Polo Season Culminates In U.S. Open Final April 22
It was an exciting day at the International Polo Club Palm Beach Sunday, April 15 as the Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship quarterfinals brought fans one step closer to a champion. The final of four quarterfinal matches took place on Piaget Field at 4 p.m. with Coca-Cola going head to head with Zacara, with Zacara coming out ahead 13-7.
The featured match was kicked off by pop star Aaron Carter singing the national anthem and tossing the coin. Alongside him was newly elected Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis.
Zacara proved to be tough to beat early in the match with team member Facundo Pieres scoring a total of 10 goals as Coca-Cola struggled through two scoreless chukkers. Zacara’s Magoo Laprida kicked things off by scoring the first goal from the field, followed by a pair of goals from Pieres. Coca-Cola’s Hilario Ulloa scored for his team with just a minute left of play in the first chukker, leaving Coca-Cola trailing 3-1. Zacara’s defense was tough in the second chukker, putting them ahead by two goals. It wasn’t until just before the half that Coca-Cola’s Julio Arellano and Ulloa scored to make it 7-3 Zacara at halftime.
Coca-Cola came back with a vengeance in the fourth chukker, scoring three times in the first three minutes and allowing only one goal for Zacara. But another scoreless chukker for Coca-Cola in the fifth kept them behind, losing to Zacara 13-7.
Zacara faced off against ERG in semifinals play at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 following a 2 p.m. semifinals matchup of Lechuza and Valiente I. Scores were not available by press time.
The Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship finals will take place Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler will be officiating the coin toss.
With seven state-of-the-art polo fields, a stunning newly renovated pavilion and a variety of entertainment, IPC is the place to see and be seen every Sunday. Whether it’s enjoying a glass of champagne, the spectacular field-side brunch, or partaking in reserved lawn seating, Wellington Kids Zone or general admission seating, IPC has something to offer every level of spectator.
For season information and tickets, visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. Find IPC on Facebook, follow on Twitter @SundayPolo or visit www.ipcscoreboard.com for up-to-date scores, schedules, rosters and all other polo info.