Mrs. John Rathmell won Texas women's golf title after two previous losses as a finalist. This year she developed a muscle spasm in her back, was given 14-day postponement by opponent Wanda So-well, recovered to win, 7 and 6, with nary a three-putt green.
Mike O'Hara, California salesman, was named volley ball's player of the year after his explosive spiking led the Hollywood YMCA Stars to upset victory over defending champion L.A. Westside Jewish Community Center in the national open championships at Duluth.
Terri Stickles, a freshman at Hillsdale High in San Mateo, Calif., sister of American record holder Ted Stickles, swam to a new national 13- to 14-year-old age group record of 2:27.4 in 200-meter freestyle, added Pacific Association 100-meter mark of 1:05.7.
Warren Brattlof, 18, a polio victim as a child, vaulted 14 feet 5 3/8 inches, second highest schoolboy pole vault of all time. A senior at Houston's Galena Park High, the 5-foot 9-inch, 140-pound athlete is aiming for the national scholastic record of 15 feet.
Bob Fischer, a senior at CCNY, recovered from a spill at the three-quarter mark to out-race 37 other cyclists in the 50-mile intercollegiate road-racing championships at New Haven, Conn. Fischer won by three feet after 2 hours, 18 minutes, 16 seconds.
Ernie Kumerow, Illinois senior, pitched his first 1961 win, batted in all five runs with the only three homers of his Big Ten career, for 5-1 win over Minnesota's NCAA champions, ending the Gophers' 49-game, four-year winning streak at home.