Defeats Bendabout 13-10 To Capture Joe Barry Memorial Title At International
Polo Club Palm Beach
Championship Sunday belonged to Catamount as Scott Devon's team
raised the bronze trophy in triumph following their victory in the
historic first high-goal title game at the new International Polo
Club Palm Beach. Mike Azzaro and Carlos Gracida combined for 11
goals to lead Catamount over Bendabout 13-10 to capture the 22-goal
Joe Barry Memorial tournament championship.
Azzaro, one of only two Americans playing at polo's maximum 10-goal
handicap, led the winners with six goals. Gracida finished with
five goals, including two in the crucial fifth chukker when Catamount
extended its lead from 8-7 to 11-8.
Catamount, which had outscored its opponents 49-29 in the four previous
games coming into the final, took a 7-3 halftime lead. Bendabout
dominated the fourth chukker as Miguel Novillo Astrada and his younger
brother, Alejandro, scored two goals each to cut the margin to 8-7.
That was as close as Bendabout got.
"We came out a little relaxed and lost our momentum,"
Catamount quickly regrouped and controlled the final two chukkers,
outscoring Bendabout 5-3 and never letting them get closer than
Ten-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada led Bendabout with five goals,
Alejandro Novillo Astrada scored three goals and patron Gillian
Johnston added one goal. Catamount patron Scott Devon and 15-year-old
Ulysses Escapite, playing in his first high-goal tournament, scored
one goal apiece.
"They just beat us," said Bendabout's No. 4 Boone Stribling.
"They beat every team in the tournament by five or six goals
and we came within three goals. They've been stomping everybody."
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 Coronation and Camacho
Cup trophies. Barry was a teammate of Carlos Gracida's on the 1980
championship USPA Gold Cup team. One of the greatest No. 4s in polo
history, Joe Barry was elected to the Polo Hall of Fame in 1999.
Sharon Barry, who flew in from Texas for the final, and her son,
Joe Wayne, presented trophies to both teams in the post-game ceremonies.
High-goal polo action continues on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the International
Polo Club Palm Beach stadium. Brigadoon, led by 10-goaler Adam Snow
and 7-goaler Tiger Kneece, plays C Spear, which features 9-goalers
Matias Magrini and Paco de Narvaez, in an important 22-goal Ylvisaker
The Ylvisaker Cup is named after William T. "Bill" Ylvisaker,
a polo pioneer who founded Palm Beach Polo and was inducted into
the Polo Hall of Fame in 1996.
The polo matches are open to the public. Tickets for the Sunday
games are available at the gate beginning at $10 or by calling 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.