International Polo Palm Beach Sunday January 19, 2004
Florida - The new era of high-goal polo at the International Polo
Club Palm Beach continued in high style on and off the field at
the championship game of the 22-goal Joe Barry Memorial tournament
on Sunday (Jan. 18).
crowd of 1,086 enjoyed a day honoring one of polo's legends. The
tournament is named after American polo legend Joe Barry, who died
on May 18, 2002 at the age of 58. Born and raised in Texas, he achieved
a 9-goal rating and dominated polo in the United States in the 1960s
and 1970s. Barry won six U.S. Open championships, three Gold Cups,
three Silver Cups as well as the 1971 Coronation Cup in England.
One of the greatest No. 4s in polo history, Joe Barry was elected
to the Polo Hall of Fame in 1999.
His widow, Sharon Barry, who flew in from Texas for the final, and
their son, Joe Wayne, presented champagne and trophies to both teams
in the post-game ceremonies.
The championship day began with Erin O'Brien leading the parade
of polo players to midfield followed by Ariel Hermoso singing the
national anthem. Keven Hawkins, who was recently named as one of
America's top 25 young designers by House Beautiful in 2003, escorted
Sharon Barry to the pre-game coin toss near midfield.
The club's traditional halftime champagne divot stomp continued
as eight Southern Belles, who were driven in white horse-drawn carriages
to midfield, joined the festivities.
More than 200 guests dined on a delicious brunch catered by The
Breakers before heading into the stadium to watch the 22-goal Joe
Barry Memorial championship game.
On the field, American 10-goaler Mike Azzaro scored six goals and
9-goaler Carlos Gracida added five goals to lead Catamount over
Bendabout 13-10 to capture the first high-goal tournament final
at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach.
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.
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue
South in Wellington. From I-95, take the Forest Hill Boulevard exit
and go west approximately 12 miles. Turn left onto South Shore Boulevard
and go two miles. Turn left onto Pierson Road, travel about one
mile and then make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is
on the right. From Florida's Turnpike, take Exit 93 (Lake Worth
Road) and go west about six miles. Make a right onto 120th Avenue
South. The club is on the left.