Defeats San Saba 12-9 In Stanford Financial Group - 100th U.S. Open
Polo Championship At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Ten-goaler Sebastian Merlos scored six goals to lead
a revamped Lechuza lineup past San Saba 12-9 in a first-round game
of the Stanford Financial Group 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship
Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
other first-round games, 9-goaler Milo Araujo and 7-goaler Gaston
Laulhe scored four goals each as Texas Polo surprised Pony Express
10-9 and 8-goaler Facundo Pieres scored seven goals to lead Old
Pueblo over Millarville 12-8.
a finalist in the 2003 U.S. Open, used its third different lineup
in three games. For the second straight game, 10-goaler Pite Merlos
was sidelines with a pulled leg muscle. He is doubtful for Lechuzas
game against Orchard Hill on Wednesday at noon.
Merlos moved to the key No. 3 position usually held by older brother
Pite and with patron Victor Vargas, was joined by 7-goaler Guille
Aguero, in his second game for Lechuza, and newcomer Francisco Menendez.
was a very special game for us, said Sebastian Merlos, not
playing with Pite and our first time on Field 1. We were a little
nervous to begin the game; it was all new for everyone. But after
one or two chukkers, we got to know everyone.
Saba trailed 4-3 after the second chukker before Lechuza took control,
scoring five consecutive goals in the third and fourth chukkers
to increase its lead to 9-3 with 58 seconds left in the fourth on
Agueros short forehand.
Saba rallied in the sixth chukker with four consecutive goals to
make the score respectable.
Menendez and Aguero scored two goals apiece to balance Merlos
Agustin Merlos led San Saba (1-2) with five goals while 8-goaler
Hector Galindo scored two goals. Patron Tommy Lee Jones and Gerardo
Collardin added one goal each for San Saba.
only was it brother against brother, but their father, Cacho, a
legendary player in his era, coaches San Saba.
think its harder on him, said Sebastian. He knows
all our secrets. On the field, you forget youre relatives
for six chukkers. Theyre the other guys, not the enemy, but
Polo scored the first two goals, one each by Araujo and Laulhe,
and never trailed in the game. Patron Michael Price and 9-goaler
Pepe Heguy scored one goal each for Texas Polo (1-2).
Bautista Heguy led Pony Express (2-1) with seven goals and Sapo
Caset added two goals. Alex Agote, who was injured and replaced
by Hector Guerrero, did not score. Patron Bob Daniels returned to
the lineup after missing several games due to a rib injury and did
Pueblos victory eliminated Millarville (1-3) from the tournament.
After spotting Millarville a 2-0 lead in the first chukker on a
pair of 60-yard penalty shots by 8-goaler Mariano Gonzalez, Old
Pueblo reeled for seven unanswered goals, four by Pieres, to take
control of the game.
Jeff Hall added three goals for Old Pueblo (1-2) while patron John
Hall and 9-goaler Matias Magrini scored one goal apiece.
Mannix led Millarville with four goals while Gonzalez finished with
three goals and Daniel Roenisch scored one goal. Augustin Zavaleta
did not score.
polo action in the Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open Polo
Championship continues Tuesday when Catamount (2-1), led by 10-goaler
Mike Azzaro and 9-goaler Carlos Gracida, plays Bendabout (2-1),
led by 10-goalers Adam Snow and Miguel Novillo Astrada.
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 Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open tournament will
feature a different presenting sponsor every Sunday, including Bombardier
Aerospace, Cunard Ltd. and HUMMER, Mitchell-Peck Jewelers, Piaget
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.