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The New York Yankees invite an Australian batsman, Tenzing takes skiing lessons, the world court tennis title changes hands and some of America's best men golfers ask some of the best women golfers for help

Harmonious Duet was played by golfers Jack Penrose of Miami and Mrs. Marlene Stewart Streit of Toronto, who won the national mixed-foursome championship at Jupiter, Fla. Playing shots alternately with the same ball, they defeated 66 teams of the nation's best men and women amateur golfers. Grouped together under the Florida sun—the men stationed behind their playing partners—are the eight quarter-finalist teams. Perched decorously in the golf carts are Pat O'Sullivan, Mrs. Carolyn Cudone, Frances Rich, Joanne Goodwin, Roma Neundorf, Berridge Long, Barbara McIntire and Co-winner Marlene Streit, who was 1956 U.S. Women's amateur champion. Standing are Willie Turnesa, former British and U.S. amateur champion, Dick Chapman, another national amateur winner, Ed Meister, James McHale, Howard Everitt, J. Wolcott Brown, Bob Cochron and the winner Jack Penrose.

Everest Conqueror Tenzing Norgay turned up on skis-and at remarkably low altitude for him—in the Italian Alps. Tenzing is a guest of the town of Trento, where he skis several hours a day, plans to teach his new skill at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. Tenzing's first invitation to Trento came in 1957, for a film festival which included The Conquest of Everest. The town has asked him back every year since, with all expenses paid. Say the townspeople: "He's wonderful." Says Tenzing: "Everybody very nice here, very friendly. Mountain people always friendly."

New world ruler of court tennis, Northrup R. Knox of Aiken, S.C. (right), won the Open Championship from Albert Johnson, the professional at New York's Racquet and Tennis Club (left), became the first amateur to win the world championship in 45 years and only the second in modern history. Court tennis, the medieval, four-walled ancestor of modern lawn tennis, involves complex strategy, quick thinking. Knox, 30, wiry and aggressive, won three out of four sets the first day, same on the second, took his seventh and deciding set in 20 minutes on the third. World championships are not played every year; a challenger must post £500 as a guarantee of his sincerity. Johnson plans to rechallenge in 1960.

Cricket hero of Australia for his part in the rout of the English (SI, Feb. 16), 22-year-old Norman O'Neill signs autographs for a group of admiring youngsters down under. O'Neill's turnabout of the week was his decision to accept an invitation from George Weiss, general manager of the New York Yankees, to work out at the Yankee training camp in St. Petersburg this March. A shortstop for the St. George Club of Sydney in Australia's informal baseball circuit, he has hit .400 for two years in a row. He was scouted for the Yankees by tennis' Bill Talbert, who notes: "Fast, good fielder, wonderful eye."