Monjitas Continues Winning Ways In Opening Round Of Stanford Financial
Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club
Florida Eight-goaler Silvestre Donovan scored four goals,
all in the first half, as Las Monjitas built a 7-3 lead and coasted
to an 8-6 victory over Texas Polo in the first round of the Stanford
Financial Group 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship at Sunday
International Polo Club Palm Beach.
other first-round action, 10-goaler Bautista Heguy and 17-year-old
Sapo Caset scored five goals each to lead Pony Express over Millarville
victory keeps Las Monjitas (2-0) tied for first place in Division
I with Pony Express.
looked easy in the beginning, but in the end we made it complicated,
said Las Monjitas 10-goaler Javier Novillo Astrada, who scored
three goals. We slowed the game down and it was better for
them. I never thought we were going to lose the game.
Monjitas led 8-3 after four chukkers before Texas Polo began a comeback.
Pepe Heguy and Milo Araujo scored consecutive goals within a 53-second
span to cut the margin to 8-5. However, Araujo missed a 60-yard
penalty shot with 2:21 left in the fifth and missed a 40-yard penalty
shot with 4:51 left in the sixth chukker. On the ensuing possession,
Gaston Laulhe missed a 20-yard forehand for Texas Polo.
who was selected as the games MVP, has been playing in place
of 9-goaler Eduardo Novillo Astrada, who is still recovering from
cracked ribs and a bruised lung suffered in a fall on March 8. Although
he is practicing, it is unsure if he will play in either of the
remaining two first-round games.
are very happy with (Donovan), said Javier Novillo Astrada.
He is playing well and he gets along with Eduardos horses.
I hope Eduardo will play in the third or fourth game, but it is
important to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Novillo Astrada added one goal and patron Camilo Bautista did not
score for Las Monjitas.
Milo Araujo led Texas Polo (0-1) with four goals and 9-goaler Pepe
Heguy added two goals. Patron Michael Price and Gaston Laulhe did
win keeps Pony Express (2-0) tied for first place in Division I
with Las Monjitas, who play each other in the final game of the
first round on April 8 at 3 p.m.
Pony Express scored three consecutive goals in a 90-second span
in the third chukker to snap a 4-4 tie and never relinquished the
Millarville (0-2) battled back with three unanswered goals in the
fifth chukker, all on penalty shots, to close the margin to 9-8.
Heguy converted a 60-yard penalty shot 23 seconds into the sixth
chukker to give Pony Express a 10-8 lead. But Augustin Zavaleta
stole the ball and dribbled in for a 20-yard forehand to slice to
margin to 10-9 with 5:28 left in the game.
Eight-goaler Alex Agote smashed a 100-yard neck shot with 4:37 remaining
to give Pony Express an 11-9 lead. Agote then made a key defensive
stop on 7-goaler Frederick Mannix before Caset made a nice play
in the corner, stealing the ball and dribbling along the endline
to make it 12-9 with 2:08 left.
Eight-goaler Mariano Gonzalez converted a 60-yard penalty with 1:34
left and Daniel Roenisch scored on a 10-yard forehand in traffic
with 29 seconds remaining but time ran out on Millarville.
Anja Daniels, substituting for her injured husband Bob, the Pony
Express patron, added one goal. Bob Daniels suffered broken ribs
three weeks but is expected to play in the next game.
Mannix led Millarville with five goals while Gonzalez scored three
goals and Zavaleta and Roenisch added one each.
High-goal polo action continues Monday at 10 a.m. when San Saba
(0-1) plays Everglades (0-1).
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.