Fred Clark of Purdue University won his first major collegiate golf championship at the seventh annual GAC Properties Classic in Cape Coral, Fla. It took a sudden-death playoff for Clark, a junior, to beat a field of 239 entries from 40 schools.
James Clay, a Linglestown, Pa. postal employee, scooped up 10 rattlesnakes by hand in 1:06.3 to win the world amateur snake sacking championship in Brownwood, Texas. One snake nicked his hand, but Clay sighed and said, "The wound wasn't serious."
Larry Williams, competing for Castlemont (Calif.) High, and CHRIS STARK of Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Ariz. were class winners at the seventh annual interscholastic judo championship in Falls Church, Va. Williams, a senior who studies ballet and is also a national rifle champion, claimed honors in the 150-pound class by topping 10 opponents. Stark, also a senior, took the heavyweight crown two weeks after winning his state's championship in the senior AAU meet for the second year in a row. More than 200 contestants participated in Falls Church.
Audrey Grady's luck had been bad all week. Then, on a Friday off North Bimini, the 5'6" mother of five hooked a blue marlin that turned out to be of record size for 50-pound line. It took three hours and 40 minutes to land the 633½-pound fish.
April 20, 1970
Len Smith, a 50-year-old English steelworker, hopes to be an entrepreneur in a new line. After winning the world marbles championship for the 11th time, in Tinsley Green, England, he issued a $500,000 challenge to any American brave enough to face him.