Santa Clara on top of the heap after two rounds in the Engel and Völkers Santa Barbara USPA America Cup

Six teams are in the hunt for the third tournament of the High Goal Series at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The USPA America Cup has been a fixture in Santa Barbara for many years, adding an extra element of prestige to the tournament.

Sol de Agosto adjusted their lineup, switching out Figueras for Team USPA member Jim Wright (2). Wright just finished a successful 12 goal season and helped shift the momentum for the Sol de Agosto team. While finishing just short in both matches, the team is aimed for their run at the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open later this month.

After making the previous two finals, Santa Clara is once again on top after two rounds of play. The father/son Escobar duo, along with Joaquin Panelo and Mariano Obregon, narrowly defeated Lucchese and Farmers & Merchants Bank.

After losing to Santa Clara, Lucchese turned on the heat, stunning Klentner Ranch 14-8. Jeff Hall took control of the match with ease and pushed Augustin Obregon and Jared Zenni to a fantastic performance.

Though Lucchese proved to be a stumbling block for Klentner Ranch, they took down the RH squad in the first round. RH came back on Sunday to defeat Sol de Agosto in the Sunday 3:00 PM match.

Friday’s matches will be important for each team to determine who will go to the final on Sunday. A shootout will be used to break any three-way ties in record.

Round 1
FMB def Sol do Agosto 13-10
Santa Clara def Lucchese 10-9
Klentner Ranch def RH 11-8

Round 2
Lucchese def. Klentner Ranch 14-8
Santa Clara def. FMB 9-8
RH def. Sol de Agosto 8-7

About the 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 2017 season opened May 5th and runs through the first week of October.

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