Bill Casper Jr. of Apple Valley, Calif. won his third straight tournament when he took the $20,000 Orange County Open at Costa Mesa, Calif. Casper shot 276 for 72 holes. Runner-up: Charles Sifford of Los Angeles, with 277.
R. H. Sikes of Springdale, Ark., shooting under-par golf, won the Hardscrabble Invitation championship at Fort Smith, Ark. 2 and 1 over Jack Rule of Waterloo, Iowa.
HARNESS RACING—SU MAC LAD ($7.30) led almost all the way in winning the $64,300 Gotham Trot by 3 lengths over Great Lull water, at Yonkers. With Stanley Dancer driving, the 6-year-old gelding covered the 1� miles in 3:11. France's Jamin was fourth, Holland's Hairos II was eighth.
During the two-day Grand Circuit meeting at ARDEN DOWNS ( Washington, Pa.), a charity meeting sponsored by DEL MILLER, MUNCY HANOVER won the 3-year-old pace in straight heats, was clocked each time in 2:02 1/5. ELAINE RODNEY look both heats of the feature trot in 2:03 and 2:03 3/5. SWEET MIRIAM won the first heat of the 2-year-old filly pace in 2:04 1/5, finished second to Patricia Rhythm in the second heat in 2:04 3/5, won the trophy on basis of the fastest time. IN HASTE took the 3-year-old colt trot, winning the second heat in 2:02 4/5. COUNTESS ADIOS won the 3-year-old filly pace in straight heats with times of 2:03 4/5 and 2:04 3/5, while STAR GEM took both heats of the 2-year-old colt pace in 2:04 2/5 and 2:04 1/5.
HOCKEY—After seven games MONTREAL led the NHL with four victories, two ties and one loss, a 6-4 defeat by the Detroit Red Wings. The Canadiens' Dickie Moore, usually a late starter each season, scored t0hree goals in game against New York, is leading the league with 9 goals. CHICAGO is second in NHL standings, DETROIT third.
HORSE RACING—ROVING MINSTREL ($8.80) won the $183,900 Champagne Stakes at Belmont by inches over stablemate Garwol, after a stride-by-stride stretch fight right down to the finish line. Louis Wolfson, owner of both horses, collected $143,090 in purse money. Roving Minstrel, with Henry Moreno up, ran the mile in 1:35 3/5.
Kelso ($6.40) splashed over a muddy Hawthorne track to take the $144,150 Gold Cup by five lengths over Heroshogala. With Eddie Arcaro up, the colt covered the 1� miles in 2:02.
Berlo ($4.10) won the $59,700 Ladies Handicap at Belmont by 2� lengths over Woodlawn. Under Eric Guerin the 3-year-old filly ran the 1� miles in 2:30 3/5.
Little Tumbler ($2.60) led from starting gate to finish to win the $34,150 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland by 2 lengths over Times Two, covered the seven furlongs and 184 feet in 1:26 3/5. Ray Broussard up.
Sun Dog ($6.90) galloped home 15 lengths ahead of Cartagena in the $27,600 Grand National Steeplechase at Belmont. Ridden by Tommy Walsh, the jumper covered the 3 1/8 miles in the record time of 5:54 1/5.