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.
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 a�-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?-mile, $85,400 Rockingham Park Special in 1:48[1/5], finishing 4� 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.