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Lenczyk, Kirk Top British Golf Field Foremost American Women Competitors Seek Honors In Empire Links Classic NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland, May 13 UP.— Grace Lenczyk of Newington, Conn., and Peggy Kirk of Findlay, Ohio, were favored today to win the British Womens Golf Championship which opens Monday at the Royal Countjr Down course. Other Americans in the tournament were Dorothy Kielty, Mrs. Madeleine Bayly and Mrs. Ruth McCullough, all of Los Angeles. Defending champion Frances Stephens of England slipped among the favorites following her defeat by Jean Donald of Scotland as Scotland upset England in a recent team match, 6 to 3. Australian Rated High Although the Royal County Down course is rated one of the most difficult in Britain, the Americans were finding the treeless course with its slippery greens ideal for their style of biting the ball into the green on approach shots. Jacqueline Gordon of Britain and Pamela Davis, the British girls champion, were conceded a chance of keeping the title out of American hands. Pat Borthwick, an Australian sports writer and twice holder of the Australians Womens crown, also was rated high among the 106 entrants. The Viscountess De Saint Saveur of France, who won the French, Italian, Swiss and Luxembourg championships last year, also was entered. Womens par for the course is 38-37 — 75. The course is 3,241 yards out with a 504 first hole, and 3,274 yards in with a 520 yard 18th hole.