MATTHEW Worthing took out his seventh Jacaranda Cup at Grafton Golf Club yesterday.
Worthing returned even par cards of 71 on both days of the 36-hole event to finish with a scratch score of 142.
His rounds consisted of four birdies on Saturday and five on Sunday.
Nearest rival Craig Langford was six strokes off the pace with 148.
But Worthing insisted he didn't have it all his own way and needed a bit of luck with the trusty sand iron to jump clear on the final day.
"I had a couple of brain explosions which cost me a couple of shots and I played the par fives poorly on Saturday," Worthing said.
"But I was three under for the par fives and played pretty well the rest of the time." Worthing chipped in for birdie on the 6th to put himself in the box seat for the run home.
"The chip in on the 6th was pretty important," he said. "At that stage it was touch and go."
Club president Trevor Townsend said the day ran smoothly and was pleased the locals featured heavily amongst the trophies.
"We had a fantastic weekend," Townsend said.
"Friday night was wonderful as a precursor to the event and then we had 180 starters on Saturday and 150 on Sunday.
"A really strong field including 36 from Virginia Golf Club, a dozen or so from Armidale plus other clubs around the area."
Peter Tracey (136) won the 36-hole net, Craig Langford (72) the Saturday gross and Graeme Dewberry (74) the Sunday gross.
The daily net winners were Tommy Gillett (68) in division one and Ron Phillips (64) in division two on Saturday and Michael Endean (69) for division one and Jeremy Vaughan (67) division two on Sunday.
142: Matthew Worthing
148: Craig Langford
153:Matthew McKee, Jesse Boffey, Ricky Boffey
154: Jeff Hackett