Morgan Creek Claims The
CHICAGO POLO CUP
OVER OAK BROOK POLO CLUB 9 to 8 FINAL SCORE
MORGAN CREEK DEFEATS OAK BROOK POLO
IN "CHICAGO POLO CUP" CHAMPIONSHIP
AUGUST 1ST, 2017
It was a perfect day for polo on Sunday, July 30th as hundreds of spectators came out to Prince of Wales Field to witness the championship match between Oak Brook Polo Club and Morgan Creek in the annual “Chicago Polo Cup.” Aside from having not played at Oak Brook in a few years, Morgan Creek defeated the home team 9-8 in an exciting and close match.
Oak Brook Polo Club’s Team was captained by Chicago business leader Jim Drury (#4, Hcap A) and included Tomas “Toto” Obregon (#1, Hcap 4), Mariano Gutierrez (#2, Hcap 4), Horacio Onetto (#3, Hcap 4). The Morgan Creek team was comprised of Chris Vangel (#1, Hcap 2), Dean Kleronomos (#2, Hcap 2), Delmer Walton (#3, Hcap 3), Lindor Novillo Corvalan (#4, Hcap 4). Jack Murphy and Todd Rackley served as the two officiating umpires.
The “Chicago Polo Cup” is a signature polo tournament that represents the rebirth of Chicago's history in hosting rival polo teams from around Chicagoland and the Midwest, such as Milwaukee, Detroit, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Iowa, Indianapolis and many more.
Morgan Creek Polo Team (LtoR): Chris Vangel, Dean Kleronomos, Del Walton and Lindor Novillo Corvalan
Morgan Creek began the match with one goal on handicap. Oak Brook’s Onetto scored the first goal on a penalty 2. However, Morgan Creek played fast and hungry putting three goals on the board to only one from Oak Brook. Just before the horn sounded to end the 1st chukker, Morgan Creek was awarded a penalty therefore adding five seconds to the clock. In a quick- thinking move, Corvalan converted the penalty 5b from the middle of the field to score putting them ahead 4-1.
In the 2nd and 3rd chukkers, Morgan Creek’s Corvalan & Walton continued to feed their forwards Kleronomos & Vangel with goal scoring opportunities to maintain the lead. Kleronomos was well mounted and kicked into defense a few times in the second half of the match, chasing down Oak Brook’s Gutierrez to either hook his stick, or steal a couple of near side back shots.
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The “save” play of the match though went to Oak Brook’s Obregon who at the end of the 4th chukker raced to defend his goal and hit an acute angled neck shot right out of the goal mouth, all while being chased down by Walton. Drury, who usually plays up front for Oak Brook, had to play a little defense this match and put in a few good ride offs against Corvalan. Morgan Creek still led the score 7-5.
Morgan Creek’s Vangel was awarded “best bump” of the match, while Oak Brook’s Obregon was awarded “best neck shot” of the match out of his own goal. Morgan Creek’s Walton was awarded fastest horse (again). “Best Playing Pony” was awarded to the chestnut gelding, Chance (owned by Drury), and “MVP” went to Corvalan.
Oak Brook Polo’s next three matches are part of the “International Polo Series” featuring teams from Jamaica (August 6), India (August 20) and Great Britain (September 10).
2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club's 95th season as one of the nation's oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. Once considered the “polo capital” of the world Oak Brook was the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.
Oak Brook Polo Club is located at 2606 York Road), seventeen miles from downtown Chicago. A variety of ticket options are available at www.oakbrookpoloclub.com. For general information, event scheduling, and parking directions, please call 630.368.5095.
Oak Brook came out with their best horses for the 5th chukker. Within a few minutes, after some good tactical plays, and a couple of fouls from Morgan Creek, Oak Brook managed to tie the score 7-7 going into the 6th and final chukker. Obregon and Onetto were focused on getting ahead but luck was not on their side – missing one goal by inches in regular play, and another on penalty. Gutierrez also had a good run down the east side of the field, then necked the ball towards the north goal, only to miss the last cut back shot to finish it off. As expected, Corvalan kept up the pressure with his quick stick work, and combined with the horse speed of Walton, pulled off another two goals to win the match 9-8.
Spectators enjoying the halftime Divot Stomp