Polo Players Edition

FEB 2019

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 49 Hammon, Ashton Wolf, Tommy Costello). Granite Bay got the scoring started with a pair of goals, but Gould put Sommerset on the board to keep it close. Wolf scored a lone goal in the second to give Granite the 3-1 lead. The teams matched goals in the third, maintaining a two-goal difference. In the fourth, Wolf passed to Flock, who sent the ball to goal. Flock then took the ball coast-to-coast for his second goal in minutes. Gould matched those goals with a pair of Penalty 2 conversions. The match ended with Granite Bay ahead 7-5. The score carried over to the next day. Granite Bay jumped out front with two unanswered goals in the first chukker to increase the lead to four, 9- 5. A Penalty 2 by Costello made the lead five before Sommerset responded. Gould and Rodriguez found the mark, cutting the deficit to three. Gould and Garnica brought Sommerset within one, 10-9 in the third. Granite Bay was silenced while Gould added is third goal to tie the score at 10-all. The teams elected to break the tie with a coin toss. Sommerset came out of top. In the 1-goal, Sutter Buttes (Bonnie Magill, Raeann Magill, Benito Andrade, Manny Rodriguez) and Sayulita (Julie Fernandez, Colby Smith, Kirsten Laverdure, Ricardo Garcia) fought for bragging rights. Fernandez struck first, putting two goals on the board for Sayulita. Rodriguez responded to tie the match at 2-2. Garcia scored twice in the next chukker while Rodriguez added one for Sutter Buttes. Magill started the third with a goal to knot the score 4-4. The Sutter Buttes team turned up the heat in the fourth chukker with each player adding a goal to end ahead, 8-4. The match resumed the next day with Fernandez and Laverdure finding the goal to cut the deficit to two, 8-6. Rodriguez added a goal to increase the difference, 9-6. Garcia scored but Raeann Magill and Rodriguez responded. Smith scored in the third, but Bonnie Magill and Rodriguez had the answer. Sayulita couldn't seem to gain any traction until the final period when Garcia added two. Raeann Magill found the mark, but Fernandez and Laverdure shot back to cut the deficit to two, 14-12. But with time ticking away, that was the end of the scoring and Sutter Buttes took the trophies. —Susan Archer and Suki Piper contributed to this report. STAGECOACH CHALLENGE Empire—Rob Scapa, Eric Hammon, Kyle Fargey, Jessica Bailey; Evergreen—Tom Sprung, Carlitos Galindo, Taylor Freeman, Quinn Evans; Grande Prairie—Ross Adams, Tim Rudy, Felipe Sordelli, Piers Bossom; Hanalei Bay—Krista Bonaguidi, Bayne Bossom, Luis Soracco, Meghan Gracida; Lockton—Tim Kelly, Alejandro Gonzalez, Joseph Coors, Tommy Costello; Ridgeway Hemp—Beau Staley, Madelyn Cobb, Craig Russel, Malia McCoy; STG—John Ziegler, Juan Jo Gonzalez, Juan Marcos, Leandro Flocarri; Taqueda—Shane Flock, Jimmy Wright, Dawn Rose, Ciro Desenzani. YOUNG GUNS TAKE 5TH USPA HERING CUP Lakeside Polo Club in Lakeside, California, celebrated its 5th annual USPA Hering Cup on a bright and sunny but pleasantly cool weekend in mid-November. It was perfect weather for polo! The cup is named for Adm. Eugene R. Hering, MD, better known as "Doc", who, on retiring from the Navy after 25 years of service and two wars, came to the little Southern California town of Lakeside in 1955 to start his medical practice and build his polo field of dreams. For many years it was the only Participants in the 5th annual USPA Hering Cup at Lakeside Polo Club in Lakeside, California JIM BREMNER/JFBPHOTOS.COM

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