Santa Barbara, Calif. – Aug. 28, 2018 – The final semi-final slot taunted Sol de Agosto as the Sunday 3:00 game began at the sunny Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The DeNarvaez father/son duo knew they had to win against opponent Klentner Ranch to advance out of the Silver Coast Open bracket play. Klentner Ranch jumped off the starting block with speed and set the tone for the game. Mariano Obregon put the first mark on the board for his team from the penalty line and quickly added a second from the field in the first chukker.
Nico Escobar showed his prowess at the front of the field and led scoring for Sol de Agosto, making five goals throughout the first half for the team wearing rasta colors. Klentner Ranch held the advantage over Sol de Agosto through the fifth chukker with Jesse Bray and Obregon flying through the goal five times bringing their total to seven goals after four chukkers of play.
The tide turned towards the red, yellow and green in the fifth chukker. Escobar credits their second half push with rearranging their lineup, “I moved more towards the middle of the field and we changed our set plays to open the field up more for Adam. That and a lot of luck!”
Teammate Adam Snow found himself with more time in the second half but still felt the pressure from the opponent, “It was still anyone’s game. They are a tough team! But I am happy we found a way to scrape through to the next round.”
Klentner Ranch fought to add to their total, but were unable to score in the final two chukkers of play, opening the door for Sol de Agosto to tie the match in the sixth chukker on a goal by Paco de Narvaez. The overtime chukker was short and sweet, with the final goal being scored by Paco on a sixty yard penalty shot.
With the win in his back pocket, Francisco de Narvaez raced to the sidelines to hug his daughter waiting anxiously to congratulate him. For the DeNarvaez family, the summer high goal is a family affair and a chance to play in the semi-final gave the team a burst of motivation. Paco de Narvaez explained, “It was our last shot to get into the next round. We really fought hard in the second half to win.”
Earlier in the day, Farmers & Merchants Bank lost their captain Lucas Criado to a hand injury in the fifth chukker and replaced Nachi Viana and Criado with Juan Monteverde and Santi Trotz with FMB down by one goal. Lucchese took advantage of the team change and pushed through the sixth chukker, scoring four times – two by Toly Ulloa and one each by Hall and Facundo Obregon. Lucchese secured their spot in the semi final with a score of 13-11 over FMB.
A penalty shootout took place following the last match of the day to determine the semi-final pairings. Lucchese vs. RH and Klentner Ranch vs. Sol de Agosto will be played on Thursday, August 30.
Silver Air Pacific Coast Open Rosters
Jesse Bray 6
Mariano Obregon 6
Remy Muller 3
Justin Klentner 1
Farmers and Merchant Bank
Danny Walker 2
Lucas Criado 8
Tomas Alberdi 4
Nachi Viana 2
Carlos Ulloa 3
Facundo Obregon 6
Jeff Hall 7
John Muse A
Ben Soleimani A
Santi Von Wernich 5
Iñaki Laprida 7
Geronimo Obregon 4
Sol de Agosto
Francisco de Narvaez 1
Paco de Narvaez 7
Adam Snow 5
Nico Escobar 3
History of the Pacific Coast Open
Standing at a striking height of five feet, the glorious silver-and-gold trophy for the Pacific Coast Open (PCO) is a dazzling sight. Crowned with an eagle supporting a globe and adorned with semiprecious stones, the trophy is mounted on a redwood base with side panels depicting lively polo scenes. The cup was commissioned in 1908 by friends and members of the Coronado Country Club in California. First competed for the following year, it was initially called the All American Polo Trophy.
Over the last 108 years, the trophy has resided at many clubs. Throughout the late 1920s until the early 1940s the tournament was hosted by numerous California clubs, often landing at each club for no more than a few years before switching to another. After World War II, the PCO moved to the posh and glamorous Beverly Hills Polo Club until 1952 when it took permanent residency at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club where it remains today. Visit uspolo.org for more information.
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 2018 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.