November 11 - 14

U.S. Open Women's Handicap

The U.S. Open Women's Handicap Semifinals and Final will be livestreamed on Global Polo TV.

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Please Note: The opening day of the U.S. Open Women's Handicap will not be livestreamed.

U.S. Open Women's Handicap

Tournament History

The U.S. Open Women’s Handicap was established in 1979 to showcase women’s polo following the inclusion of women into the United States Polo Association in 1972. The inaugural tournament was held at Carmel Valley Polo Club in Carmel, California. An excerpt from the 1980 USPA Bluebook describes the results, “the Women’s U.S. Handicap, sponsored by the USPA, was won by Carmel Valley. Representatives from five states played on four teams entered. Sunset [Sunny] Hale (age 10), Susie Welker, Sue Sally Hale and Stormie Hale were the champions beating Modesto, Jan Walker, Oatsie Von Gontard, Susan Walton and Bonni Middleton 4-1. Top scoring, Sue Sally Hale—nine for both days.”

A staple in the USPA calendar, the U.S. Open Women’s Handicap was played for 15 consecutive years, primarily at Willow Bend Polo Club in Plano, Texas. During this time American Airlines dominated the competition with a remarkable five-year winning streak (1988-1992), key players Maggie Mitchell and Kim Kelly together formed part of each winning team. The tournament then took residence at The Villages Polo Club in The Villages, Florida, throughout the late 90s and early 2000s. Many top women’s players have captured this illustrious title, including Vickie Armour, Alina Carta, Cindy Halle, Carolyn Stimmel, Lesley-Ann Masterton Fong-Yee and Oatsie von Gontard.

From 2003 to 2014 the U.S. Open Women’s Handicap fell into abeyance. It was revived in 2015 with the reemergence of the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship™. Featuring an intriguing match-up between the two undefeated teams, the 2019 U.S. Open Women's Handicap outcome came down to the final chukker, with BCI/Sullivan Group surviving a late comeback from Bearsden to capture the victory 5-3.

This year an impressive 12 teams will compete for the title, including defending champions BCI/Sullivan Group with three returning members of last years winning team, all four players 20 years of age or younger. Fellow returning teams include Villa Ecleto, Woody's Furs and Memorial Chiropractic joined this year by Rover's Romphouse. New teams for 2020 include Chandler Ranch, Forty Flowers, Quiet Creek Farm, Roseland Polo, Maximo's Polo Ponies/GK Farms, Straussfeld Realty Group, Aspen Snowmass and Swoon/Bella Natura Medical. Among this year's competition is Team USPA Member Mia Bray (Villa Ecleto) and Team USPA alumnae Tiamo Hudspeth (Forty Flowers), Audry and Carly Persano (Maximo's Polo Ponies/GK Farms) and Anna Winslow-Palacios (Aspen Snowmass).

2019 U.S. Open Women's Handicap Champions: BCI-Sullivan Group - Cara Kennedy, Joanie Jackson, Marissa Wells, Athena Malin. Presented by Anne Carl of Luxury Event Trailers and USPA Governor-at-Large Steve Armour. ©Kaylee Wroe

Tournament Format

Played in a knockout tournament format with undefended Penalty 3. The winner of each round robin is the team with the best win-loss record. In the event of a win/loss tie at the end of the Round Robin, the order of finish will be determined using the following method: (1) net goals (2) If net goals is inconclusive, then gross goals (3) Lastly, the “shoot out” procedure set forth in USPA Outdoor Rule 14.d. If a winner needs to be determined by the shootout procedure in USPA Outdoor Rule 14.d one player from each of the tied teams will shoot a Penalty 3. Should a tie remain after the first round, players will hit again, however the team which hit first will now hit second. The shootout will take place immediately following the game between the two tied teams.

U.S. Open Women's Handicap

Teams and Rosters

Bracket I

Quiet Creek Farm (2-1)

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Josie Dorsey
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Lily Lequerica
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Hannah Reynolds
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Olivia Reynolds
Women's Outdoor: 3

Swoon/Bella Natura Medical (1-1)

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Isabel Artzer
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Hannah Mitchell
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Leigh Fulkerson
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Isabelle (Izzy) Parsons
Women's Outdoor: 8

Woody's Furs (0-2)

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Eloris Snyder
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Grace Parker
Outdoor: 2
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Sarah Prinsloo
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Caroline Anier
Women's Outdoor: 5

Bracket II

Villa Ecleto (3-1)

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Morgan Tennant
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Katie George
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Alyson Poor
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Mia Bray
Women's Outdoor: 5

Roseland Polo (1-1)

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Ali King
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Paige Luplow
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Carolyn Stimmel
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Maddie Grant
Women's Outdoor: 5

BCI / Sullivan Group (0-2)

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Cara Kennedy
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Joanie Jackson
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Grace Mudra
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Athena Malin
Women's Outdoor: 4

Bracket III

Aspen Snowmass (4-0)

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Morgan McBride
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Stephanie Massey Colburn
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Anna Winslow-Palacios
Women's Outdoor: 4
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KC Krueger
Women's Outdoor: 6

Forty Flowers (1-1)

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Lara Semmelmann
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Keala Panzarini
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Tiamo Hudspeth
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Wendy Stover
Women's Outdoor: 4

Memorial Chiropractic/Rover's Romphouse (0-2)

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Karrie Yager
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Debbie Shelton
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Danika Rice Melnar
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Kendall Plank
Women's Outdoor: 4

Bracket IV

Chandler Ranch (1-2)

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Roxy Riggs-Mounter
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Megan Flynn
Outdoor: 3
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Karen Reese
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Jenny Vargas
Women's Outdoor: 4

Maximo's Polo Ponies/GK Farms (1-1)

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Jessica Keneally
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Olivia Uechtritz
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Carly Persano
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Audry Persano
Women's Outdoor: 4

Straussfeld Realty Group (1-1)

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Kelly Coldiron
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Kerstie Allen
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Lara Straussfeld
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Roxy Keyfauver
Women's Outdoor: 4

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U.S. Open Women's Handicap

Tournament Games

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Quiet Creek Farm logo

Quiet Creek Farm (2-1)

1.5

Woody's Furs logo

Woody's Furs (0-2)

1

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Woody's Furs logo

Woody's Furs (0-2)

2

Swoon/Bella Natura Medical logo

Swoon/Bella Natura Medical (1-1)

4

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Quiet Creek Farm logo

Quiet Creek Farm (2-1)

2.5

Swoon/Bella Natura Medical logo

Swoon/Bella Natura Medical (1-1)

1

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Villa Ecleto logo

Villa Ecleto (3-1)

3.5

Roseland Polo logo

Roseland Polo (1-1)

2

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Roseland Polo logo

Roseland Polo (1-1)

6

BCI / Sullivan Group logo

BCI / Sullivan Group (0-2)

0

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Villa Ecleto logo

Villa Ecleto (3-1)

2.5

BCI / Sullivan Group logo

BCI / Sullivan Group (0-2)

2

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Straussfeld Realty Group logo

Straussfeld Realty Group (1-1)

0

Maximo's Polo Ponies/GK Farms logo

Maximo's Polo Ponies/GK Farms (1-1)

3

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Maximo's Polo Ponies/GK Farms logo

Maximo's Polo Ponies/GK Farms (1-1)

1.5

Chandler Ranch logo

Chandler Ranch (1-2)

4

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Straussfeld Realty Group logo

Straussfeld Realty Group (1-1)

1.5

Chandler Ranch logo

Chandler Ranch (1-2)

1

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Aspen Snowmass logo

Aspen Snowmass (4-0)

2

Forty Flowers logo

Forty Flowers (1-1)

0.5

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Forty Flowers logo

Forty Flowers (1-1)

7

Memorial Chiropractic/Rover's Romphouse logo

Memorial Chiropractic/Rover's Romphouse (0-2)

0.5

November 11

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Aspen Snowmass logo

Aspen Snowmass (4-0)

4

Memorial Chiropractic/Rover's Romphouse logo

Memorial Chiropractic/Rover's Romphouse (0-2)

1.5

Friday, Nov 13, 2020

November 13

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Quiet Creek Farm logo

Quiet Creek Farm (2-1)

3.5

Villa Ecleto logo

Villa Ecleto (3-1)

4

November 13

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Aspen Snowmass logo

Aspen Snowmass (4-0)

4

Chandler Ranch logo

Chandler Ranch (1-2)

3

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020

November 14

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Houston Polo Club

Villa Ecleto logo

Villa Ecleto (3-1)

3.5

Aspen Snowmass logo

Aspen Snowmass (4-0)

4

U.S. Open Women's Handicap

The Venue

A mere few minutes from downtown Houston, Texas, you will find the Houston Polo Club (HPC) located on 26 manicured acres. Established in 1928, HPC is one of Texas’ oldest clubs, comprised of the Bayou Club’s original fields and stables, as well as a tack shop, stick-and-ball field, hitting cage and covered arena. In addition, HPC has three fields in Brookshire, Texas, and access to over 18 other fields through private ranches. The club has proven to be a mainstay in American polo since its inception and has hosted and produced its fair share of notable professional players over nearly a century.

HPC has been providing the Southwestern Circuit with not only world-class polo, but the opportunity to learn and progress as an individual player. Houston’s league structure is considered to be one of the best in the country, and can accommodate any skill level. The polo school is run by 2-goaler and USPA Certified Polo Instructor Mark Prinsloo. The Houston Polo School offers an eight-week instructional course in both the spring and fall seasons that strives to nurture players as they develop their skills. Upon graduation from the polo school, players join the Margarita League. The next level in the nationally recognized Step Up Program is the 2-Goal League, followed by the Club League, an intermediate level in which players hire their own polo professional. Once graduated from the Club League, players have opportunities to participate in USPA sanctioned and national tournaments, as well as many tournaments held by the club.

Polo is played almost year-round with the club offering a fall and spring season, followed by summer leagues, winter arena and interscholastic polo. During the fall, HPC hosts numerous USPA tournaments including the Keleen & Carlton Beal Cup, Texas Open, and H. Ben Taub Memorial and a week of women’s tournaments that culminates with the Women’s Texas Open and U.S. Open Women’s Handicap.


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