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February 5 - 26, 2022

BUTLER HANDICAP®

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BUTLER HANDICAP®

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

In 1954 the U.S. Open Polo Championship® changed venues from the Meadow Brook Club on Long Island, New York, to the Oak Brook Polo Club in Illinois. On the outskirts of Chicago, Oak Brook was an outstanding polo and golf complex built by Paul Butler. Housed on thousands of acres, in its heyday, Oak Brook boasted 13 polo fields and stabling for 400 horses. It was in this same year, 1954, that the Butler Handicap® was established. Named in honor of Paul Butler, in his early 60s at the time, his litany of polo accomplishments, including 29 dedicated years on the USPA Board of Governors, warranted a commemorative tournament.

Centrality was the primary benefit of Oak Brook: Situated in the middle of the country, shipping was less of a concern, and consequently more teams were drawn to Chicago for the U.S. Open. According to Jorie Butler Kent, daughter of Paul Butler and former manager of Oak Brook for 13 years, “the most teams that we ever had was actually during the time that I was running the polo at Oak Brook for the family, and we had 13 teams in the U.S. Open Championship®, which was a huge number, and a number of years we had twelve, but we usually had nine or ten. It was always a very, very sought-after tournament.” Paul Butler saw this as an opportunity to capitalize on both players and spectators traveling to the area.

Since teams traveled a big distance to play in the U.S. Open, he proposed another tournament, to run concurrently, for those teams knocked out of the prestigious tournament. In this way, the Butler Handicap® maintained a competitive and high standard of play equal to the U.S. Open. As the tournament was Mr. Butler’s idea, it was aptly named in his honor. The Butler Handicap®, therefore, traditionally served as a handicap tournament for teams entering the U.S. Open and became an important USPA event for over six decades, showcasing premier players, horses and polo club venues. During that time span, just about every notable player and who’s who of Hall of Famers competed for the prestigious title.

In its inaugural year, the Butler was won by the CCC-Meadow Brook team, comprised of players Don Beveridge, G.H. “Pete” Bostwick, Alan Corey Jr. and Harold Barry. This same team took the Monty Waterbury Trophy and the U.S. Open, rounding out an exciting triple crown.

The tournament was played every year until 1966, with a few exceptions, and after a brief hiatus was played uninterrupted from 1971-1990 almost exclusively at the Oak Brook Polo Club. Oak Brook remained the mecca of polo until 1978, when the U.S. Open found a new home at the Retama Polo Center in San Antonio, Texas.

In the late 90s and early 2000s the Butler was played only a handful of times: 1995, 2006 and 2007. In more recent times (2008-2014) the Butler served as a subsidiary to the USPA Gold Cup®, one of two high-goal tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open Polo Championship®, hosted at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida.

In 2014, due to the combined efforts of the Butler family and the USPA, the historic Butler Handicap® was officially adopted as a national USPA event. In July 2016, the Greenwich Polo Club hosted the 20-goal tournament in Greenwich, Connecticut, in a concerted effort with the USPA to re-launch and better memorialize the national tournament.

The Butler Handicap® was incorporated into the 26-goal lineup in 2017 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida, where Coca-Cola (Julian de Lusarreta, Julio Arellano, Gillian Johnston, Miguel Novillo Astrada) claimed the trophy. In 2020, the Butler Handicap® moved to Port Mayaca Polo Club (PMPC) in Okeechobee, Florida, where it remains today and will be played at the 18-goal level.

In 2021, the Butler Handicap® Final pitted undefeated Postage Stamp Farm (Annabelle Gundlach, Facundo Obregon, Mariano Aguerre, Brandon Phillips, sub. Matias Gonzalez) against Old Hickory Bourbon (Lucas Escobar, Matias Magrini, Santino Magrini, Stevie Orthwein, sub. Kristos ‘Keko’ Magrini), with Old Hickory Bourbon emerging on top thanks to the seven-goal effort from Santino Magrini to raise the historic trophy 12-9.

This year's edition will showcase four talented teams, including reigning champion Old Hickory Bourbon's Stevie Orthwein returning with a new lineup of Joaquin Panelo, Matias Magrini and Jake Klentner. Fellow champion and Active Team USPA Member Santino Magrini will be returning to the competition joining veteran Kris Kampsen for Los Machitos, Aryton Burnett and Juan Cruz Merlos will be returning for Infinit Polo, while Beverly Polo will be entering the mix following three 18-goal appearances (Iglehart Cup, Joe Barry Memorial, Ylvisaker Cup) at International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida.

Photo: 2021 Butler Handicap® Champions: Old Hickory Bourbon- Stephen Orthwein Jr., Santino Magrini, Matias Magrini, Kristos 'Keko' Magrini. Pictured with Laura Linfoot Townsend. ©David Lominska.

BUTLER HANDICAP®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Everyone plays everyone. The top two teams based on win/loss record will advance to the final. In the event of a two-way tie, who beat who will be used if the teams all played each other. All other ties will be broken with a one-man shootout tie breaker.

BUTLER HANDICAP®

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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Beverly Polo (3-1)

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Bill Ballhaus
Outdoor: 0
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Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 6
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Jorge "Tolito" Fernandez Ocampo Jr.
Outdoor: 7
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Hilario Figueras
Outdoor: 5

Old Hickory Bourbon (2-2)

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Jacob Klentner
Outdoor: 1
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Joaquin Panelo
Outdoor: 6
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Matias Magrini
Outdoor: 7
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Stevie Orthwein
Outdoor: 4
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Harry Caldwell
Substitute
Outdoor: 1

Los Machitos (2-1)

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Antonio Aguerre
Outdoor: 0
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Kris Kampsen
Outdoor: 6
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Mariano Aguerre
Outdoor: 7
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Santino Magrini
Outdoor: 5
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Lerin Zubiaurre
Substitute
Outdoor: 7

Infinit Polo (0-3)

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Ayrton Burnett
Outdoor: 2
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Nicolas Saenz
Outdoor: 5
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Bautista Arrustua
Outdoor: 6
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Juan Cruz Merlos
Outdoor: 5

BUTLER HANDICAP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Saturday, Feb 5, 2022

February 05

Final

Butler Handicap®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Infinit Polo logo

Infinit Polo (0-3)

8

Los Machitos logo

Los Machitos (2-1)

12

Wednesday, Feb 9, 2022

February 09

Final

Butler Handicap®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Los Machitos logo

Los Machitos (2-1)

10

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (3-1)

5

Friday, Feb 11, 2022

February 11

Final OT

Butler Handicap®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (2-2)

10

Los Machitos logo

Los Machitos (2-1)

9

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022

February 13

Final OT

Butler Handicap®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Infinit Polo logo

Infinit Polo (0-3)

7

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (3-1)

8

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2022

February 16

Final

Butler Handicap®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (2-2)

12

Infinit Polo logo

Infinit Polo (0-3)

8

Monday, Feb 21, 2022

February 21

Final

Butler Handicap®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (2-2)

10

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (3-1)

11

Saturday, Feb 26, 2022

February 26

Final

Butler Handicap®

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (2-2)

7

Beverly Polo logo

Beverly Polo (3-1)

10

BUTLER HANDICAP®

THE VENUE

Situated in South Florida, surrounded by vast sugar cane fields and the popular fishing body of Lake Okeechobee, Port Mayaca Polo Club (PMPC) has steadily become a destination for winter polo. Located on more than 600 sprawling acres, the club has eight regulation fields, club barns with 220 stalls, an exercise track, a stick-and-ball field, a clubhouse and several acres of pastures for turnout and trail riding.

While consistent, quality polo is at the forefront of the club’s objectives, a tight-knit sense of community supports it. The club hosts a lunch or cookout after every club practice. A beautiful pavilion style clubhouse provides an enjoyable gathering place for players to congregate and discuss their latest game.


12499 SW Conners Hwy
Okeechobee, FL 34974
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