Santa Barbara, CA-Dropping their first match of the tournament to Klentner Ranch, Lucchese strung together two straight victories, including a 12-9 triumph over the defending champs (Farmers & Merchants Bank), to bring their record to 2-1 after the first weekend of the tournament.
Lucchese then missed out on a chance for a bye to the finals by dropping a tough 12-11 decision to Restoration Hardware that set up another meeting with Klentner Ranch in the semi-finals. A slim 9-8 victory again set up a revenge match in the final round at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club with Restoration Hardware.
The fans were treated to a spectacular final that saw Restoration Hardware complete a clean sweep of the tournament, going 5-0 and earning the America Cup, with a tight 10-9 victory over Lucchese.
Jeff Hall grew up in Santa Barbara, California and Houston, Texas. He began riding horses at just four years old in Indio, California where his father John Hall, an enthusiastic polo sponsor, instilled a passion for the sport. By the time Jeff reached seven, he had envisioned his future. His dream of playing polo professionally became a reality at 12 years old and he hasn’t looked back since.
Jeff Hall ...