Polo Players Edition

JAN 2019

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 56 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N UNC TRIUMPHS IN BATTLE OF THE BLUES Triangle Area Polo in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina, had its fall season get off to a late start after a visit from Florence—Hurricane Florence that is! When the dust finally settled, the club hosted its annual Battle of the Blues, presented by VisitOrangeCountyNC. Employees, students and alumni for University of North Carolina and Duke University battled on the polo field in the 6th annual match. UNC won the inaugural match, but Duke has dominated it the last four years. Early on it looked as if Duke would easily make it five wins as it jumped out to a 3-0 lead. UNC came roaring back, ending the first half knotted at 5- all. The teams exchanged goals in the third to keep the score level, 7-7, going into the final chukker. Carson Tucker scored twice for UNC to put it up 9-7 with just two minutes to go. But Duke was not ready to let go. Tammy Havener found the mark and just after the 30-second warning horn sounded, Bella Hamon tied it up to send the match to a shootout. Havener, Tucker and Sheana Funkhouser all made their shots to give UNC the 12-11 victory. North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland was on hand to present the trophies to UNC. He also presented a state capital flag signed by Governor Roy Cooper to club owners David and Leslie Brooks for their work in the North Carolina equine and tourism industries. Next up was the Harvest Cup presented by Rocking B Saddle Shop. Hickory Furniture Mart (Chris Wolf, Tammy Havener, Amy Dunlap) took on WCHL 97.9 (Jordan Lee, Banks Holcombe, Brayden Foster). Hickory was making it look easy as each teammate scored twice, posting a 6-0 lead. Lee ended the chukker with a run and a two-pointer to put WCHL on the board. Lee and Holcombe each shot two- pointers into the goal in the second to tie the score. With the teams continuing to battle, Hickory held on to a narrow, 8-7, lead at the half. The teams matched each other in the third but another deuce by Holcombe gave WCHL a first-time lead. Wolf scored to level the score and force a shootout. WCHL ended the shootout ahead to win the match and take the title. S O U T H E A S T E R N Umpire David Brooks and NC Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland presented the cup to UNC's Tammy Havener, Carson Tucker, Sheana Funkhouser and Mark Hauser. WCHL and Hickory Furniture Mart battled in the Harvest Cup. WCHL prevailed 15-13 after a shootout. Surface 678's Leslie Brooks, Tammy Havener and Amy Dunlap won the USPA Sportsmanship Cup at Triangle Area Polo Club. The Candied Yams proudly displayed their Turkey Cup trophies with members of Mash Taters and Gravy.

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