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Nancy Ann Nelson, 16, of San Clemente, Calif., earned enough money to travel to Hawaii, where she entered high school, practiced for the International Surfing Championships. Her dedication paid off as she won the women's open title.

James Zug, 22, a graduate student at Harvard, came up with one of the biggest upsets in squash racquets history by beating Defending Champion Azam Khan, 15-14, 9-15, 10-15, 15-9, 15-6, in the first round of the U.S. Open Singles in New York.

Raymond Weinstein, a 21-year-old Brooklyn College psychology major, ended any "wait 'll next year" cries of borough chess followers by leading his squad to a 3-1 win over Columbia and the national intercollegiate team chess title in Philadelphia.

Yale Stockwell, 16, of Darien, Conn. won both the 16-and-under and 18-and-under age group championships at the national girls' indoor tennis finals in Boston. She upset top-seeded Joanne Swanson, 18, of Pawtucket, R.I. 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, for the major title.

Bill Hay of Los Angeles, former announcer for the Amos 'n' Andy show, became the first American to be elected president of the International Bowling Board. He belongs to the Beverly Hills (Calif.) Lawn Bowling Club and ranks as one of the world's best lawn bowlers.

George Byers Jr. of Columbus, Ohio won the Orange Bowl Powerboat Regatta International Grand Prix around a closed course in Miami. He took the final three-lap race after having turned in the fastest time of the day's competition in the elimination heats.