ADRIAN Smith shot one of the best rounds ever seen at Widnes GC on his way to their Club Championship.
He scored a five-under-par 64 -one off the club record - in the first of two rounds.
It was a standard no-one could live with - not even himself. But Smith's second-round 77 was still enough for victory by five strokes.
The winner, who finished with a three-over-par 141, had been nine clear of his nearest challenger Mark Phillips after the first 18 with Phillips carding a four-over-par 73.
Phillips repeated this score in the second round for an aggregate of 146 and overall runners-up spot.
However, this included a disastrous 10 on the par-five tenth, which effectively put paid to his challenge.
Result: 1 Adrian Smith 64+77=141; 2 Mark Phillips 73+73=146; 3 Kelvin Birch 75+75+150; 4 Alan Carter 76+75=151; Gary Whitfield 79+74=153.
* Home advantage told in the Tetley Cup - an open 18-hole betterball Stableford competition played off seven eighths of handicap - at Highfield Road.
Early starters Alan Potter and Ste Roberts, both Widnes members, were the winners with 47pts.
Two points behind were Dave Cafferty and Ste O'Neill, also from the host club.
Chris Lam (Widnes) and Lymm's Ken Everett were beaten into third place on a card play-off.
Fourth spot went to Widnes club president Bill Ferguson and John Penney (44pts).