Polo Players Edition

AUG 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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24 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N New teams join the ranks of the I/I program BY AMY FRASER T wo new collegiate programs joined the ranks of the I/I program this summer, the University of South Carolina –Aiken, and Point Loma Nazarene in California. We caught up with coach Tiger Kneece of USC-Aiken, and founding member and president of Point Loma, Molly Agee, to learn more about their new intercollegiate programs. Look for them in the arena this fall! University of South Carolina— Aiken Aiken, South Carolina Home Clubs: Aiken Polo Club New Bridge Polo Club Coach: Tiger Kneece Intercollegiate/Interscholastic: What prompted you to start a polo club at USC- Aiken? Tiger Kneece: We had started our high school I/I program the year before and we quickly gained some interest for a college program. We wanted to be able to offer middle school all the way through college in our youth program. I/I: How has the Aiken community stepped up in support of your youth program? TK: We are fortunate that we live in an equestrian community and people love to support horse activities and anything with youth involved. People who own local fields and arenas have opened their doors for us to be able to use them to ensure we always have a place for the kids to play. The local clubs have been instrumental in this as well. I/I: Can you tell us something unique about USC—Aiken you want prospective students to know about? TK: It is a great little school that has a lot to offer both academically and through sports. Now with the I/I program combined with the local spring and fall seasons one has access to polo nearly year round. I/I: What are you looking forward to most this season with your new team? TK: Getting to know the new players and their families [and] the relationships that are built spending time and traveling together. I/I: What advice do you have for other new teams who are trying to get started? TK: Getting a team started may seem like too big of a task to take on but I have Welcome to the family Former 5-goaler Eugene "Tiger" Kneece will now coach an intercollegiate team in addition to the interscholastic team and youth programs he runs.

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