Ayala and Nairobi ran out the winners of the Memorial Fundador Enrique Zobel Cup, in the 14-goal and 8-goal, respectively. Both finals were played on Sunday, July 18, at Ayala Polo Club, as were the Subsidiary Trophies. The Memorial Fundador Enrique Zobel Cup sees eight teams, split into two levels (14-goal and 8-goal), compete.
The 14-goal final saw Ayala beat Marques de Riscal by 10 goals to 7.5, while Nairobi defeated John Smith to take the 8-goal title.
This season marks a new era for polo in Sotogrande, with Ayala acting as the main host of the action. The club is supported by Minuto Siete, Dos Lunas Polo & Dressage Club, and Santa María Polo Club. This season promises to be a memorable one, running through to the end of August, the month when the high goal returns to Sotogrande.
THE FINAL OF THE MEMORIAL FUNDADOR ENRIQUE ZOBEL CUP (14-GOAL) WAS STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV.
FINAL – MEMORIAL FUNDADOR ENRIQUE ZOBEL CUP (14): AYALA 10-7.5 MARQUÉS DE RISCAL
Ayala: Iñigo Zobel 0 (2 goals), Jesus Cobino 3 (6), Gregorio Gelosi 4 (2), Santiago Laborde 6. Total: 13.
Marqués de Riscal: Gabriel Aguirre 0 (1 goal), Segundo Fernández Llorente 4 (2), Santiago Cernadas 7 (2), Luis Aznar 1 (2). Total: 12.
Score Ayala: (0.5) 2-1.5, 4-3.5, 7-5.5, 10-5.5, 10-7.5.
Umpires: Guillermo Villanueva & Daniel Boudou.
Third Man: Federico Martelli.
BPP: Maria, ridden by Iñigo Zobel.
MVP: Santiago Laborde.
Fair Play: Luis Aznar.
THIRD PLACE MATCH: DOS LUNAS 8-5 PX
FINAL – MEMORIAL FUNDADOR ENRIQUE ZOBEL (8): NAIROBI 8-7.5 JOHN SMITH
NAIROBI: Grace Cariss -1, Kevin Korst 1, Hernan Pieres 3, Patricio Neves 4.
JOHN SMITH: Lorenz Dany 0, Gabriel Aguirre 0, Roberto Iturrioz 0, Santiago Laborde 6.
Third place match: East Polo 4 vs Hanuman 5.5
MVP: Roberto Iturrioz.
BPP: Chalo Cara ,ridden by Patricio Neves.
Fair Play: Grace Cariss.
Action in Sotogrande continues with the 50th Anniversary of the Torneo Internacional de Polo, due to start on Monday, July 26. The championship runs through to Saturday, August 28. The championship includes the Bronze Cup, Silver Cup, and Gold Cup.