Why Not (Hana Grill, Jimmy Wright, Felipe Vercellino, Santi Trotz) ended the season with a bang, capturing the coveted Pacific Coast Intra-Circuit Cup trophy against Klentner Ranch (Jake Klentner, Jesse Bray, Santi Wulff, Justin Klentner). The final tournament of the summer season at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club 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 alive early in the third chukker with three goals, one by Jake Klentner and two from Wulff to come within one of their opponent. However, two costly goals easily put Why Not back into the lead 7-4 at halftime.
A goal each by Bray and Wulff helped Klentner Ranch stay in the game, narrowing the scoring gap to two goals. Play was fast, furious and open throughout the fifth chukker. Bray added another score for Klentner Ranch, but once again Why Not bested their attempts with three from the field.
Santi Wulff led the comeback for Klentner Ranch scoring three consecutive goals, while his teammates pushed hard on the defensive front holding Why Not scoreless. A final attempt to tie the score with seconds remaining fell short. Why Not took home their first Pacific Coast Intra-Circuit Cup.
Santi Trotz was awarded Most Valuable Player and received a custom La Martina helmet. His daughter’s horse Mambo played by Hana Grill was awarded Best Playing Amateur Pony. Santi Wulff’s mare Emilia, named after his daughter, received Best Playing Professional Pony honors.
After a fun season of competitive polo, the teams cast their votes for the Season MVP Award and the Best String Award. Mariano Fassetta from Farmers & Merchants Bank was recognized as Season MVP and Santi Wulff and Santi Trotz came in at a tie for the Best String Award.
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