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A roundup of the sports information of the week

July 24, 1967
July 24, 1967

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July 24, 1967

A Latin
  • By Gwilym S. Brown

    Argentina's old smoothie, Roberto de Vicenzo, calmed his nervous putter and wowed the adoring galleries as he won the British Open at Royal Liverpool, his first major title in a lifetime of championship golf

  • California's own Native Diver, a spirited 8-year-old, joined the millionaires' club as he won the Hollywood Gold Cup for the third year in succession, though in fact he was not the first across the wire

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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—WILLIAM WITNALL of Marblehead, Mass. accumulated a winning low total of 13 points in the world championship for International One-Design yachts in Hankoe, Norway to defeat runner-up Kalle Nergaard of Norway by four points and the 1965-66 champion, Jack Wosser of San Francisco, who finished third, by 16.

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Still sailing strong at the age of 39, the late DeCoursey Fales's legendary 58-foot schooner NINA, now a training ship of the Merchant Marine Academy, swept Class A and overall honors in the 330-mile Marblehead-to-Halifax ocean race. She was skippered by Fales's son Timothy, a New York stockbroker.

CROQUET—The U.S. and British teams played to a draw in their second annual challenge match, on Long Island, as the Westhampton Mallet Club won three doubles games and the Hurlingham Club of London took two singles and a doubles.

GOLF—Argentina's 44-year-old ROBERTO DE VICENZO edged defending champion Jack Nicklaus by two strokes to win the British Open in Hoylake, England, with a final round of 70 for a 72-hole total of 278 (page 12).

Kathy Whitworth won her first LPGA Championship as she sank a 50-foot uphill putt on the 18th green of the final round in Sutton, Mass. for a 72-hole eight-under-par total of 284, one stroke ahead of Shirley Englehorn. The first-prize money of $2,625 increased her earnings to $14,852.50—tops on the tour's money-winning list.

Verne Callison, a 48-year-old Sacramento tavern keeper, won his second National Amateur Public Links tournament with a 72-hole seven-over-par 287 on the Jefferson Park Municipal Course in Seattle.

HORSE RACING—L.K. Shapiro's 8-year-old California gelding NATIVE DIVER ($11.60), with Jerry Lambert up, defeated heavily favored Pretense by five lengths for an unprecedented third straight Hollywood Gold Cup victory and his 33rd stakes triumph (page 16). Native Diver's $102,100 share of the $162,100 purse put his career earnings over the million-dollar mark ($1,002,850).

Damascus ($3), owned by Mrs. Edith Bancroft and ridden by Willie Shoemaker, stayed in front in his run for 3-year-old Horse of the Year honors with a¾-length win over Favorable Turn in the 1-mile, $83,350 Dwyer Handicap at Aqueduct.

With Braulio Baeza up, DR. FAGER ($2.20), Damascus' chief rival for the 3-year-old crown, knocked a second off the track record in winning the 1‚⅛-mile, $85,400 Rockingham Park Special in 1:48⅕ finishing 4¼ lengths ahead of Reason to Hail.

Busted (4-1), with Aussie George Moore aboard, scored a three-length victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, England, as Charles Engelhard's favored Ribocco finished third.

MOTOR SPORTS—Scotland's JIM CLARK won the British Grand Prix for the fifth time, his Lotus-Ford averaging 117.64 mph for 233.6 miles on the Silverstone course to defeat the Repco-Brabham of New Zealand's Dennis Hulme by 12 seconds and tie Australia's Jack Brabham for second place in the world driver championship standings at 19 points. Hulme remained ahead, with 28.

ROWING—The VESPER BOAT CLUB of Philadelphia won two U.S. berths in the Pan-American Games Aug. 3 by taking the four-oared with-and without-cox trials on the 2,000-meter course at Orchard Beach, N.Y. Other winners: Penn heavyweight freshmen GARDINER CADWALADER and BOB MEEK in the pairs with cox; the Potomac Boat Club's TONY JOHNSON and LARRY HOUGH in the pairs without cox; and San Diego's JIM STORM and New York's JIM DIETZ in the double sculls.

SOCCER—USA: The United Soccer Association ended its seven-week season as WASHINGTON'S Whips defeated the Los Angeles Wolves 3-0 in a replay of a protested game to gain the Eastern Division title. Then, in the championship game, Los Angeles (which already had clinched the lead in the West) met Washington once again. This was a 121-minute marathon—tied 1-1 at half time, 4-4 at the end of regulation play and 5-5 at the end of a 30-minute overtime. Washington's Ally Shewan accidentally scored in his own net after one minute of a sudden-death overtime to give LOS ANGELES the title 6-5.

NPSL: BALTIMORE (112) increased its lead in the Eastern Division to 11 points by splitting two games, a 4-2 win over Toronto and a loss to New York, while PITTSBURGH (101) ended a six-game unbeaten streak with losses to New York and St. Louis. ATLANTA (94) split its games, and NEW YORK (84) climbed out of the cellar for the first time since April 16 with a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh and a 2-1 win over Baltimore. PHILADELPHIA (80) slipped to last place as it played its fifth scoreless tie at home, with Toronto, after dropping a 2-0 game to Atlanta. In the Western Division OAKLAND (127) retained its lead, tying Los Angeles 0-0; ST. LOUIS (97), with Rudi Kolbl's unassisted goal (his 10th of the season for 27 points as the league's leading scorer), defeated Pittsburgh 1-0 for a two-point lead over the Toros; LOS ANGELES (95) dropped into third after its draw with the Clippers; CHICAGO (92) took a 2-1 game from Atlanta; and last-place TORONTO (82) lost one, tied one.

TENNIS—MANUEL SANTANA defeated Russia's Alexander Metrevelli 6-0, 6-3, 6-3, to lead Spain's Davis Cup team to victory in the European Zone final in Barcelona.

Wimbledon champion JOHN NEWCOMBE added another title to his collection when he defeated Bill Bowrey 7-5, 6-2 in the all-Australian final of the Welsh championships.

TRACK & FIELD—World-record holders RANDY MATSON of Texas A&M and RALPH BOSTON of Nashville each scored impressive victories in their respective events at the Pan-American trials in Minneapolis. Shotputter Matson bettered Parry O'Brien's 1959 Pan-Am mark by 6' 1¾" with a toss of 68' 7¼" and Long Jumper Boston, who holds the 26' 7¼" Pan-Am record, did 26' 2½". NCAA champion EARL McCULLOUCH of Southern California matched a world mark with a clocking of 13.2 for the 110-meter high hurdles. National AAU champion GEORGE FRENN of North Hollywood, Calif. shattered the existing hammer throw mark by 12'‚Öû" with a 217' 10‚Öû", while RON WHITNEY of Southern California won the 400-meter hurdles in 49.6 to lower another Pan-Am record. In the women's events, records were broken by Tennessee State's MARTHA WATSON in the long jump (20' 10"), Cleveland's MADELINE MANNING in the 800-meter run (2:06.2) and Los Angeleno BARBARA FERRELL in the 100-meters (11.4).

MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: By the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49er Flanker BERNIE CASEY, 28; by the Atlanta Falcons, Ram Halfback TOM MOORE, 29.

NAMED: As chief executive of the U.S. Trotting Association, EDWARD F. HACKETT, 51, the USTA's secretary and attorney for 16 years.

DIED: Former world champion cyclist TOM SIMPSON, 29, of England, after collapsing on a steep uphill leg of the Tour de France; near Avignon. Simpson, who began racing at 16, appeared in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, turned professional in 1959 and won his world championship at San Sebastiàn, Spain in 1965. His reputation for defending pep pills, which are forbidden in cycling but apparently are in wide use nonetheless, refocused world attention on their dangers.

DIED: At his home in Los Angeles, WILBUR JOHNS, 64, once the UCLA basketball coach (among his players: Jackie Robinson), and more recently the man who made UCLA a national sports power as director of athletics from 1947 to 1963, bringing the late Red Sanders (football) and Johnny Wooden (basketball) to Westwood.