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Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Competition season is in full swing for the Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Polo Teams. The Brown University Women were the first of the Newport teams to enter the arena in the Northeast Intercollegiate prelims. A strong start saw the Bears win over newcomer Guleph University during the opening round. Round two pitted Brown against UMass, one of the top contenders in the region. The Bear's tenacity won the team 8 goals, but not quite enough to make it to the tournament's final round.
The Newport Interscholastic Girls Team won a buy to skip the prelims and go straight to the Northeast regionals, hosted by Yale University. The young team fared well in the run-up to the tournament but were overcome by the #3 ranked Cornell team in the opening rounds.
Next up will be the Newport Interscholastic Open Team, competing in the Northeast regionals on February 23 & 24 at Gardnertown in New York. Newport is currently ranked in the middle of the pack and will have a tall order to overcome the top-ranked contenders.
About Newport Polo: Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America’s first polo club est. 1876, and founding member of the United States Polo Association, offering club member services for outdoor (grass) & arena polo, and polo instruction. The founding members, who hailed mostly from Westchester County, NY, established the club's summer headquarters and polo grounds in Newport, RI where its members annually convened for summer recreation. The original club in Newport remained active until 1929 and is credited for organizing the first international polo competition, the Westchester Cup. The Westchester Polo Club was revived in 1992 by President and delegate, Dan Keating. Popularly known today as Newport Polo, the Club supports a vibrant polo training program continually introducing newcomers to the sport. It is home to the Brown University Polo Team and the 2017 National Champion Roger Williams University polo teams, and the Newport Interscholastic Girls and Open teams. Newport Polo also hosts the Newport International Polo Series, a popular 18-week summer public exhibition series.