November 15 - 18, 2022

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP®

Matches on Thursday, November 17 as well as the U.S. Open Women's Handicap Final 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 at Houston Polo Club (Houston, Texas) with the reemergence of the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship.

In 2021, Ketel One Botanical (Tiamo Hudspeth, Stephanie Massey Colburn, Carter Nix, Athena Malin, sub. Chloe Torres, sub. Joanie Jackson) overcame eleven competitive teams in round-robin play, a semifinal injury and last-minute strategy and roster adjustments to defeat T Squared Energy (Emma Tooth, Grace Parker, Carin Middleton, Kaile Roos) 5-.5 at Brookshire Polo Club (Brookshire, Texas). Read article here.

This year's U.S. Open Women’s Handicap will feature a field of four teams competing for the title, including numerous returning competitors to the national stage. Defending champion Joanie Jackson will join E3 Electric/The Plank Companies, while Team USPA alumnae Tiamo Hudspeth unites with Audry Persano for Lockton/San Ysidro. Active Team USPA Member Sophie Grant will compete for BCI/Alliant, with KC Krueger and Grace Mudra (QR Jets) each seeking their second championship title.

Houston Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Tournament Support Program (TSP) for the U.S. Open Women's Handicap, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs with waived tournament fees, trophies or trophy reimbursements up to $1,200, one professional umpire and $2,500 in prize money at no extra cost.

The USPA originally created the Tournament Stimulus Package (TSP) to help member clubs host USPA events when the United States was emerging from the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis. The USPA wanted to continue to support member clubs with TSP benefits in 2022. Therefore, it extended and expanded TSP under a new name - the Tournament Support Program. Each USPA Member Club can obtain TSP benefits for two USPA events, with the option of a third under specific circumstances.

Photo: 2021 U.S. Open Women’s Handicap Champions: Ketel One Botanical - Joanie Jackson, Carter Nix, Tiamo Hudspeth, Stephanie Colburn. ©David Murrell

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Teams will draw their first opponent. Teams with 1-0 record will face teams with an 0-1 record in the second round. Teams with the best records after the second round will advance to the final. In the case of tied records, a shootout will determine the finalists.

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S 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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QR Jets (2-1)

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Grace Mudra
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Lily Lequerica
Women's Outdoor: 4
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KC Krueger
Women's Outdoor: 6
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Sarah Wiseman
Women's Outdoor: 7

BCI/Alliant (2-1)

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Cara Kennedy
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Sophie Grant
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Maddie Grant
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Anna Winslow-Palacios
Women's Outdoor: 5

Lockton/San Ysidro (1-1)

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Hannah Reynolds
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Audry Persano
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Lottie Lamacraft
Women's Outdoor: 6
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Tiamo Hudspeth
Women's Outdoor: 5

E3 Electric/The Plank Companies (0-2)

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Joanie Jackson
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Kendall Plank
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Phillipa Fitz Henry
Women's Outdoor: 6
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Erica Gandomcar-Sachs
Women's Outdoor: 5

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022

November 15

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

QR Jets logo

QR Jets (2-1)

6

BCI/Alliant logo

BCI/Alliant (2-1)

8

November 15

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

E3 Electric/The Plank Companies logo

E3 Electric/The Plank Companies (0-2)

4.5

Lockton/San Ysidro logo

Lockton/San Ysidro (1-1)

7

Thursday, Nov 17, 2022

November 17

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

QR Jets logo

QR Jets (2-1)

6

Lockton/San Ysidro logo

Lockton/San Ysidro (1-1)

2

November 17

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

BCI/Alliant logo

BCI/Alliant (2-1)

7.5

E3 Electric/The Plank Companies logo

E3 Electric/The Plank Companies (0-2)

3

Friday, Nov 18, 2022

November 18

Final

U.S. Open Women's Handicap®

Houston Polo Club

QR Jets logo

QR Jets (2-1)

7

BCI/Alliant logo

BCI/Alliant (2-1)

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 U.S. Open Women’s Handicap.


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