The league stage of the US Open came to an end, following a very busy Monday April 11. As a result, six teams advanced straight to the quarter finals, while other four will compete in a play-off. The tournament, which is underway at International Polo Club Palm Beach, will resume on Wednesday with the first playoff.
Monday saw wins by Pilot – a victory that put them in quarter finals -, Polo Training Foundation, La Elina and Sol de Agosto. After the last match of the day, two shootouts were agreed within each league, in order to determine the fate of the teams that were tied in the final standings.
The result of the penalty shotoouts were as follows:
Santa Rita, SD Farms, Casablanca and G-String were the contenders of the penalty shootout within League A to decide the only spot in the play-off. It is worth noting that Park Place, Scone and Aspen Valley already secured their places in quarter finals, while La Elina qualified for the play-off. At the end onf the day, it was SD Farms sho secured the fifth place within the League and claimed the last spot in the play-off.
With regards to League B, it was a very different story; Pilot was already in quarter finals; Tamera, Polo Training Foundation, La Fe, Sol de Agosto and AUDI had two wins and one defeat, each; as a consequence, they had to compete to earn two spots for the quarter finals and two spots for the play-off. The result? Tamera and Polo Training Foundation will play the quarter finals; La Fe and Sol de Agosto qualified to the play-off; and AUDI are out of competition.
The final of the US Open Polo Championship is due on Sunday, April 24.
US Open – Latest results
CASABLANCA 11-9 SD FARMS
CASABLANCA: Valentino Echazarreta 3 (4 goals), Sugar Erskine 6 (2), Agustin Merlos 8 (4), Juan Bollini Jr. 4 (1).
SD FARMS: Sayyu Dantata 2 (1 goal), Pedrinho Zacharias 7 (1), Pipe Vercellino 7 (4), Felipe Viana 6 (2).
Score Casablanca: 5-1, 6-2, 6-3, 8-4, 9-7, 11-9.
PILOT 11-6 DUTTA CORP / SHOW+
PILOT: Curtis Pilot 0, Mackenzie Weisz 5 (4 goals), Matias Torres Zavaleta 7, Facundo Pieres 10 (2).
DUTTA CORP / SHOW+: Timmy Dutta 4 (2 goals), Joaquin Avendaño 3, Tomás García del Río 8 (4), Iñaki Laprida 7.
Score Pilot: 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 5-3, 6-5, 8-7.
POLO TRAINING FOUNDATION 14-10 OLD HICKORY BOURBON
POLO TRAINING FOUNDATION: Carlitos Gracida 4 (3 goals), Matias González 4 (3), Nic Roldan 8 (6), Jesse Bray 6 (1).
OLD HICKORY BOURBON / AIRSTREAM: Joaquin Panelo 6 (3 goals), Matías Magrini 7, Hilario Figueras 5 (2), Stevie Orthwein 4 (3).
Score Polo Training Foundation: 3-1, 6-1, 7-3, 10-4, 11-9, 14-10.
LA ELINA 14-12 SANTA RITA
LA ELINA: Juan Martín Obregon 5 (9 goals), Gero Obregon 5 (3), Facundo Obregon 6 (1), Jared Zenni 6 (1).
SANTA RITA: Jake Klentner 1 (1 goal), Francisco Bensadon 7, Camilo Castagnola 9 (10), Martin Jauregui 5 (1).
Score La Elina: 3-0, 5-3, 7-5, 10-8, 13-9, 14-12.
SOL DE AGOSTO 10-4 CESSNA
SOL DE AGOSTO: Grant Ganzi 3, Paquito de Narváez 2 (3 goals), Torito Ruiz 7 (4), Juan Martin Nero 10 (3).
CESSNA: Will Johnston 2 (2 goals), Gringo Colombres 8 (1), Miguel Novillo Astrada 9 (Jejo Taranco 8), Camp Campbell 2.
Score Sol de Agosto: 3-0, 4-0, 6-1, 7-1, 8-2, 10-4.
El US Open Polo Championship will continue with this order of play:
Wednesday April 14
11am, Play-off #1: SD Farms vs La Fe, ground #5 IPC.
Thrsday APril 14
11am, Play-off #2: La Elina vs Sol de Agosto
Saturday April 16
11am, Quarter final #1: Tamera vs Polo Training Foundation
3pm, Quarter final#2: Pilot vs Ganador Play-off
Sunday April 17
10am, Quarter final #3: Scone vs Park Place
3pm, Quarter final #4: Aspen Valley vs Ganador Play-off