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Farmers & Merchants Bank Claims Pacific Coast Open

It is the general consensus that when the Pacific Coast Open title is on the line, competition heats up at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Klentner Ranch and Farmer & Merchants Bank, each in their first PCO final, did not disappoint, taking the match to an unprecedented eight chukkers of play. It was anyone’s game as the clock ticked down, but the luck turned in favor of the Farmers & Merchants team. Lucas Criado found the elusive goal posts on a deep neckshot, clinching victory for the team. Fouls gripped the flow of the game the first two chukkers, but Klentner Ranch was able to create a slight lead in the first two chukkers of play. Facundo Obregon easily converted two open goal penalties and left Bray to handle the field. Brother Geronimo Obregon cleared the path for...

Klentner Ranch wins Robert Skene Trophy

Klentner Ranch claimed the historic Robert Skene Trophy on a beautiful afternoon at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. In a rematch of the previous tournament, Santa Clara faced off against Klentner Ranch in a battle for victory. Klentner Ranch narrowly defeated Lucchese in their final match of the qualifying round to cap off their undefeated record and secure their berth in the final. A three-way tie between Santa Clara, Farmers & Merchants Bank and RH Polo sent the three teams to a shootout. Luis Escobar carefully executed each penalty shot, earning Santa Clara the second spot in the Final. From the first bowl-in, Klentner Ranch capitalized on their familiarity with each other on the team and dominated play on the field. Justin Klentner, owner of the Klentner Ranch team, has played with Br...

Klentner Ranch repeats El Encanto Classic

Klentner Ranch defeats newcomers Santa Clara in the final of the 2017 Belmond El Encanto Polo Classic, the season opener of the High Goal Season. With blue skies and a cool Pacific breeze rolling in off the ocean, it was an idyllic start to the summer. Six teams are slated to compete in the four tournament series. Klentner Ranch is back with a repeat win, having won the Belmond El Encanto tournament last year with the same team, Geronimo Obregon, Jesse Bray, Facundo Obregon and Justin Klentner. Their opponents, Santa Clara are new to the 16 goal, but are frequent summer residents of Santa Barbara. Father/son combination of Luis Escobar and his father Francisco Escobar join Mariano “Nino” Obregon and Joaquin Panelo. Bray drew first blood and got the ball rolling for the Klentner Ranch team,...

Team Why Not won USPA La Martina Intra Circuit

Why Not (Hana Grill, Jimmy Wright, Felipe Vercellino, Santi Trotz) ended the season with a bang, capturing the coveted USPA La Martina Intra-Circuit trophy against Klentner Ranch (Jake Klentner, Jesse Bray, Santi Wulff, Justin Klentner). The final tournament of the summer featured five competitive teams, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Klentner Ranch, Why Not, Brookland Plantation and Mokarow Farms. Though Klentner Ranch has proven to be a tough team throughout the 12 Goal Season, Why Not turned on the magic for their final match. Bray scored the first goal of the game for Klentner Ranch, but Why Not took control of the field scoring five unanswered goals. Klentner Ranch came back alive early in the third chukker with three goals, one by Jake Klentner and two by Santi Wulff to come within on...

FM Bank won the Vic Graber Cup

From the moment of the first throw in, the two teams battled for the ball, but it seemed each pass met an opposing player or a defensive mark for the first several minutes of play. Klentner Ranch drew first blood as Wulff swiftly scored the first goal from the field. Farmers & Merchants Bank took control of the offense in the second chukker. Viana and Fassetta took turns launching the ball to Walker out front, scoring once from the penalty line and twice from the field in quick succession. Jake Klentner fought to put another tally on the board for his team, scoring the final goal of the chukker from the field to leave the score 3-2 in favor of FMB. Wulff tied up the score 3-3 early in the third chukker from the penalty line, but Fassetta and Walker each scored again from the field givi...

US Polo Assn won the Pope Challenge

In typical Santa Barbara fashion, the match was a family affair pitting the Escobar father and son duo on US Polo Assn against the Klentner father son combination on Klentner Ranch. US Polo Assn took the difficult road to the final, narrowly defeating Farmers & Merchants Bank in the third match of the qualifying round to stay alive then won one of the two final berths in a penalty shootout. Klentner Ranch followed a similar path, defeating US Polo Assn and Antelope but falling short in their match against Farmers & Merchants Bank, giving them a 2-1 record. Klentner Ranch also secured their spot in the final in the three way penalty shootout.Klentner Ranch and US Polo Assn, two highly competitive teams gave the lively crowd a show as the talented players raced up and down the field ...

U.S. Polo Assn dominates the Lisle Nixon Memorial

With a mixture of youth, talent and experience, U.S. Polo Assn Polo Team boasted an impressive undefeated record coming into the Summerland Winery Lisle Nixon Memorial Final. The tournament is the first of a four tournament 12 goal series hosted by the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The U.S Polo Assn team featured a dynamic father-son duo, Luis Escobar rated at 5 goals and his son Nico Escobar, rated at 1 goal. The Escobars’ were joined by Team USPA member, Patrick Uretz, 4 goals, and Santa Barbara Polo native, Matt Walker, 2 goals. The four-man team matched up against Antelope in the final match. The Antelope team, Santi Trotz (5), Felipe “Pipe” Vercellino (5), Jim Wright (2) and Geoff Palmer (A), won the tie breaking penalty shootout to earn their berth in the final. U.S Polo Ass...

One more final for Valiente!

The second semi-final match saw Travieso (Teo Calle, Sebastian Merlos, Mariano Gonzalez, Alfredo Capella) face Valiente  (Bob Jornayvaz, Matias Torres Zavaleta, Diego Cavanagh, Adolfo Cambiaso) to determine which team would face Orchard Hill in the final on Sunday. After their first loss in 26-goal events last week, Valiente bounced back in a big way, dominating play from the first throw-in. Cambiaso found Cavanagh on a nice pass to open the scoring, and that goal was quickly followed by Cambiaso scoring from approximately 70 yards out. Cambiaso wasn’t done there, as he added another goal to give Valiente a 3-0 lead. Hard work from Cavanagh providing picks and blocks for Cambiaso was making a huge impact as Cambiaso had more space than normal and given the time, there may be no better play...

Orchard Hill won the Pieres’ match

The first match of the day featured Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Rodrigo Andrade, Gonzalito Pieres, Nico Pieres) against Orchard Hill (Polito Pieres, Juan Chavanne, Facundo Pieres, Steve Van Andel). Flexjet demonstrated why they came into the game undefeated as they outshot Orchard Hill 5 shots to 1 to begin the game. Flexjet took an early 3-0 lead behind back-to-back goals from Nico Pieres, along with a goal from Rodrigo Andrade. Flexjet controlled play through the first two chukkers, holding Orchard Hill to a single shot and only fouling twice (with neither foul providing Facundo Pieres with a penalty opportunity). The combination of defense without fouling gave Flexjet the edge as the game unrolled. The trio of Nico Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Rodrigo Andrade played an effective game defens...

Orchard Hill and Travieso Advance to US Open Semi-finals

Orchard Hill defeated Audi 11-10 and Travieso took a 12-10 victory over Coca-Cola in the 2017 U.S. Open Polo Championship® at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC). As a result of Sunday’s games the semi-final matchups April 19 will be Valiente vs. Travieso and Orchard Hill vs. Flexjet. After losing their initial two games in the U.S. Open, Travieso found their stride in their last bracket game against Orchard Hill last week. As they were hoping, it carried over to Sunday’s mini quarterfinal matchup with Coca-Cola. Throughout the game two distinct storylines emerged. The first was the number of opportunities Coca-Cola created throughout the game, juxtaposed with their inability to convert on those chances. After an amazing opening run by patrona Gillian Johnston to start the scoring...

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