The Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic became a family affair as Argentine brothers Luis and Horacio Carbonetti took first and second places at the Tobago Plantations Golf and Resort. Scotland’s Bill Longmuir shared second spot on six under par, but the day belonged to the Carbonettis, with Luis winning by two shots with a final round of four under par 68 for a three round aggregate of eight under 208.
The 51 year old, who is the younger of the two Carbonetti brothers, took the top prize of €28,314 (£19,487) and secured the third victory of his Seniors Tour career after a thrilling final day’s golf at the Tobago Plantations Golf and Resort.
Longmuir had looked to be in control of the tournament as he established a two shot lead over the field early in the day, but Carbonetti then burst into action with a brilliant run of four birdies in row between the seventh and tenth holes that enabled him to snap at Scotsman’s heels as they moved into the closing stages.
Two bogeys in his closing four holes saw Longmuir fall out of contention and allowed Carbonetti to finish the job in fine style with his fifth birdie of the day at the 18th and final hole.
“I am delighted to have won,” smiled Carbonetti, who presented with his trophy and winners cheque by the Tobago House of Assembly’s Chief Secretary, Orville London.
“Obviously my run of birdies from the seventh to the tenth was vital and it came at just the right time because I had bogeyed the sixth hole and had to recover quickly, which I managed to do. My tee shot at the seventh was the best shot of the day for me because it is a long par three and I hit a great six iron to just three feet and went on from there.
“After I made birdie on the tenth I told myself just to keep the ball on the fairways and greens because I knew then that I had a great chance of winning. At the start of the day I felt I was one of eight or nine players in the field that was capable of winning and I am just delighted to have done it.
“I am very happy for my brother as well – maybe it would have been good for the two of us to have a play-off for the trophy but it was not to be.”
Horacio Carbonetti posted a final round of 70 to join Longmuir in second place on six under par, while the English duo of Tony Allen and Carl Mason shared fourth place with Chuck Milne of the USA, Australia’s Noel Ratcliffe and Gery Watine of France on five under.
Longmuir was annoyed with himself for the manner in which he finished the tournament, but remained philosophical in defeat.
“I’m really disappointed to be honest with you,” he said after picking up a cheque for €16,045 (£11,042) alongside Horacio Carbonetti. “I got a few bad breaks on the way home and lost my concentration, which led to me not being able to see the shots over the last few holes.
“I thought I was in control for most of the day. Well, I was I suppose, but then a few minutes later I had lost it. But that’s the game I suppose. It’s not all doom and gloom though – I’ve got some money on the board early on in the season and I have played well for most of the week.”
Ratcliffe, meanwhile, took the second Hardys Super Seniors Prize of the season, winning €1750, with the English pair of John Morgan and Tommy Horton taking third and second places in the Super Seniors competition.