The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club hosted players from around the country and California for the 2016 WCT Women’s Tournament, a fun pro pool and the USPA Wickenden Cup bracket play.
The first game of the WCT Women’s Tournament between Plank Company and Rinaldi Polo gave spectators their first taste of women’s polo. Rinaldi Polo held the Plank Company team with a tight defence through the third chukka, but Fargey led her team to victory in the final chukka of play to advance to the final on Sunday.
The second match between Central Coast and Celebrity Ranch was fast and high scoring. The Central Coast team, the winners of the 2015 Women’s Tournament, shot accurately on goal throughout all four chukkas. Central Coast’s victory secured their spot in the final against Plank Company.
The final of the WCT Women’s Tournament between Plank Company and Central Coast was a close fought match. Plank Company dominated the majority of the game, but in the final chukka of play, Central Coast was able to tie the score up and send the game into overtime. Plank Company once again controlled the field in the overtime chukka, but were unable to score. Two missed opportunities for Plank Company kept the score tied as the fifth chukka of play ended. Danielle Travis converted a penalty four in the head to head shootout to win the tournament.
Danielle Travis was named MVP and Dayelle Fargey’s, “Ebony” was awarded Best Playing Pony.
The USPA Wickenden Cup began the first round of bracket play on Saturday. Agua Dulce defeated Gipsy Farm and Klentner Ranch defeated Film Finances. The winners faced off against each other on Sunday after the ladies match. Following suit, the game went into overtime. Missed opportunities from Klentner Ranch early in the OT chukka were costly. Max Menini scored the winning goal giving Agua Dulce a 2-0 record. Film Finances defeated Gipsy Farm to advance with a 1-1 record.
The last round of bracket play will take place on Saturday and the final will be played at 3:00 on Sunday.
WCT Women’s Tournament Teams
Central Coast Polo Club (12)
Jillian Tietje (2)
Megan Judge (3)
Jennifer Alexy (4)
Danielle Travis (3)
Plank Company (12)
Hanna Heitzig (A)
Gabby Questel (2)
Dayelle Fargey (7)
Kendall Plank (3)
Rinaldi Polo (9)
Cory Williams (0)
Hayley Heatley (2)
Sheryl Sick (3)
Melanja Jones (4)
Celebrity Ranch (12)
Sue Landis (1)
Erin Brittain (3)
Roxy Keyfauver (4)
Cybele Jordan (4)
Photos © David Lominska Polographics
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 www.sbpolo.com