Polo Sunday @ International Polo Club Palm Beach Feb.8,2004
WELLINGTON, Florida - With a gracious gesture to the storied history
of a sport more than 2,500 years old, high-goal polo continued to
flourish at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on and off the
field during action at the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup.
A crowd of 1,157 enjoyed a cool, sunny day honoring polo and polo
history. The on-field festivities began with the parade of polo players.
Fourteen-year-old Giovy Jimenez of the renowned Dreyfoos School of
the Arts in West Palm Beach sang the national anthem. George Dupont,
Executive Director of the Polo Museum and Hall of Fame, expertly handled
the pre-game coin toss near midfield.
The club's traditional halftime champagne divot stomp continued with
a twist as four 2004 Hummers, the official vehicle of International
Polo Club Palm Beach, raced onto the field, bearing the bubbly. The
Mighty Wolverine Sound Pep Band of Wellington High School entertained
the crowd at halftime.
Prior to the polo match, more than 240 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 Cup match.
On the field, Everglades came back from a 4-1 deficit to register
an 8-6 victory over Las Monjitas. Everglades patron Skeeter Johnston,
who scored one goal and was instrumental in rallying his team, was
named the game's MVP.
The 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. Many Hall of
Fame inductees attended the game, including Red Armour, S.K. (Skey)
Johnston Jr., Memo Gracida, Tommy Wayman and Bill Ylvisaker. Joe Wayne
Barry, the son of the late Joe Barry, a recent Hall of Fame inductee,
played for Everglades.
Seventeen teams entered the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup with the final
scheduled for Sunday, February 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.
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue
South, between Lake Worth Road and Pierson Road, in Wellington.