Photo Credit: Shelley Heatley
Continue At International Polo Club Palm Beach During 22-Goal
Hall Of Fame Cup Action
Florida In one of the most exciting games of the season
before 2,212 appreciative spectators, the memories continued
at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on and off the field
at the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup.
Smith, the most recent inductee into the Polo Hall of Fame,
and his wife Marsha, presented the trophies to the teams during
the post-match ceremonies. The son of the legendary Cecil
Smith, Charles won five U.S. Open championships and numerous
other major tournaments. They were ably assisted by George
DuPont and Brenda Lynn of the Polo Museum and Hall of Fame.
The on-field festivities began with the parade of polo players
to midfield, led by 13-year-old Maggie Boyle carrying the
American flag. Gotmar Ghiron of Caracas, Venezuela sang the
national anthem. Actor, artist and polo player Doug Sheehan,
perhaps best known for two memorable characters -- Joe
Kelly on General Hospital and Ben
Gibson on Knots Landing -- graciously presided
over the pre-game coin toss near midfield.
Javier Hovilla-Astrada/Pablo Macdohough
Credit: Shelley Heatley
clubs now traditional halftime champagne divot stomp
continued with a new visual twist as four 2004 Hummers, the
official vehicle of International Polo Club Palm Beach, raced
onto the field, carrying the bubbly in perfect symmetry as
a solitary parasail piloted by Capt. Larry Littlefield of
Para Air Sports in Boynton Beach and his VIP passenger, 8-goaler
Sugar Erskine of the Isla Carroll team, executed a perfect
landing at midfield, much to the delight of the fans.
Mayor Tom Wenham and his wife, Regis, were among the spectators,
as well as international special event planners Bruce Sutka
and David Negri of Sutka Productions, Donald Marshburn of
New York and Regine Diamond of Palm Beach.
to the polo match, more than 300 guests dined on a delicious
brunch catered by The Breakers before heading into the stadium
to catch all the exciting action in the 22-goal Hall of Fame
On the field, 9-goaler Eduardo Novillo Astrada dribbled through
two players and tapped in the game-winner with 30 seconds
remaining in the first overtime to carry Las Monjitas over
Crab Orchard 15-14 in a thrilling quarterfinal match. The
29 combined goals was the highest scoring game of the tournament.
Photo Credit: Shelley Heatley
Javier Novillo Astrada of Las Monjitas led all scorers with
10 goals. Three-goaler Willie Hartnett, who sparkled on defense
and made several key passes to the brothers Astrada, was selected
as the games MVP. Eight-goaler Pablo MacDonough, playing
with a broken left ankle, scored nine goals to lead Crab Orchard.
Hall of Fame Cup in named in honor of the Polo Museum and
Hall of Fame in Lake Worth that houses polo memorabilia from
the early 1900s through the present and is open to the public.
The Hall of Fame held its induction ceremonies on Friday evening.
teams entered the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup with the final
scheduled for Sunday (Feb. 29) at 3 p.m. High-goal polo action
continues every Sunday at 3 p.m. The polo game is open to
the public with tickets beginning at $10 each. For information,
call (561) 204-5687 or visit the website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South,
between Lake Worth Road and Pierson Road, in Wellington.