, S.C., who won 10 tournaments on this season's circuit, was officially declared by Ladies PGA to be this year's top money winner, with alltime record of $26,774.
Chuck McKinley, 18-year-old freshman at Trinity University, defeated Ray Senkowski of University of Michigan 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in St. Louis for third straight USLTA National Junior Indoor tennis championship.
Edward Costello, 16, captain and center on Boston Latin School football team, led team to second straight undefeated season as Boston Latin won its Thanksgiving Day finale by defeating Boston English 22-6.
Elliott Burch, 35, Brookmeade Stable head trainer since 1957, saw his Belmont and Woodward Stakes winner, Sword Dancer, trained by his father as a yearling, picked Horse-of-the-Year by Morning Telegraph.
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Fred Tunnicliffe, 20-year-old sophomore halfback at University of California at Santa Barbara, broke nine-year NAIA records for both pass receiving (48 caught) and total yards (1,087) in one I season.
Jim Rodriguez Jr., 18, became youngest ever to win a National Rodeo title when he ended year with 6,184 points, after he and partner tied six steers in 121.8 seconds in 'roping event at Clayton, N.Mex.
Arthur Webb, 70, of Scarborough, England, showed exceptional calm after winning football pool worth $742,987. As part of system, Webb picked teams whose names began with S or C to tie (see page 26).