Catamount, Bendabout, White Birch Post Opening Round
Wins In Stanford Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship
At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Ten-goaler Mike Azzaro scored seven goals as Catamount
won its seventh consecutive 26-goal game, a 9-5 victory over Everglades
Thursday in the first round of the Stanford Financial Group
100th U.S. Open Polo Championship at International Polo Club Palm
other first-round action, 10-goaler Mariano Aguerre scored 10 goals,
including the game-winner with 40 seconds remaining as White Birch
edged Lechuza 10-9 and Bendabout topped San Saba 12-8 behind four
goals by 10-goaler Adam Snow.
took a 5-3 lead on 8-goaler Lucas Monteverdes 60-yard penalty
shot with five seconds remaining in the second chukker but did not
score the rest of the game despite numerous opportunities.
(1-0) tied the game at 5-5 on Azzaros breakaway with 2:37
left in the third chukker. Two goals by Azzaro in the fifth chukker
broke the tie and neither team scored in the fifth chukker.
Carlos Gracida, playing with a sore knee, scored two goals for Catamount,
including a 70-yard forehand with 58 seconds remaining in the game
to stretch the margin to 8-5. Azzaro rounded out the scoring with
an 80-yard forehand with 12 seconds left. Pelon Escapite and Catamount
patron Scott Devon did not score.
Monteverde scored all five of Everglades goals while patron
Skeeter Johnston, Owen Rinehart and Tomas Llorente were held scoreless.
Aguerres winning goal, a 10-yard tail shot, broke the sixth
tie of the game. Aguerre had tied the game at 9-9 on a 40-yard penalty
shot with 1:35 remaining.
Lechuza, runner-up last year and considered one of the top contenders
for the 2004 title, had a chance to tie the game but 10-goaler Sebastian
Merlos missed a shot with eight seconds remaining.
Lechuza led 8-4 on patron Victor Vargas goal early in the
fifth chukker before White Birch mounted a comeback behind Aguerre.
He made four penalty shots in the final two chukkers and had seven
in the game.
led Lechuza (0-1) with seven goals, six on penalty shots, while
10-goaler Pite Merlos and Vargas scored one goal each. Gaston Urturi
did not score.
After an even first chukker, Bendabout scored five of the next six
goals to take a 7-3 halftime lead and coasted to victory. San Saba
never got closer than three goals the rest of the game 11-8
with 4:42 left in the game.
Ten-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada and 5-goaler Alejandro Novillo
Astrada scored three goals each while patron Gillian Johnston added
one goal for Bendabout
Agustin Merlos led San Saba (0-1) with four goals while 8-goaler
Hector Galindo scored three goals and Toto Collardin added one goal.
Patron Tommy Lee Jones did not score.
High-goal polo action continues Sunday at noon when Pony Express
(1-0) plays Millarville (0-1) and continues at 3 p.m. when Las Monjitas
(1-0) plays Texas Polo (0-0).
teams, featuring nine 10-goalers, have entered the Stanford Financial
Group U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious polo
tournament in North America, highlighting the historic inaugural
polo season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The 26-goal
tournament culminates with the championship match on Sunday, April
18 at 3 p.m. Fifteen teams, in 2002, is the record for teams in
a U.S. Open.
Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open will be played on the
International Polo Club Palm Beachs five world-class Bermuda-grass
playing fields and teams will also take advantage of the many private
fields in Wellington.
Houston-based Stanford Financial Group, a privately-held global
network of affiliated companies, has signed on as the title sponsor
of the 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2004. Stanfords
family of companies provides international private banking, trust
and brokerage services and real estate development. Currently, the
Stanford organization manages in excess of $17 billion in deposits
and assets, serving clients on six continents. The success of the
group is the result of entrepreneurial spirit and drive spearheaded
by third generation Chairman and CEO R. Allen Stanford.
the high-goal teams on the field, the International Polo Club Palm
Beach has amassed a lineup of prestigious sponsors for the U.S.
Open. The U.S. Open tournament will feature a different presenting
sponsor every Sunday, including Bombardier Aerospace, Cunard Ltd.
always, there will be a delicious Sunday brunch, catered by The
Breakers, open to the public preceding the featured stadium match,
along with the now traditional and very popular champagne divot
stomp and an post-match awards presentation.
tickets for the U.S. Open tournament Sunday games range from $15
for general admission to $120 for tailgating spots and are available
in advance. For ticket information for the U.S. Open, please call
the club at (561) 204-5687 or visit online at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
Tickets are also available at the gate.
Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, between
Pierson Road and Lake Worth Road, in Wellington.