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2016 GULFSTREAM PACIFIC COAST OPEN FINALS

Aug 29, 2016 4:13 AM

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2016 Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open winners Restoration Hardware: Costi Caset, Ben Soleimani, Santi Von Wernich, Jason Crowder.
2016 Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open winners Restoration Hardware: Costi Caset, Ben Soleimani, Santi Von Wernich, Jason Crowder. PC: David Lominska

The final of the 2016 Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open at Santa Barbara Polo & Raquet Club in Carpinteria, California, paired FMB Too! against Restoration Hardware. Restoration Hardware took a quick lead in the first chukker of play with three consecutive goals including a goal by Team USPA member Costi Caset and two penalty conversions by Jason Crowder. Paco de Narvaez put up the first score for FMB Too! to end the chukker 3-1.

Felipe Vercellino of FMB Too! with his eye on the ball. PC: David Lominska
Felipe Vercellino of FMB Too! with his eye on the ball. PC: David Lominska

After a scoreless first chukker, Felipe Vercellino of FMB Too! found his stride scoring back-to-back goals, followed by an impressive nearside goal from Francisco de Narvaez placing FMB Too! ahead by one (4-3). Following a scoreless second chukker for Restoration Hardware, a combined two goals from Crowder and Santi von Wernich put them back in the lead. However, consistent scoring from Vercellino left Restoration Hardware trailing by one (7-6) going into the half.

FMB Too!'s Felipe Vercellino makes a nearside shot with Restoration Hardware's Santi Von Wernich in pursuit.
FMB Too!'s Felipe Vercellino makes a nearside shot with Restoration Hardware's Santi Von Wernich in pursuit.

In an electrifying fourth chukker Restoration Hardware, capitalized on a series of FMB Too! fouls providing them with a commanding four-goal lead. Caset began the scoring, followed by three penalty conversions from Crowder, adding to his already impressive three penalty goals from the first half. Caset scored again bringing Restoration Hardware’s total to 11 goals at the end of the fourth. Caset and Crowder sustained their momentum through the fifth each adding another score to the board, thwarting FMB Too!’s attempts, and leaving them scoreless for a second straight chukker. FMB Too! battling back from a six-goal deficit made two goals in the last chukker, however it was too little too late and Restoration Hardware seized a resounding 13-9 victory.

Best Playing Pony Poncho, owned and played by Costi Caset
Best Playing Pony Poncho, owned and played by Costi Caset PC: David Lominska

Most Valuable player was awarded to Costi Caset and Best Playing Pony was presented to Poncho owned and played by Caset. “It’s amazing, the biggest win of my life. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of. Coming back to where I grew up and winning this tournament,” exclaimed Caset.

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The finals of the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open will be rebroadcast on NBC Sports Network on September 11 at 6:00pm ET.

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