Merrill L. Carlsmith, 57, a Hilo, Hawaii lawyer, became the first ever to win the U.S. Golf Association's Senior Amateur Championship two years in succession when he defeated William D. Higgins of San Francisco 3 and 2 in the final round on the Sea Island, Ga. course.
HARNESS RACING—Michigan-bred RUSTY RANGE ($21.50), the sixth choice in a field of seven, won the Harness Tracks of America Final pace by half a length at Roosevelt Raceway ( N.Y.). Driven by Willard Niles, the 4-year-old pacer covered the mile in a creditable 2:00[1/5].
Shrewdly handled by Marcel Dostie, his Canadian driver and trainer, COUNTRY DON ($12.80) went wide in the homestretch and scored a three-length upset over Meadow Skipper and Overtrick, 1963's top 3-year-old pacers, in the William Penn Pace at Liberty Bell, Philadelphia. "They committed sucide fighting for the lead," said Dostie. "We were there to take over when they were dead."
HOCKEY—The National Hockey League season started with a small surprise as Boston's goalie. Ed Johnston, made 38 saves and the Bruins tied Montreal 4-4, But Boston quickly reverted to form and dropped its next two games. The embarrassed Canadiens, however, bounced back to crush New York 6-2, despite the efforts of their former teammate. Goalie Jacques Plante (53 saves). In his first game as a Ranger, Plante had to make 40 saves in a 3-1 loss to Chicago. Led by Gordie Howe, who scored three goals to come within a goal of Maurice Richard's 544-lifetime record. Detroit defeated Chicago 5-3 and Boston 3-0 share first place with the Black Hawks (two wins, one loss).
HORSE RACING—Louis Wolfson's undefeated ROMAN BROTHER ($3.90), with Johnny Rotz aboard, took his fourth in a row with an easy 4�-length victory in the $212,150 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct (see page 62).
Lightly regarded SMART ($15.20), carrying 114 pounds, won the Manhattan Handicap at Aqueduct by 2� lengths in track record time (1:28 for the mile and a half). Carry Back, under a top weight of 125, finished 11th in the 12-horse field.
MOTOR SPORTS—Driving a Ford-engined Cooper-Cobra. DAVE MacDONALD of El Monte, Calif. took the lead on the fifth lap and held it the rest of the way to win the 200-mile Riverside ( Calif.) Grand Prix for sports cars (see page 20).
Junior Johnson, a Ronda ( N.C.) chicken farmer, averaged 132.050 mph in a 1963 Chevrolet to win his second straight National 400 on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
PRE-OLYMPICS—Exactly 12 months before the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan held a dry run to test its new Olympic facilities. Called the Tokyo International Sports Week, it involved six days of competition in 18 Olympic events among more than 600 athletes from 30 countries, plus some 3.000 Japanese. The outstanding feat in the first two days of competition was a world record in the 400-meter individual medley swim (4:50.2) by West Germany's GERHARD HETZ. The U.S. won its first gold medals when Linda Cooper took the women's platform dive and Ken Sitzberger, the men's springboard. Russia and Rumania dominated women's track and field, and world record holder Harold Connolly finished third in the hammer throw behind a Russian and a Japanese.
TENNIS—The Israel Autumn International Tournament in Tel Aviv turned out to be an intrasquad U.S. DAVIS CUP TEAM affair, as Chuck McKinley beat Frank Froehling 6-4, 6-4 for the singles title, and McKinley and Dennis Ralston won the doubles from Froehling and Marty Riessen on the basis of a racket toss (darkness forced an end to play after each side had taken a 7-5 set).