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Gordon (Buddy) Baker, steady 17-year-old South Carolinian playing his third year of golf, won the USGA National Junior tournament in St. Paul, by beating Doug Lindsay, Bethesda, Md., also 17, 2 and 1.

Gwyneth Thomas, 18, Shaker Heights, Ohio, seeded fifth in Philadelphia's women's grass court tennis championship, upset second-seeded Mary Ann Mitchell in quarter-finals, beat finalist Margaret Varner.

Bob Middleton, Wayne, N.J. 14-year-old angler, landed 24½-pound black-fin tuna off Bermuda, may be new world record if catch on 20-pound test-line is approved by International Game Fish Association.

Vicki Palmer, 13-year-old tennis power of Phoenix, Ariz., batted down top-ranked Carol Ann Prosen of Orlando, Fla. in National Under-15 (Middletown, Ohio) tournament, won 6-2, 6-1 for first national title.

Eddie Brown, 13, of Birmingham, Mich., shattered 773 of 775 targets in first four days of Pontiac, Mich.'s National Skeet Shoot championships, kept zeroed in to win the junior title with 249 points.

Ann Marston, pert 19-year-old born hard by Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest in England, retained women's freestyle archery title in national meet in Michigan with high score of 2,463 points, over Cleo Roberson.

Bill Ploeger, Darien, Ga., played heads-down golf in Dothan, Ala.'s Future Masters tournament, birdied five of last six holes for 213 in 54-hole medal match, two strokes under Jimmy Parks, Jacksonville, Fla.