Polo Players Edition

SEP 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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P O L O R E P O R T POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 51 McGinley, Roueen Rafayan, Chuck Weaver and Len Monson). Sunday's matches were played for the benefit of the Batavia Arts Council. Oswego captured the consolation match with an 8-3 win over Peoria. Natale was high-scorer with three goals for the winners. For the final match, keeping with the "Gatsby Gallop" theme, Barrington Hills was renamed the Gangsters, sponsored by Mirror Image, and Winnipeg became the Bootleggers, sponsored by Bulldog Plumbing. Font anchored the Bootleggers with two goals and long passes to Yandell for two more. Messer and Levin scored one each. The Bootlegger defense held the Gangsters to two goals, one each from Joan Brugue and Bob McMurty. David Wigdahl presented the Thomas J. Wigdahl Trophy in honor of his father. The club already has scheduled the tournament for July 14- 15, 2019. OAK BROOK PREVAILS IN DRAKE CHALLENGE After several weeks of rainouts, the Oak Brook Polo Club in Oak Brook, Illinois, was able to kick off its season with the 12-goal Drake Challenge Cup played between Oak Brook (Jim Drury, Horacio Onetto, Toto Obregon, Mariano Gutierrez) and Morgan Creek (Dean Kleronomos, Tod Rackley, Del Walton, Lindor Novillo Corvalan) on July 22. Morgan Creek began with a two-goal handicap, which Obregon quickly negated. Rackley and Onetto swapped goals for a 3-3 tie after the first seven minutes. Onetto scored three in a row in the second chukker while Morgan Creek was silenced for a 6-3 Oak Brook lead, but not for long. Kleronomos put two on the board in the third, followed by Corvalan, tying the match at 6-all at the halftime break. Onetto and Obregon kept up the pressure in the fourth, each scoring goals. Corvalan leveled the score in the fifth and Obregon traded goals with Rackley to close out the chukker in another tie, 9-9. Gutierrez scored early in the sixth, but Corvalan had the answer. As the time ticked away, Gutierrez slipped in another goal for the win. Corvalan was MVP with four goals and Gutierrez's Bonita was Best Playing Pony. The same Oak Brook team wasn't as lucky in the 12-goal Butler Challenge Cup on July 29 when it took on Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse (Chris Vangel, Matias Obregon, Lindor Novillo Corvalan, Billy Mudra). Mudra's daughter Grace replaced Jim Drury in the match. Onetto was the first to score with a Penalty 2 conversion but Corvalan answered with two to give Gibson's the lead. Onetto put two on the board in the second but Corvalan sunk a Penalty 2 to tie the score at 3-all. Gibson's jumped out front, 6-3, in the third after goals by Matias Obregon, Corvalan and Billy Mudra. After the half, Matias Obregon added another to put Gibson's up by four. Onetto cut the deficit with a pair of goals. Matias Obregon scored again, but Onetto and Grace Mudra answered with goals to bring Oak Brook within one, 8- Winnipeg's Joe Messer, Clifton Yandell, Gerald Levin and Memo Font with presenter David Wigdahl, right Oak Brook's Mariano Gutierrez, Toto Obregon, Horacio Onetto and Jim Drury won the Drake Challenge Cup. TIME STOPS PHOTOGRAPHY Gibson's Matias Obregon, MVP Lindor Novillo Corvalan, Billy Mudra and Chris Vangel won the Butler Challenge Cup. TIME STOPS PHOTOGRAPHY

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