Team Manduke 2007 Champions, with Runner Up,
On Monday, May 28th, 2007, Memorial day, Maui
Polo Club held the 5th annual "Manduke Baldwin" Memorial Tournament.
To start the day, 2 teams of Hawaiian cowboys
took to the field to honor Manduke's rich cowboy heritage. For two chukkas the
cowboys delighted the crowd in their bright Aloha shirts and western saddles .
Manduke was a great rancher, managing Haleakala Ranch for several decades, a
great father and one of the highest rated polo players ever from Hawaii,
attaining a handicap of 7 goals.
At the end of the second chukker, Team Kapakalua captained by Wilfred Souza
along with Wesley De Coite and Paul Jacobsen had the edge and assured their spot
in polo history by winning and the right to have their names inscribed in the
Cowboy Game "Rich Roenisch" perpetual trophy.
Team Haiku with Mark Hutto, Grayden Miguel and
Wesley Wong did not go home empty handed, as all 6 cowboys received a nice
bronze sculpture of Manduke's cowboy saddle, polo boots , helmet, whip and polo
mallet done by R. Roenisch.
The stage was set for a showdown!
||Knox Weymouth 2
||Kawika Manoa 4
|Herman Louis De Coite 3
||Kimo Hudleston 4
Once again this years tournament was an amazing exhibition of
polo and horsemanship.
Billy Sheldon, playing for Team Manduke, from Poway Polo Club, San Diego
CA. Was the highest rated player at 6 goals. Billy is a 3 time winner of the
United States Polo Assn Arena Open Championship.
For Team Oskie, Kimo "The Poi Pounder " Hudleston was the main player, rated at
All four chukkas were very close and high scoring. Going into the fourth and
final chukka the score was tied at 9.
Both teams missed a lot of penalties. It was anybodys game.
At the end of the game, Team Manduke was up by one goal.
The final score after the bell was rung by longtime Polo Player and now fulltime
dedicated, and Sunday crowd favorite Frank Crozier, was Team Manduke 13, Team
Hot Apple Pie, one of Maui's best bands played after the game,
while Julio Ramos and Allen & wife Crystal Vares & his gang served BBQ huli huli beef and chicken
Salad and Rice etc.
A big mahalo to Katie Baldwin Achaval for sponsoring this
Another big mahalo to MPC's Vice President, Scott McKay
and to Cary Burch for officiating this years game.
Thank you to all of you who came out to enjoy the game .
We will see you again next year. Aloha.
Kimo & EA
Billy Sheldon on Dip & Dots
Kawika Manoa on Doreen
Billy Sheldon riding Reina
Ben Baldwin, Katie Baldwin Achaval & Emiliano Achaval
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