Results for Pacific Coast Open Finals - Perfect weather, grandstands overflowing with fans -- that was the scene this past Sunday, August 29, at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club for the grand finale of one of the most prestigious polo tournaments in the world - the Pacific Coast Open. In this 100th year of the PCO, it was Antelope defeating Tuscany Oaks, 13 to 8 to win.
Adam Snow was high scorer for Antelope with six goals (only one was a penalty shot). Additionally, he was named MVP for the tournament - Snow is rated a 10-goal player. L.A. based Geoff Palmer, sponsor for Antelope, gave Adam Snow the reins on composing the team for this the 100th Pacific Coast Open. The PCO boasts some of the top rated polo players in the world with 16 to 20 goals.
Part of the Triple Crown of Polo (TCP), which will be televised in 2005 by ESPN International, the Pacific Coast Open will be the final stop of this new tournament series designed to be the Grand Slam of polo competition. The Triple Crown of Polo will open in May 2005 at Sarasota Polo Club in Florida followed by a tournament at Las Colinas Polo Club in Dallas, Texas. For more info go to http://triplecrownofpolo.com/
This is Adam Snow's second PCO title in five summers playing in Santa Barbara winning in 2002 with the Windsor Capital team. Difference being, that Adam played with Mariano Gonzalez in 2002 and against him in this tournament.
Tuscany Oaks' sponsor and local resident, Bob Fell played the number one position for the team. Mariano Gonzalez and Hector Galindo, both rated 8-goal players, had four goals each. Three of the four goals Gonzalez scored were on penalty shots.
Third place went to Grants Farm Manor when they defeated Isla Carroll 12 - 10 for the coveted Western Badge and Trophy Cup. Grant's Farm's Julio Arrellano scored seven goals (three of those were penalty shots). Grant's Farm Manor patron is Andy Busch, of the Anhauser-Busch Brewing fame based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Isla Carroll's Pancho Bensadon had five goals (no penalty shots). Isla Carroll patron is John Goodman based in Wellington Florida. John Goodman is also the owner and developer of the beautiful new International Polo Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
At the 20-Goal Awards and Pacific Coast Open Ball held at the Four Seasons Biltmore Coral Casino on Friday night SBPRC General Manager and artist, Thomas Narozonick, created the dramatic bronze statues of horses in various poses that were handed out to the sponsors. Thom’s background is in the arts having graduated from the San Francisco School of Art. When asked why he did it, he said, “Because I can” with a smile and a wink and added “The trophies awarded tonight are only available in Santa Barbara making the summer season even more unique.”
The two personal awards went to Chris Nevins of Isla Carroll for Most Improved Player and the highest personal honor the club can bestow, the Robert Skene MVP trophy was awarded to Jeff Blake of Grant’s Farm Manor. The Robert Skene Trophy is voted on by players of 6 goals and higher for the player who demonstrated the highest skill, sportsmanship, horsemanship and team play throughout the summer season. It was presented by Mrs. Elizabeth Skene.
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Santa Barbara Polo Club
3375 Foothill Road #1200
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