40th Anniversary

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP®

ALUMNI MATCH

AT OAK BROOK POLO CLUB 

40TH ANNIVERSARY

U.S. OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP® ALUMNI MATCH

AT OAK BROOK POLO CLUB

SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018

The United States Polo Association together with the Oak Brook Polo Cub in Oak Brook, Illinois, is pleased to announce the 40thAnniversary U.S. Open Polo Championship® Alumni Match to be held during the USPA Board of Governors and Annual Member Meetings September 19-22.  

 

The hosting of the 2018 USPA Board of Governors and Annual Member Meetings corresponds with Oak Brook Polo Club’s 40thAnniversary since the last U.S. Open Polo Championship®was held in in 1978 between teams Abercrombie & Kent and Tulsa. The Oak Brook Polo Club was home to U.S. Open Polo Championship® for over two decades from 1954 to 1978, making it the home of elite professional polo in the United States. In those 22 years, the Oak Brook Polo Club won six U.S. Opens (1960, ’64, ’65, ’67, ’71 and ’73). 

In honor of this history, the Oak Brook Polo Club in coordination with the USPA, will host a U.S. Open Polo Championship®Alumni Match on Sunday, September 23, at 3:00pm ET on Oak Brook Polo’s Prince of Wales Field located at 2606 York Road in Oak Brook, Illinois, to close out the 2018 season. Adding to the history of the event, teams will be wearing throwback jerseys from the memorable final in 1978.

Mike Azzaro (Hcap-6) - Won in 1986, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2012 and 2013

U.S. Open Polo Championship® Alumni Match 15-goal Rosters

 

  1. Tom Gose (1) – Won in 1984, 1986

  2. Martin Estrada (4) - Won in 1997

  3. Mike Azzaro (6) - Won in 1986, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2012, 2013

  4. Stevie Orthwein (4)

 

  1. Joel Baker (1) - Won in 1981

  2. Martin Ravina (5) – Won in 2005

  3. Mariano Obregon (6) – Won in 2018

  4. Joe Muldoon (2)

Daily Racing Form - 2018 U.S. Open Polo Championship® Winners - LtoR: Jared Zenni, Hilario Ulloa, Jim Zenni, Mariano Obregon (Hcap-6) and Agustin Obregon

The USPA Board of Governors and Annual Member Meetings will be held at the Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Corporate Campus in Oak Brook, Illinois. The USPA Fall Meetings are one of two annual meetings held each year. The USPA Spring Meetings are held in Wellington, Florida, prior to the U.S. Open Polo ChampionshipÓevery April, while the USPA Fall Meetings are held in different polo communities throughout the United States. Considered to be the most prestigious polo tournament in the United States, the U.S. Open is the apex of the 22-goal tournaments now held during the Florida high-goal winter polo season that attracts fans and polo enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world. The 2019 tournament is projected to feature 16-20 teams and will award $250,000 in prize money to the champion. 

 

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About the United States Polo Association®  

The U.S. Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. Founded in 1890, the United States Polo Association (USPA) is the national governing body for the sport of polo. USPA is currently comprised of almost 300 member clubs with thousands of individual members, and oversees 40 national tournaments. For more information, please visit uspolo.org. 

 

About Oak Brook Polo Club

Founded in 1922 by legendary businessman, Paul Butler, the Oak Brook Polo Club is an American Polo treasure and one of the oldest polo clubs in the United States. It was once the sport's epicenter for elite professional polo in the United States and served as home to the U.S. Open Polo Championship for twenty-four straight seasons and other prestigious international and national polo tournaments. For decades, the Club has been a popular Sunday tradition and social scene known for entertaining Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and Chicago's distinguished. Today, Oak Brook Polo Club hosts matches throughout the summer season and continues to attract thousands of fascinated spectators who marvel at the athleticism and majesty of this timeless sport.

 

USPA CONTACT:            Matt Baran                                           

                                             United States Polo Association®

                                             561-373-4954
                                             mbaran@uspolo.org

 

OAK BROOK POLO CLUB CONTACT: 

                                             Daniel O’Leary                                      

                                             Oak Brook Polo Club

                                             312-448-4693
                                             doleary@oakbrookpoloclub.com

OAK BROOK POL CLUB PRESS CONTACT:

Daphne Ortiz

Oak Brook Polo Club

312.488.3472

media@oakbrookpoloclub.com

Mariano Gutierrez (L) and Niall Donnelly (R) (