Season Ends With Style At Fabulous Finale Of Stanford Financial Group
- U.S. Open Polo Championships At International Polo Club Palm Beach
inaugural high-goal polo season at International Polo Club Palm
Beach combined pomp and circumstance, and culminated with the championship
match of the Stanford Financial Group 100th U.S. Open Polo
tournament before a packed house of 6,896 spectators.
season finale was all about polo as John Goodmans Isla Carroll
team scored eight consecutive goals en route to a 10-6 victory over
Peter Brants White Birch team. Pancho Bensadon scored eight
goals to lead Isla Carroll. Hall of Famer Memo Gracida of Isla Carroll
won his 16th U.S. Open title, more than anyone else in the history
of the sport.
Jones of ABC-TVs award-winning program The View
and actress Nicolette Sheridan, best known for her portrayal of
Paige Masterson on Knots Landing stylishly handled the
pre-game coin toss ceremony. They also presented the Most Valuable
Player award to Isla Carrolls Pancho Bensadon. Among the spectators
were actor Tommy Lee Jones, TV personality John Walsh and legendary
restaurateur Norman Brinker.
pilot Lance Vedder performed a triple jet flyover prior to game
and the club recognized more than a dozen past U.S. Open champions
who were in attendance, including Tim Gannon, whose Outback team
won three consecutive titles, Bill Ylvisaker, who won the 1972 U.S.
Open, Carlos Gracida, who has won nine U.S. Open championships and
Gillian Johnston, the only female patron to win a U.S. Open (2002
Puzzitello performed the national anthem while The Sultans provided
halftime musical entertainment and a mini-concert after the match
in conjunction with a traditional Argentine asado.
membership information, please call (561) 204-5687 or visit the
clubs website at www.internationalpoloclub.com. The 2005 high-goal
polo season begins in late December.
teams, featuring 10 10-goalers, 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. Fifteen teams, in 2002,
is the record for teams in a U.S. Open.
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,
Roderer Estate, Kubota and Roder.
Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, between
Lake Worth Road and Pierson Road, in Wellington.