Isla Carroll, White Birch Win First Round Games In C.V. Whitney Cup
At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Ten-goaler Mike Azzaro scored eight goals, including
six in the first half, to lead Catamount over past Las Monjitas
14-9 in a first-round match of the 26th annual C.V. Whitney Cup
26-goal polo tournament Thursday at International Polo Club Palm
other first-round games, 8-goaler Pancho Bensadon scored five goals
to lead Isla Carroll over Everglades 10-9 and White Birch, led by
10-goaler Mariano Aguerres four goals and key passes, defeated
Gracida and Azzaro scored the first two goals and Catamount (1-0)
never trailed in the game. Azzaros offense sparked Catamount
to an 8-4 halftime lead and they coasted to victory.
finished with five goals and substitute Willie Hartnett, playing
for injured patron Scott Devon, added one goal. Pelon Escapite did
Novillo Astrada led Las Monjitas (0-1) with four goals while Nacho
Novillo Astrada scored three goals and Eduardo Novillo Astrada and
patron Camilo Bautista had one goal each.
Intriago, substituting for Isla Carroll patron John Goodman, scored
his only goal with 4:21 left in the fifth chukker to give his team
a 10-7 lead. Goodman missed the game with a stomach ailment. Isla
Carroll dominated the first two minutes of the sixth chukker but
could not score, giving Everglades a chance for a comeback. Bensadon
and Everglades 8-goaler Lucas Monteverde each missed a 60-yard
penalty shot midway through the chukker and then Tomas Llorente
took control. Llorente scored two goals within an 80-second span
to cut the margin to 10-9 with 1:37 left. But Everglades could not
get the tying goal.
Sugar Erskine added three goals and 9-goaler Memo Gracida added
one for Isla Carroll (1-0). Llorente finished with a game-high six
goals while Monteverde, Owen Rinehart and patron Skeeter Johnston
scored one goal each for Everglades (0-1).
Brant scored what proved to be the game-winner with 3:35 remaining
in the fifth chukker as the wide-open White Birch patron took a
centering pass from Aguerre and tapped in a forehand to make it
cut it to 10-9 late in the fifth chukker but Aguerre added a 60-yard
penalty shot with 2:20 left in the sixth chukker and assisted on
Del Waltons goal a minute later to clinch the game.
and Walton finished with three goals while Lucas Criado added two
goals for White Birch (1-0). Mariano Gonzalez led Millarville (0-1)
with four goals while Frederick Mannix scored three goals and Daniel
Roenisch and Augustin Zavaleta had one goal each.
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.