Polo Players Edition

FEB2019

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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E mpire Polo Club in Indio, California, got off to a great start with eight teams competing in its season-opening 4-goal Stagecoach Challenge. After two weeks of play, the field was narrowed to two teams, Lockton and Evergreen, that met in the final on Jan. 6. Lockton (Tim Kelly, Joe Coors, Tommy Costello, Alejandro Gonzalez) was the first on the scoreboard with a shot to goal by Costello. Evergreen (Tom Sprung, Quinn Evans, Taylor Freeman, Carlitos Galindo) soon responded with a Penalty 3 conversion by Freeman. Gonzalez put Lockton back on top to end the first 2-1. Freeman's second Penalty 3 conversion knotted the score and a goal by Evans and a Penalty 1 gave Evergreen the 4-2 lead. Sadly, Coors' horse suffered a fatal heart attack during the chukker. Gonzalez cut the deficit with a lone goal in the third and tied the score with a Penalty 3 conversion early in the fourth. Freeman scored on a run and Galindo followed with a Penalty 6. Evans found the mark and Galindo scored his second of the chukker to double up Lockton's score, 8-4. Evergreen kept up the pressure in the fifth. Galindo hit the target with a Penalty 4 then a field goal. Sprung split the uprights and Galindo shot through one more before Costello responded for Lockton. Time expired with Evergreen holding the 12-5 lead. 46 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N P O L O R E P O R T D I S P A T C H E S F R O M T H E W O R L D O F P O L O Evergreen's Carlitos Galindo wowed the crowd with five goals for his team. EVERGREEN SECURES STAGECOACH CHALLENGE C A L I F O R N I A JIM BREMNER/JFBPHOTOS.COM

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