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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P O L O R E P O R T 50 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Garcia del Rio and Bacon put the icing on the cake while shutting down White Birch. Huntsman cruised to an 11-5 victory. Gusi Garcia del Rio was top scorer on the day and Dillon Bacon was named MVP. —Debra Napp WCHL TRIUMPHS IN WOMEN'S ARENA GAME WCHL edged Columbus to win the 4- to 6-goal Southeastern Circuit Women's Arena Challenge at Triangle Polo Club in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina, on June 17. Play was under the watchful eye of USPA umpire Marcos Bignoli. In the first match, WCHL jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-pointer by Jordan Lee and a goal by Leslie Brooks. Orange Crush fought back with a goal to end the chukker and another to start the second, coming to within one, 3-2. It had a chance to tie the score with a Penalty 2, but missed. Lee added one before the half ended with WCHL on top 4-2. Brooks started the second half on fire, scoring three in a row. Lee shot through another goal to jump out front 8-3. They continued to dominate, taking the game 9-5 to advance to the final. The second game started out similarly to the first, with Surface 678 quickly taking a 3-0 lead after receiving a one-goal handicap and Tammy Havener and Tatiana Wolf hitting the mark. Columbus retaliated when Marissa Abrams scored a two-pointer out of the bowl-in following Surface's third goal. Sheila Everett tied the score with a Penalty 2 conversion. Havener and Wolf struck again in the second and Columbus added one, leaving Surface with a 5-4 advantage at the half. Columbus knotted the game early in the third. Wolf tallied but Everett responded with a penalty conversion to end the chukker 6-6. In the last chukker, Wolf put Surface back in the lead but Everett evened the score for the third time with a Penalty 2. Both teams struggled to gain the advantage, but missed opportunities and failed to close the game in regulation time. In the penalty shootout, Columbus S O U T H E A S T WCHL's Leslie Brooks, Jordan Lee and Tatiana Wolf won A Flight of the Spring has Sprung tournament and the Women's Arena Challenge. Passover Plaids Dawson Brooks, Sheana Funkhouser and Matt Hansen won A Flight of the Easter Baskets tournament. Youth Development's Natalie Hernandez, Brayden Foster and Carson Tucker won B Flight of the Spring has Sprung tourney. The Peeps' Amy Dunlap, Brayden Foster and Peggy Baron-Antolin won B Flight of the Easter Baskets tournament.

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