HONOLULU POLO CLUB,USPA WOMEN’S CHALLENGE

Honolulu Polo Club celebrated it’s sweet sixteen Wahine Polo Cup Tournament with round robin play between Honolulu Polo, Mokuleia/Sky Dive Hawaii and Maui Polo wahine. In what has become a much anticipate event sponsored and hosted by the Honolulu Polo Club player Alice Broughton, this year’s sweet sixteen tournament benefited the Susan G. Komen, Hawaii breast cancer fund.

POLO SEASON
May 22 – October 30

The Honolulu Polo Club sits on 27 acres in Waimanalo with the beautiful Ko‘olau’s in the background. The matches are played on a field equivalent to the size of nine football fieldsOrganized in 1986 and originally known as the Waimanalo Polo Club, the first match was played in March 1987. Matches were played on Saturday’s. In 1990, the club changed the name to the Honolulu Polo Club and moved to Sunday matches. Allen Hoe, current President, and the late Bob MacGregor are both founding members and the club’s only two Presidents. http://honolulupolo.com/

Wahine from Hawaii, New Zealand  and California played in this year’s exciting match. The weather gods blessed us with a heavy deluge early in the day but the rain didn’t deter the wahine.

These exceptional women played their hearts out, their ponies rose to the challenge and the enthusiastic spectators were thrilled.

At half time the spectators were invited on the field to “stomp divots” which the old timers commented, that it was the first time in the club’s 30 year history that a divot stomp was needed.

The match was played under the round robin format with two 7 goal and one 4 goal teams, (USPA women’s handicap) entered. Play between teams was very competitive with Honolulu winning both its matches with a total score of 7 goals, followed by Maui Polo at 1 & 1 with a 6 goal score and Mokuleia/Sky Dihawaii-polo-clup-in-hawaiive Hawaii 0 & 2 with combined score of 3 goals.

The MVP Award “a polo saddle” went to Honolulu and New Zealand player, Missy Browne. The BPP Award went to “Beatrice” owned by Mokuleia player Elizabeth Vary and played by Kirsten Ludwig.

Even though we were blessed with rain throughout the match everyone was a winner with players receiving George Wood polo mallets, custom lead ropes and halter and several assorted gifts and certificates. Of cause the day’s festivities ended with the traditional Hawaiian Luau with lots of food, beverages  and musical entertainment.

As we say in Hawaii – Aloha ahui hou, (till next year) all the players anxiously look forward to the 17th annual Wahine Polo Cup, to take a shot at the annual MVP polo saddle prize.

Our special thanks for the article  to Allen Hoe ( President, Honolulu Polo Club)

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 Photographer  Sean Mc Keever

Winners Circle: Mokuleia/Sky Dive Hawaii, Kirsten Ludwig, Leilani Alquiza, Elizabeth Vary & Ellen Morgenstern; Maui Polo: Jess Cole, Noelani Picollo, Danielle Travis & Siri Masterson; Honolulu Polo: Missy Browne, Sarah Agnew-Miller, Allyssa Barlow & Alana Benz