Avenges Losses To Catamount With 7-5 Victory In Stanford Financial
Group - 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship At International Polo Club
Florida In a game featuring the only two American 10-goalers
and two of the pre-tournament favorites, Bendabout avenged two losses
to Catamount with a 7-5 victory in a first-round game of the Stanford
Financial Group 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship Tuesday
at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The 12 combined goals is
the lowest scoring game of the tournament.
victory clinched a spot in Sundays quarterfinals against an
opponent to be determined. Catamounts chances to advance to
the quarterfinals depend on the outcome Wednesdays San Saba
vs. Isla Carroll game.
didnt want to be dependent on another team, so I played it
like a final in terms of horses, and so did the rest of the team,
said 10-goaler Adam Snow of Bendabout, referring to the teams
focus and energy.
win also avenged a 10-9 loss to Catamount in the 26-goal C.V. Whitney
Cup final on March 21 as well as a 13-10 loss to Catamount in the
22-goal Joe Barry Memorial in late January.
still angry from the previous finals and we liked to channel our
energy in a positive way, said Snow. I felt like we
were in control of the game, even though we were up by only one
goal most of the game.
scored the first goal, 1:50 into the game when 5-goaler Alejandro
Novillo Astrada jumped on a loose ball and tapped it through. Bendabout
never trailed, although Catamount tied it at 1-1 when 9-goaler Carlos
Gracida made a nice run from midfield, dribbling to the goal with
23 seconds left.
was able to build leads of two goals three times, but Catamount
cut the margin to one every time. Bendabout patron Gillian Johnston
converted a nice near-side pass from Snow with 1:44 remaining in
the fifth chukker, giving the winners their largest margin, 7-4.
quickly cut the lead to 7-5 when he picked up a loose ball and dribbled
in just 18 seconds into the sixth chukker, but neither team was
able to score despite several chances.
had numerous chances to get back into the game, but Gracida missed
a 40-yard penalty shot with 2:14 left in the third chukker and 10-goaler
Mike Azzaro experienced the same poor result with 1:20 remaining,
both going wide left. Gracida also missed a 60-yard penalty midway
through the fourth chukker.
also missed other scoring opportunities throughout the game, either
shooting wide or having a horse kick the ball.
Catamount, especially Azzaro, did not look particularly sharp and
Snow noticed it at the beginning of the match.
heard Mike and Carlos talking to each other at the beginning,
said Snow. I felt like there was a little crack in their armor.
led Bendabout (3-1) with four goals while 10-goaler Miguel Novillo
Astrada, Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Johnston scored one goal
led Catamount (2-2) with three goals while Pelon Escapite added
two goals. Azzaro, who has been playing with a herniated disk in
his back, and patron Scott Devon did not score.
polo action in the Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open Polo
Championship continues Wednesday with a tripleheader beginning at
10 a.m. when White Birch (3-0) plays Everglades (1-2) followed at
noon with Orchard Hill (0-3) against Lechuza (2-1) and concluding
at 3 p.m. when San Saba (1-2) plays Isla Carroll (1-2).
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 $40 for terrace lawn seating 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.