Lechuza Caracas, Orchard Hill Register Easy Wins To
Open 26-Goal Whitney Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Ten-goaler Sebastian Merlos scored eight goals to
lead Lechuza Caracas over Texas Polo 15-9 in a first-round match
of the 26th annual C.V. Whitney Cup 26-goal polo tournament Wednesday
at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
another first-round game, 10-goaler Eduardo Heguy and 8-goaler Julio
Arellano scored five goals each to pace Orchard Hill past Pony Express
scored on a breakaway 50 seconds into the game and Lechuza never
trailed, although Texas Polo battled back to tie the game at 3-3
on Milo Araujos goal early in the second chukker.
which won this tournament in 2002 and 1999, responded with six consecutive
goals three each by Sebastian and Pite Merlos. Texas Polo
never got closer than four goals the rest of the game.
Blake and patron Victor Vargas scored two goals each for Lechuza
Laulhe and Pepe Heguy scored three goals each to lead Texas Polo
(0-1) while Araujo finished with two goals and patron Michael Price
added one goal.
Hill scored six unanswered goals over three chukkers to take a commanding
11-5 margin with 2:08 left in the fourth chukker. Pony Express missed
two 30-yard penalty shots and had a 60-yard penalty shot blocked
in the fifth chukker as it tried to mount a comeback.
Roldan added three goals while patron Steve Van Andel did not score
for Orchard Hill (1-0).
finished with three goals while Alex Agote scored two and Sapo Caset
added one for Pony Express (0-1). Patron Bob Daniels did not score.
teams entered the tournament, which is a prelude to the Stanford
Financial Group U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious
polo tournament in North America. The C.V. Whitney Cup final is
scheduled for Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. at the International Polo
Club Palm Beach stadium.
tournament is named in memory of Cornelius Vanderbilt Sonny
Whitney, who along with his brother John Hay Whitney, were important
polo patrons in the 1930's. The son of Hall of Fame patron Harry
Payne Whitney, C.V. won the U.S. Open three times (twice against
his brother), and was a renowned owner and breeder of thoroughbred
polo matches are open to the public. Tickets for the Sunday games
at the International Polo Club Palm Beach are available at the gate,
beginning at $10 each. For information or advance tickets, call
(561) 204-5687 or visit the club website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
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
Floridas 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.