Chapman Captures French Amateur: Scores 4 and 3 Win Over Billy Maxwell; Pinehurst, N. C., Golf Veteran Regains Title in Paris That He First Won Back in 1939, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-10


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Chapman Captures French Amateur Scores 4 and 3 Win Over Billy Maxwell PinehursN. C.#Golf Veteran Regains Title in Paris That He First Won Back in 1939 PARIS, France, June 9 UP . — Dick Chapman, the Pinehurst, N. C, veteran who lost his British Amateur golf crown two weeks ago, rallied on second round today to win the French Amateur Championship for the second time with a 4 and 3 victory over young Billy Maxwell, the U. S. champion from Odessa, Tex., in their scheduled 36-hole final. The 41-year-old Chapman, whose nerves have been steeled by 17 seasons on the international golf beat, regained the title he first won in 1939 when the 22-year-old Maxwell was in the fourth grade. Chapman lost his British Amateur title May 29 when David Blair, a little known Scottish player, upset him in the sixth round at Prestwick, Scotland, but there was .no question who was the master today when the North Carolina socialite began to apply the pressure in the afternoon round. Maxwell, driving and putting perfectly on the rolling Mortfontaine course, took a 1-up lead at the end of the morning round by winning the 18th hole. It appeared that the little, red-haired Texan was poised to score his first International victory. But Maxwell, who won the U. S. crown at Bethlehem, Pa., last September as an unheralded junior from North Texas State College, hadnt been able to shake off Chapman with his seven-under-par 67 first round. Chapman fired a 68 in the morning. Maxwell Appears Nervous Maxwell appeared nervous as he walked to the clubhouse.for lunch and he had reason to be. In the afternoon, Chapman produced nearly all the brilliant golf- as he fired a series of nearly perfect drives. On the 35th and last hole, Chapman drove straight down the center while Maxwell sliced into the left rough. Maxwell was still in the rough with his second shot. Chapmans second landed in a bunker but Maxwells waning hopes were short-lived. Chapman blasted out beautifully to the green and dropped the putt for a four. It took Maxwell four strokes to reach the green. He had already lost the match but he played it all the way, taking a six when his bid for an 18-f ooter rimmed the cup. They halved the first two holes on the afternoon round and Chapman evened the match on the 21st when he shot a four against Maxwells five. After that it was all Chapman. He went ahead to stay by shooting a three against Maxwells five on the 23rd. Then they halved five straight holes in fours but Chapman went 2-up by winning, the 29th with a sparkling two against Maxwells three. The 148-yard 31st — the shortest hole on " the course — gave- Chapman a chance to demonstrate his accuracy with his irons. His tee shot was dead* to the pin for an easy two and a 3 up lead as Maxwells drive landed 18 feet from the flag and he took two putts. Then came the 35th and Maxwells game let him down completely while Chapman coolly blasted out of the bunker to win the title. They halved the first seven holes of the morning round. Chapman won the eighth but Maxwell deadlocked it again on the nine with a three against Chapmans four. Chapman went ahead again by winning the 12th but it was all-even again when the little Texan took the 15th. On the 18th, Maxwell got off another of the fine drives that distinguished his first round play and Chapman sliced into the rough. Maxwell was on the green with his second shot and went 1-up with a safe four. Chapman lost the hole when he two-putted for a five but his fine recovery from the rough, which put him on the green in three, indicated that Maxwell was in for a tough afternoon. j

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