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BCI / Sullivan Group

Memorial Chiropractic Roxstars

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Bestway Welding Supply

Bearsden

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NATIONAL ARENA AMATEUR CUP

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U.S. Open Women's Handicap

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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 of the world’s top women’s players have captured this illustrious title, including Vickie Armour, Alina Carta, Cindy Halle, Carolyn Stimmel, Lesley-Ann Masterton 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™. Unfortunately, last year's competition was marked by significant rainfall which forced the U.S. Open Women’s Handicap to be moved to the arena, forfeiting national tournament status. This year eight teams will compete for the win November 13-16, including Bearsden, W-S, BCI/Sullivan Group, Memorial Chiropractic Roxstars, Bestway Welding Supply, Woody's Furs, Herk's Store & Grill and Villa Ecleto.

Photo: 2017 U.S. Open Women's Handicap Champions: Texas Monthly - Bridget Price, Grace Mudra, Lia Salvo, Carolyn Stimmel, pictured with Dress for Success Board Member Clare Sullivan, USPA CEO Bob Puetz, Niki Brandon of Ker & Downey, USPA Governor at Large and Houston Polo Club Delegate Steven Armour, and Dress for Success representative Christina Forgetta. ©Kaylee Wroe Photography

U.S. Open Women's Handicap

Teams and Rosters

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

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Bearsden (1-0)

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Carol Farnsworth
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Tiamo Hudspeth
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Audry Persano
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Grace Parker
Women's Outdoor: 1

W-S (0-1)

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Emma Tooth
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Hannah Mitchell
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Jenny Vargas
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Carin Middleton
Women's Outdoor: 4

BCI / Sullivan Group (1-0)

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Joanie Jackson
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Cara Kennedy
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Marissa Wells
Women's Outdoor: 5
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Athena Malin
Women's Outdoor: 3

Memorial Chiropractic Roxstars (1-0)

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Kendall Plank
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Roxy Riggs-Mounter
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Dayelle Fargey
Women's Outdoor: 6
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Karrie Yager
Women's Outdoor: 0

Bestway Welding Supply (1-0)

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Nicole Speed
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Sarah Prinsloo
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Sheila Lequerica
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Lottie Lamacraft
Women's Outdoor: 5

Woody's Furs (0-1)

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Kelly Coldiron
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Amanda Burns
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Megan Flynn
Women's Outdoor: 3
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Roxy Keyfauver
Women's Outdoor: 4

Herks Store & Grill (0-1)

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Amanda Massey
Women's Outdoor: 1
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Wendy Stover
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Cory Williams
Women's Outdoor: 4
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Keala Panzarini
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Stephanie Massey Colburn
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Women's Outdoor: 2

Villa Ecleto (0-1)

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Morgan Tennant
Women's Outdoor: 0
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Jessica Mignone
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Rebecca Clark
Women's Outdoor: 2
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Isabelle (Izzy) Parsons
Women's Outdoor: 7

U.S. Open Women's Handicap

Tournament Games

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019

November 13

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

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BCI / Sullivan Group (1-0)

6

Villa Ecleto logo

Villa Ecleto (0-1)

2.5

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Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Memorial Chiropractic Roxstars logo

Memorial Chiropractic Roxstars (1-0)

4

W-S logo

W-S (0-1)

3

November 13

Final

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

Herks Store & Grill logo

Herks Store & Grill (0-1)

1

Bearsden logo

Bearsden (1-0)

7

November 13

Final

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Woody's Furs (0-1)

5

Bestway Welding Supply logo

Bestway Welding Supply (1-0)

7

Saturday, Nov 16, 2019

November 16

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2019-11-16 05:00:00 2019-11-16 07:00:00 America/New_York U.S. Open Women's Handicap Semifinal - BCI/Sullivan Group vs Memorial Chiropractic Roxstars US Polo Association

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

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BCI / Sullivan Group (1-0)

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Memorial Chiropractic Roxstars (1-0)

November 16

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2019-11-16 05:00:00 2019-11-16 07:00:00 America/New_York U.S. Open Women's Handicap Semifinal - Bestway Welding Supply vs Bearsden US Polo Association

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP

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Bestway Welding Supply (1-0)

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Bearsden (1-0)

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019

November 17

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2019-11-17 11:00:00 2019-11-17 13:00:00 America/New_York U.S. Open Women's Handicap Final US Polo Association

U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S HANDICAP - Field: HPC - Farish

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Houston Polo Club

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 and 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.

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 3-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 tournaments including the USPA Keleen and Carlton Beal Cup, USPA Regional President’s Cup, the USPA H. Ben Taub Memorial and a week of women’s tournaments that culminates with the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship® - the highest level of women’s polo played in the world.

Houston Polo Club
8552 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77024
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