Twin Palms Doubles the Skins Money and Wins Rossmore0

Posted on March 26th, 2018 in News, Uncategorized

On an ‘absolutely perfect afternoon in sunny Southern California’ and in front of a huge and extremely involved crowd, Twin Palms (Graham Bray 3, Mason Wroe 4, Patrick Uretz 4, Mike Kerley 1 {sub for inj Chris Maloney 1}) ran to convincing $14,000 to $7,000 money win and 12 – 9 overall victory over Farmers & Merchants Bank/RH Polo (Danny Walker 2, Mariano Fassetta 5, Santiago Von Wernich 5, Catlin Dix {sub for inj Ben Soleimani}) in the 24th annual Polo Skins Games and the USPA Rossmore Cup.
With $3500 available in each chukker, the hotly contested game turned out to be a perfect example of how polo is supposed to be played – hit the ball and run.
At the outset, speed and accuracy was to be prevalent as the Walker group prevailed by one goal to lead in the Rossmore at 3 – 2 and in doing so won the $3,500 available in the first period.
Twin Palms came back in the second and outscored the bankers by an identical count of 3 – 2 and grabbed their first cash award of $3,500. The money was now even as was the Rossmore tally at 5 – 5.
The third period saw Farmers & Merchants/RH Polo score two goals to just a single from Twin Palms to grab another chunk of cash to lead at $7,000 to $3,500 and go ahead in the overall at 7 – 6.
As the very big crowd took part in the Ruffino Prosecco halftime divot stomp, the Twin Palms foursome used the time wisely and it showed in the fourth period as they outran FMB/RH by a count of 4 – 1 and in doing so won another $3,500 to get even in the money count at $7,000 and jump ahead for the Rossmore at 10 – 8.
As the classic polo continued in the penultimate frame the scoring was made difficult by great defensive work and each side counted but one goal to create the first carryover of the afternoon. This would make the sixth chukker worth $7,000. Twin Palms continued to lead in the Rossmore at 11 – 9.
The final saw just one goal – perhaps fittingly from Patrick Uretz – and Chris Maloney’s Twin Palms had doubled the money count and at the same time took the overall tally to win the Rossmore Cup ($14,000 – $7,000 and 12 – 9 overall).
For the winners, Uretz scored nine goals (four fouls), Bray had a pair, and Wroe counted one.
Fassetta struck seven times for FMB/RH and Waker had two in the loss.
In a game where he showed his ability to do everything required to play winning polo, Uretz was selected as the MVP.
Josephina, a product of the Walker breeding program, and played by Walker in the second period, was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.
Prior to the awards presentation to the winners and the runners-up, David Carlson was presented with the Robert Skene Most Improved Player Trophy.

Tony Gregg