Smithies puts rivals to the sword

 ROGER Smithies won the Royton Sword for the second time in three years in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit which he topped in 2002.

Roger SmithiesThe former Lancashire County stalwart  (pictured)posted scores of 70 and 71 for a one-over-par total in testing conditions, dropping his only shot at the short 14th in the second round.

Smithies, from Manchester, prevailed by three strokes from Didsbury’s Jack Brooks who moved into fifth place in the ranking 235 points adrift of leader Tom Dolan, from Heswall.

LEADING SCORES: 141 Roger Smithies (Manchester) 70 71; 144 Jack Brooks (Didsbury) 71 73; 147 Max Rogers (Astbury) 73 74, Ben Crompton (Manchester) 69 78; 148 John Wilding (Heysham) 73 75; 150 Craig Fallows (Huyton & Prescot) 75 75, Paul Wilson (Woolstanton) 73 77; 151 Lewis Pownell (Fairfield) 76 75; 153 Matthew Bargh (Heysham) 74 79; 154 Kris Sutcliffe (Crompton & Royton) 80 74; 156 James Kempster (Bramhall) 78 78; 157 Andrew Fitzpatrick (Keighley) 80 77.



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