Santa Barbara, CA. – June 8, 2017 – Two Texas teams join in the hunt for the Lucchese Vic Graber Cup, the third tournament in the 12 Goal Spring Tournament Series at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
Lucchese Mokarow Farms
John Muse A Kevin Mokarow A
Remy Muller 3 Benjamin Panelo 2
Augustin Molinas 5 Joaquin Panelo 5
Ignacio del Tour 4 Todd Offen 5
Klentner Ranch defeated Antelope 10-7 in the first round of play. After losing to US Polo Assn. in the final of the Ramsey Asphalt Pope Challenge, Klentner Ranch focused on scoring goals from the field.
Mokarow Farms, hailing from Dallas, Texas, faced a tough Farmers & Merchants team for their first match of the tournament. Leigh Brecheen rejoined the team after suffering a fall in the first tournament. Mariano Fassetta came alive for the FMB team, leading them to victory 12-8.
Klentner Ranch emerged victorious in their second matchup against Farmers & Merchants Bank. After two close chukkers, FMB edged ahead of Klentner Ranch in the third chukker 8-5. Fassetta once again displayed his offensive prowess scoring five of the eight goals in the first half. Viana added two more goals in the fourth chukker, but Klentner Ranch came back with a vengeance scoring four goals in the fourth chukker to minimize the FMB lead to one goal. Bray took off on a scoring streak, scoring four goals for KR in the fifth chukker while holding FMB scoreless. A tight final chukker saw only three goals scored, one for KR and two for FMB, giving Klentner Ranch the win 14-12.
In the feature match of the day, Lucchese debuted their new team against the tried and true Antelope squad. Jim Wright hit the field ready to secure a win for Antelope. Wright easily outran the competition scoring three goals from the field in the first chukker in addition to a penalty goal by Palmer. Muller put Lucchese on the board, scoring the first goal from the field for his team. Vercellino and Trotz took the reins from Wright in the second chukker, scoring three combined goals to give Antelope a solid 7-1 lead. The tide turned in the third chukker as Molinas and del Tour scored three goals for Lucchese minimizing the margin to 7-4. Once again, the momentum flipped back to Antelope during the fourth. Vercellino added two additional goals, bringing the score to 9-4. Lucchese answered back, sending del Tour on a scoring streak and narrowing the gap down to 10-7. Two goals by each team in the final chukker of play gave Antelope the victory 12-9.
About the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the premier destination for polo on the West Coast. Located on the beautiful American Riviera, the Club offers three high goal fields, a Polo School, boarding facilities, polo lessons and country club amenities, including eight tennis courts and a fitness facility, all alongside the Pacific Ocean. The 2017 season opened May 5th and runs through the first week of October. For more information about the Club and to purchase tickets please visit www.sbpolo.com.