SANTA BARBARA, CA. (May 24, 2016) Mariano Fassetta was the hero of the Highwood team draining a penalty four to win the Sunday 3:00 match with 5 seconds remaining in the final chukker of play.
“You know, I think it was confidence and a little bit of luck,” laughed Fassetta. “I hit my last penalty horribly so Marcelo [Abbiati] took the next one. When they called the last foul of the game and gave us the penalty 4, Marcelo asked if I wanted to hit it. I had practiced the penalties the day before and I was on my best horse. I thought if I make it, we win, if not we play overtime, and thankfully it went right down the middle.”
Highwood and Farmers and Merchants Bank were neck and neck throughout the entire game. Both teams lined up with the same combination of rated players, two 5 goal players, an A rated player, and a Walker, each with a two goal handicap. The final shot by Fassetta gave Highwood the victory 9-8 over FMB.
Highwood Farmers and Merchants Bank
Ron Mathison A Alonso Cruz A
Dan Walker 2 Felipe Viana 5
Mariano Fassetta 5 Henry Walker 2
Marcelo Abbiati 5 Luis Escobar 5
Earlier in the day, Twin Palms took on the local Klentner Ranch Team. Twin Palms gained an early advantage, making Klentner Ranch fight for every point. Klentner Ranch brought the score within one but the Twin Palms team dominated the scoring in the second half. The final score read 11-7 in favor of Twin Palms.
The final round of tournament play will take place on Wednesday, May 25. Twin Palms will play Antelope at 2:00 PM and Klentner Ranch will face Farmers and Merchants Bank in a virtual quarterfinal at 4:00 PM. The semifinals will take place on Friday, May 27.
About 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, boarding
facilities, polo lessons and country club amenities all alongside the Pacific Ocean. The 2016
Spring Season runs May 6th through June 26th. Eight weeks of high goal action beginning July 10th will feature the Belmond El Encanto Polo Classic, USPA Maserati Silver Cup,
USPA Nespresso America Cup and culminate with the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our website, www.sbpolo.com.