Carpinteria, CA-Team Lucchese appeared in their third final in as many tournaments over the weekend, coming up just short against Klentner Ranch, 8-6. Below is a recap of the tournament for Lucchese.
The 2018 Silver Air Pacific Coast Open kicked off Thursday, August 16th at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and saw Team Lucchese defeat Klentner Ranch, 10-8.
Facing Restoration Hardware for the 3rd time in two weeks in the second match of the tournament, Lucchese dropped another heartbreaker, 12-11. Despite the lopsided win total for RH, these two teams have proven very equally matched as the beginning of this season has gotten under way.
Wednesday's match proved a similar result, with Lucchese suffering another heart-wrenching defeat, 12-11 in OT at the hands of Sol de Agosto.
Team Lucchese had the bounceback performance they needed with a 13-11 victory over Farmers & Merchants Bank on Sunday afternoon. Farmers & Merchants Bank lost their captain Lucas Criado to a hand injury in the fifth chukker and replaced Nachi Viana and Criado with Juan Monteverde and Santi Trotz with FMB down by one goal. Lucchese took advantage of the team change and pushed through the sixth chukker, scoring four times - two by Toly Ulloa and one each by Hall and Facundo Obregon. Lucchese secured their spot in the semi final with a score of 13-11 over FMB.
John Muse and Team Lucchese (3-2) finally got the best of their rival, Restoration Hardware (3-2), in the semi-final matchup with a well-played 10-8 victory. With the win, Lucchese clinches their third championship game berth in as many tournaments this season, having previously won the season-opening Robert Skene Memorial Trophy. Lucchese will face Klentner Ranch (3-2) in the championship match after they defeated Sol De Agosto, 7-6, on Thursday evening.
In another heartbreaking finale, Lucchese (3-3) came up short against Klentner Ranch (4-2) on Sunday afternoon. Fouls hurt Team Lucchese and KR took advantage, converting on 5/6 penalty chances. Klentner Ranch takes home the Pacific Coast Open Trophy after losing in double OT in last year's final.
Read here for more on the final match.
The Pacific Coast Open signals the end of the 16-goal season for Lucchese. Team Lucchese will next begin the 8-goal season by competing in the USPA President's Cup September 15-23 at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
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.
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