November 10 - 13, 2021

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP®

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

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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®. The 2020 final came down to the dying seconds between Aspen Snowmass (Morgan McBride, Stephanie Massey Colburn, Anna Winslow-Palacios, KC Krueger) and Villa Ecleto (Morgan Tennant, Katie George, Mia Bray, Alyson Poor). Displaying an offense with quick runs to goal, Aspen Snowmass produced nine more shot attempts, including a strong final chukker to come from behind and claim the 4-3.5 victory as time expired.

This year's U.S. Open Women’s Handicap® will feature a deep field of 11 teams competing for the title, including defending champions Aspen Snowmass. KC Krueger is the only returning member of the defending champion Aspen Snowmass team, while former teammate Stephanie Colburn joins Ketel One Botanical. Showcasing teams with both experience and youth, Mid State Roofing is entirely composed of recent 2021 NYTS Championship® competitors, including Summer Kneece, 2021 NYTS Girls Championship® winner and Most Valuable Player.

Also among the competition is Team USPA alumnae Tiamo Hudspeth (Ketel One Botanical) and Audry Persano (Villa Eclecto).

Photo: 2020 U.S. Open Women's Handicap® Champions: Aspen Snowmass - Stephanie Massey Colburn, Anna Winslow Palacios, KC Krueger, Morgan McBride. ©Kaylee Wroe

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP®

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

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Ketel One Botanical (4-0)

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Athena Malin
Injured
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Stephanie Colburn
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Tiamo Hudspeth
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Carter Nix
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Chloe Torres
Substitute
Women's Outdoor: 3T
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Joanie Jackson
Substitute
Women's Outdoor: 3

T Squared Energy (2-2)

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Emma Tooth
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Grace Parker
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Carin Middleton
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Kaile Roos
Women's Outdoor: 3

Midstateroofing.com (2-1)

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Reagan Leitner
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Robyn Leitner
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Summer Kneece
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Madison Jordan
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Courtney Price
Substitute
Women's Outdoor: 4

Whitehall Ranch (1-1)

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Allie Azzaro
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Michelle Agrons
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Erica Gandomcar-Sachs
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Chloe Torres
Women's Outdoor: 3T

Quiet Creek Farm (1-1)

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Hannah Reynolds
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Olivia Reynolds
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Lily Lequerica
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Josie Dorsey
Women's Outdoor: 2

The Macallan (1-1)

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Kelly Coldiron
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Roxy Keyfauver
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Kerstie Allen
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Megan Judge
Women's Outdoor: 3

Villa Ecleto (1-1)

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Morgan Tennant
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Alyson Poor
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Audry Persano
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Katie George
Women's Outdoor: 2

Aspen Snowmass (1-1)

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Brandey Heckeroth
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Cara Kennedy
Women's Outdoor: 2
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KC Krueger
Women's Outdoor: 6
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Sheila Lequerica
Women's Outdoor: 4

QR Jets (0-1)

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Stefanie Lueders
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Isabel Artzer
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Grace Mudra
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Sarah Wiseman
Women's Outdoor: 8

Woody's Furs (0-2)

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Catherine Keen
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Karson Bizzell
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Tiffany Orthwein
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Izzy Parsons
Women's Outdoor: 8

Chandler Ranch (0-2)

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Roxy Mounter
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Karen Reese
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Megan Flynn
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Jenny Vargas
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Tess Pimsner
Substitute
Women's Outdoor: 3T

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

The Macallan logo

The Macallan (1-1)

2

T Squared Energy logo

T Squared Energy (2-2)

1

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

The Macallan logo

The Macallan (1-1)

2.5

Villa Ecleto logo

Villa Ecleto (1-1)

4

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

T Squared Energy logo

T Squared Energy (2-2)

3.5

Villa Ecleto logo

Villa Ecleto (1-1)

2

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

Aspen Snowmass logo

Aspen Snowmass (1-1)

2

Ketel One Botanical logo

Ketel One Botanical (4-0)

4

November 10

Final OT

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

Aspen Snowmass logo

Aspen Snowmass (1-1)

3

Woody's Furs logo

Woody's Furs (0-2)

2

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

Ketel One Botanical logo

Ketel One Botanical (4-0)

4

Woody's Furs logo

Woody's Furs (0-2)

2

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

Midstateroofing.com logo

Midstateroofing.com (2-1)

4

Quiet Creek Farm logo

Quiet Creek Farm (1-1)

2

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

QR Jets logo

QR Jets (0-1)

4

Whitehall Ranch logo

Whitehall Ranch (1-1)

7

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

Midstateroofing.com logo

Midstateroofing.com (2-1)

3

Chandler Ranch logo

Chandler Ranch (0-2)

1

November 10

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

Chandler Ranch logo

Chandler Ranch (0-2)

0

Quiet Creek Farm logo

Quiet Creek Farm (1-1)

4

Friday, Nov 12, 2021

November 12

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

T Squared Energy logo

T Squared Energy (2-2)

4

Whitehall Ranch logo

Whitehall Ranch (1-1)

2

November 12

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

Ketel One Botanical logo

Ketel One Botanical (4-0)

7

Midstateroofing.com logo

Midstateroofing.com (2-1)

6

Saturday, Nov 13, 2021

November 13

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

T Squared Energy logo

T Squared Energy (2-2)

0.5

Ketel One Botanical logo

Ketel One Botanical (4-0)

5

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 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 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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