Polo Players Edition

JUL 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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60 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Y E S T E R Y E A R S COLLEGE GAMES T he 1958 National Intercolle- giate Tournament was played in the Squadron A Armory in New York City on March 8. Perhaps a more significant intercollegiate tournament was played that year with four-man teams on the grass at Cowdray Park in Britain. For some reason, the National Intercol- legiate Tournament records show only two teams competing that year, making the championship just one game. Cornell (Pablo Toro, Bennett M. Baldwin, Stanley Woolaway) took on Yale (Peter Carlton, J. Barker Hickox, Perry Welch). As a warm-up, Yale had competed in the Eastern Sherman Memorial, which drew eight teams. Yale made it to the final, only to fall to New Haven's father and son duo of Frank Butterworth Jr. and Frank Butterworth III, along with Jarrett H. Vincent. A write up in the USPA Blue Book for that year reads: "Earlier in the season, the Eastern Sherman Memorial was played, eight teams being entered. The finals, an all- Yale one, found the Yale Varsity versus New Haven. In a brilliant finish Frank Butterworth, the only non-undergraduate on the field, scored the tying and winning goals leading his son and Jarrett Vincent to the championship. "Unfortunately for Yale, the finals of the Intercollegiates were not "all Yale' as the Blues took a trimming from Cornell 20-4. This was sweet revenge for the Ithaca team which besides the college title had also lost the finals of the Sherman Tour- nament to Yale the previous year." Since the tournament's inception in 1922, Yale had taken the title 10 times to Cornell's four. While Yale didn't make the final the following year (Cornell beat Uni- versity of Virginia 14-5), these two teams continued to battle over the next decade meeting each other in the final each year from 1960 to 1970. During that time, Yale won seven titles while Cornell took four. A bigger tournament was played in June 1958 when a U.S. team went to Eng- land to compete against other intercolle- giate teams. According to the 1959 Blue Book, Cambridge University extended an invitation to the United States Polo Associ- ation, which put together a team to repre- sent the U.S. The Blue Book goes on to describe the event like this: George "Frolic" Weymouth of Wilming- ton, Delaware, captain of the Yale Polo Team, played No. 1; Peter Baldwin, Cor- nell star from Hawaii, played No. 2; Richard Riemenschneider of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, captain of the University of Vir- ginia, played No. 3; and Stanley Wool- away, also of Hawaii and captain of Cor- nell, played Back. The team gathered at Brandywine in early June where they elected Weymouth captain and underwent rigorous training and coaching by Ray Harrington and veteran Jimmy Mills. Upon landing in London, the team was taken to England's polo mecca, Cowdray Park, where their gracious host and truly great sportsman, Lord Cowdray, provided ponies for a practice game Friday and their first match on Sunday, where the Maharaja of Cooch Behar's ponies were too fast for their club ponies and the U.S. team was defeated in the last 40 seconds of the game, 5-4. The following Sunday, the team were guests at Woolmers Park of the Cambridge team consisting of men from all over the British Empire—England, South Africa, Malaya and Australia. The American team Collegiate tournaments were played indoors and out in 1958 BY GWEN RIZZO Mrs. Frank Butterworth Jr. presents the intercollegiate trophy to Cornell's Stanley Woolaway, George Baer, Jay Shuttleworth, Peter Baldwin and Pablo Toro.

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