WELLINGTON, FL Ten-goaler Pite Merlos scored two of his team-high eight goals in the final four minutes after Memo Gracida was ejected to lift Lechuza Caracas over Crab Orchard 12-10 in the 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup polo tournament Wednesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In other action, Airstream made six-of-eight penalty shots en route to a 12-11 victory over Bendabout and 4-goaler Del Walton scored five goals to lead White Birch over Skeeterville 11-6.
Airstream moves into the quarterfinals as Division II champion based on its 11-9 win over Lechuza. White Birch advances to the quarterfinals as the Division III champion while Skeeterville moves into the quarterfinals as the division runner-up.
Merlos converted a 30-yard penalty shot at 4:01 immediately after Gracida was ejected for arguing an umpire’s call to give Lechuza Caracas an 11-10 lead. Crab Orchard played three-on-four the rest of the game.
Merlos added an insurance goal with 1:06 remaining, picking up a loose ball near the goal mouth and tapping it home.
Ignacio Toccalino added two goals for Lechuza Caracas while patron Victor Vargas and Gaston Urturi scored one goal each. Nine-goaler Agustin Merlos led Crab Orchard (1-2) with six goals while Gracida scored three. Julio Gracida added one goal and patron George Rawlings did not score.
Eight-goaler Lucas Monteverde led Airstream with seven goals while Guille Aguero scored three goals and patron Peter Orthwein and Naco Taverna had one goal each. Ten-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada led Bendabout (1-2) with five goals while patron Gillian Johnston, Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Toby Wayman had two goals each.
Ten-goaler Mariano Aguerre added three goals for White Birch (2-1) while Tomas Franco scored two goals and Martin Ravina, playing in place of patron Peter Brant, who was out of town on business, had one goal.
Julio Arellano led Skeeterville (2-1) with two goals while patron Skeeter Johnston, Owen Rinehart and Stevie Orthwein added one goal apiece.
In the quarterfinals, Division I champion Millarville (3-0) plays Division II runner-up Lechuza Caracas (2-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. and Division II winner Airstream (2-1) plays Division I runner-up Black Watch (2-1) Saturday at 3 p.m.
The remaining two quarterfinals will be played Sunday at noon and 3 p.m. Pairings will be determined after today’s (Thursday’s) games.
The semifinals are set for Thursday, February 17 and the final is Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m.
The Ylvisaker Cup in named in honor of William T. “Bill” Ylvisaker, a polo pioneer who founded Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in the late 1970s and was elected into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1996. Ylvisaker has won numerous major polo tournaments, including the prestigious U.S. Open in 1972.
Ylvisaker Cup Schedule & Results:
Friday, Jan. 28 Results
Millarville 11, Old Pueblo 7
Pony Express 15, Mokarow Farms 9
Saturday, Jan. 29
San Saba 14, White Birch 12
Skeeterville 13, Goshen 6
Black Watch def. Santa Clara 12-9
Sunday, Jan. 30
Noon Lechuza Caracas def. Bendabout in OT 10-9
3PM Crab Orchard def. Airstream 15-11
Thursday, Feb 3
1PM BlackWatch v. Millarville
3PM Santa Clara v. Old Pueblo
Friday, Feb. 4
1PM Crab Orchard v. Bendabout
3PM Airstream v. Lechuza Caracas
Saturday, Feb. 5
1PM San Saba v. Skeeterville
3PM White Birch v. Goshen
Sunday, Feb. 6
Noon ERG v. Mokarow Financial
3PM Henley House v. Pony Express
Tuesday, Feb. 8
1PM Santa Clara v. Millarville
3PM BlackWatch v. Old Pueblo
Wednesday, Feb. 9
10:30AM White Birch v. Skeeterville
1PM Crab Orchard v. Lechuza Caracas
3PM Airstream v. Bendabout
Thursday, Feb. 10
10:30AM San Saba v. Goshen
1PM ERG v. Pony Express
3PM Henley House v. Mokarow Financial
Saturday, Feb. 12
1PM 1st Place of Bracket I v. 2nd Place of Bracket II
3PM 2nd Place of Bracket I v. 1st Place of Bracket II
Sunday, Feb. 13
Noon 1st Place of Bracket III v. 2nd Place of Bracket IV
3PM 2nd Place of Bracket III v. 1st Place of Bracket IV
Thursday, Feb. 17
Game 1 1PM Winner of quarterfinal Game 1 vs. Winner of quarterfinal Game 3
Game 2 3PM Winner of quarterfinal Game 2 vs. Winner of quarterfinal Game 4
Sunday, February 20
3PM Ylvisaker Cup Final
International Polo Club
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Club website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
For information about the upcoming 2005 high-goal season, including the Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open, call the club at (561) 204-5687
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, between Pierson Road and Lake Worth Road, in Wellington.