May

19

Pete Bostwick Memorial

Final

Crestview Genetics

8

Upatoi Green/Foxdale Equine

7

May

21

Pete Bostwick Memorial - f

Final

Crestview Genetics

11

Upatoi Green/Foxdale Equine

10

May

26

2017 Tommy Hitchcock Memorial

4:00 PM ET

Bliss Polo

0

SD Farms

0

May

27

2017 Tommy Hitchcock Memorial

10:00 AM ET

Crestview Genetics

0

Blackberg Ranch/Good Thunder

0

See All Hide
WATCH NOW: Live Coverage of
WATCH NOW: Live Coverage of

May

19

Pete Bostwick Memorial

Final

Crestview Genetics

8

Upatoi Green/Foxdale Equine

7

May

21

Pete Bostwick Memorial - f

Final

Crestview Genetics

11

Upatoi Green/Foxdale Equine

10

May

26

2017 Tommy Hitchcock Memorial

4:00 PM ET

Bliss Polo

0

SD Farms

0

May

27

2017 Tommy Hitchcock Memorial

10:00 AM ET

Crestview Genetics

0

Blackberg Ranch/Good Thunder

0

WATCH NOW: Live Coverage of

THE LATEST

NEWS

U.S. POLO ASSN. DOMINATES THE COMPETITION IN SUMMERLAND WINERY LISLE NIXON MEMORIAL

May 16, 2017 4:19 PM

SHARE

Summerland Winery Lisle Nixon Memorial Winners: U.S. Polo Assn. - Matt Walker, Luis Escobar, Patrick Uretz, Nico Escobar.
Summerland Winery Lisle Nixon Memorial Winners: U.S. Polo Assn. - Matt Walker, Luis Escobar, Patrick Uretz, Nico Escobar.

With a mixture of youth, talent and experience, the U.S. Polo Assn. polo team boasted an impressive undefeated record entering the Summerland Winery Lisle Nixon Memorial Final. The tournament is the first of a four-tournament 12-goal series hosted by the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California.

U.S. Polo Assn. featured a dynamic father-son duo, Luis Escobar rated at 5 goals and his son Nico Escobar, rated at 1 goal. The Escobars were joined by Patrick Uretz*, 4 goals, and Santa Barbara native, Matt Walker, 2 goals. The four-man team matched up against Antelope in the final match.

The Antelope team, Santi Trotz (5), Felipe “Pipe” Vercellino (5), Jim Wright* (2) and Geoff Palmer (A), won the tie-breaking penalty shootout to earn their berth in the final. 

U.S. Polo Assn.'s Matt Walker winds up for the backshot.
U.S. Polo Assn.'s Matt Walker winds up for the backshot.

U.S. Polo Assn. drew first blood scoring two quick goals at the start of the first chukker. The fierce foursome took advantage of their offensive momentum scoring four more goals before the second period ended. Antelope fought to defend, but found themselves behind 10-3 at half.

Knowing he had three men behind him, the patriarch of the Escobar clan gambled forwards in the fourth chukker, adding two tallies to the U.S. Polo Assn. score in addition to a third goal from Walker.

Antelope's Pipe Vercellino and U.S. Polo Assn.'s Patrick Uretz battle for possession.
Antelope's Pipe Vercellino and U.S. Polo Assn.'s Patrick Uretz battle for possession.

With the game clock slowly counting down, Antelope began to overcome the deficit. A penalty by Wright and two goals from the field by Vercellino pushed them closer to the opposition late in the fifth chukker. Palmer took advantage of a foul called against the opponent, kicking off the sixth and final chukker with a goal from the penalty line. U.S. Polo Assn. did not back down pushing their lead to 17-10 as the final bell sounded. 

Best Playing Pony: Country Girl played and owned by Luis Escobar, pictured with Claudia Uretz and Lucas Escobar.
Best Playing Pony: Country Girl played and owned by Luis Escobar, pictured with Claudia Uretz and Lucas Escobar.

Patrick Uretz was awarded Most Valuable Player. Country Girl owned and played by Luis Escobar was named Best Playing Pony.

The players on the U.S. Polo Assn. team demonstrated their individual skills and trust in the team throughout the tournament. MVP Uretz spoke highly of his teammates, “Everyone on the team did their job, whether it be to stick with their man, clear the way and make the defensive play or to hit the pass downfield. I was confident taking chances on some plays because I knew there was always someone covering behind me. It is an honor to play for the U.S. Polo Assn. team at this club.” Uretz grew up playing in the summer youth polo at the Santa Barbara Polo Club and now makes it his summer club as a professional. Uretz will compete in the next tournament with the U.S. Polo Assn. team. 

Most Valuable Player: Patrick Uretz with mother Claudia Uretz.
Most Valuable Player: Patrick Uretz with mother Claudia Uretz.

*Patrick Uretz and Jim Wright are members of Team USPA. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.

All photos ©David Lominska/Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

JOIN THE USPA

BECOME A MEMBER

JOIN TODAY
×

Online shopping is not available in your country

Find Retail Locations