Rene Charland of Agawam, Mass. took the NASCAR sportsman division title for the second straight year by winning 21 of 73 races for 6,622 points—2,298 more than runner-up Bill Wimble, the 1961 champion. His children, four boys, also want to race cars.
Dr. Archie T. Coffey Jr., a Charlotte (N.C.) neurologist who has been shooting skeet in competition for only four years, successfully defended his all-gauge championship in the Pinehurst (N.C.) Harvest Open shoot, with a perfect score for 100 targets.
J. Wilbert Sims, 42, a postal clerk from Chicago, bowled a record six-game series of 1,512 (he averaged 252, and his highest game was 279) in the World's Invitational Match Game Championships in his home town. His series included 18 consecutive strikes.
Ted Simmons, 15, quarterback for two years (eighth and ninth grades) at Alice M. Birney Junior High in Southfield, Mich., led his team to its second undefeated season. In two years he passed for 1,090 yards (including 16 TDs), ran for 1,002 and scored 14 TDs.
December 16, 1963
Sandi Prati, 20, of El Paso, a junior at Texas Western majoring in physical education, was chosen Miss Rodeo America over entrants from 22 states in Las Vegas. She has been competing in rodeos since she was 12 and has won four all-around championships.
Bruce Herd, 64, who has been the golf pro for 25 years at Flossmoor Country Club near Chicago, was named 1963's PGA Professional of the Year. He is a club designer (his Scottish father was a club-maker) and a greens manager, as well as an instructor.