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Tee Off in British Amateur Today Chapman Favored To Retain Crown Shoots 68 Practice Round; Play at Prestwick, Scotland Lures Forty-Two Americans By HENRY THORNBERRY United Press Sports Writer PRESTWICK, Scotland, May 24. Defending champion Dick Chapman of Pine-hurst, N. C, shot a practice round 68 today to establish himself as a firm favorite to retain his British Amateur golf championship in the tournament beginning Monday. Chapman, Frank Stranahan of Toledo, Ohio, and Harvey Ward of Chicago were the pre-tourney choices, even before todays round, but the North Carolina lad, playing today in a foursome with Bobby Knowles of Aiken, S. C, Scottish champion Morty Dykes and Henri Lemaze of France, moved to the top of the list. Ward didnt do so well in his practice round today. He quickly discovered the terrors of Prestwicks deadly first hole, which runs along a railroad line. He cut his first two tee shots out of bounds and took an eight for the hole. But he still finished with a 75, which is not bad for a first visit to this course. Billy Maxwell of Odessa, Texas, the American champion, has impressed observers in match play with his expert short game. But Chapman remained the choice. In all, there are 42 Americans entered in the tournament. Their pairings: FIRST ROUND: Capt. James Brady, U. S. Army vs. Felix Salamon Nyack, N. Y.; Harvey Ward, Tarboro, N. C. vs. Ronald Nicol, Scotland; Louis B. Stoner, Hartford, Conn. vs. L. G. Emmett, England; Capt. J. M. Anderson, U. S. Army vs. R. Neil, Scotland; Ray Graham, Glen Head, N. Y. vs. James McKay, England; Warren Adams, Garden City, N. Y. vs. A. Frazer, Scotland. SECOND ROUND, First Quarter: Hobart Manley, Savannah, Ga. vs. D. T. Dobie, Kenya; Frank Strafaci, Garden City, N. Y. vs. Henri Lamaze, France; Maj. Leonard Scannell, Toledo, Ohio vs. E. F. Grigg, Scotland; Sgt. Harold Ridglwy, Panama City, Fla. vs. Ken Frazier, England; John Hed-don, Dowagiac, Mich. vs. Nerrill Hval, U. S. Air Force, Portland, Ore.; George Coleman, Miami, Olka. vs. A. Hall, Scotland; Dick Chapman, Pinehurst, N. C. vs. V. R. Lindsay-Renfrew, Scotland; Billy Maxwell, Odessa, Tex. vs. Gordon Buchanan Peters, Scotland; Bob Sweeny, Pasadena, Calif, now living in London vs. Alex Kyle, England. Second Quarter Group Second Quarter: Barton Ridgeford, San Francisco vs. A. C. Miller, Scotland; George Hackl, Princeton, N. J. vs. T. T. Reedy, England; J. F. McNeilly Air Force in Germany from Lynn, Mass vs. W. M. MacKenzie, Scotland; Ted Bassett, Greenwich, Conn, vs. T. B. Bayliss, England; Bill Shields, Albany, N. Y. vs. Ed Wowery, San Francisco; Jim McHale, Philadelphia vs. Norman Dunn, England; Clark Espie, Indianapolis vs. V. M. Alexander, Scotland; Col. Antonio Lawrence, U. S. Army vs. Bobby Knowles, Aiken, .S. C; Lt. Comdr. H. E. Pembrook, U. S. Navy, Carlisle, Pa. vs. T. B. Main, England. Brady, Stoner, Salamon, Anderson and Ward also are in this quarter. Third Quarter : Sgt. R. K. Harrison, U. S. Air Force vs. J. C. Hyslop, Scotland; Pat Mucci, Paterson, N. J. vs. David Reid, Scotland; Chris Dunphy, Palm Beach, Fla. vs. A. Johnston, Scotland; Chic -Evans, Chicago vs. R. B. Lawrence, England; John Penrose, Miami, Fla. vs. W. G. C. Gillies, Scotland; William. Harmona, New York vs. G. A. Lpveday, England; T. Ross Thomson, j Orlando, Fla. vs. R. W. Jenkins, Scotland. -Graham and Adams also are in this quarter. Fourth Quarter: Joseph Bernolfo, Salt Lake City vs. Malcolm Lee, England; Paul Coste student at St. Andrews University from Jamestown, R. I. vs. Maj. Oliver K. Rodgers, U. S. Air Force from Waco, Tex.; j E. Bradford Tazewell, Norfolk, Va. vs. R. Barr, England; Capt. J. S. Allison, Charleston, S. C. vs. J. Morgan, Scotland; Everett Hicks, San Francisco vs. G.N.Taylor, Scotland; Frank Stranahan, Toledo, O. vs. Joe Gent, England.