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USPA RESOLVES FOR US OPEN TO DROP TO 22 GOALS

2ND OCTOBER 2017 | UNITED STATES POLO ASSOCIATION

On October 2, 2017, at their annual fall meeting, the UPSA came to a resolution to bring the prestigious US Open from an existing 26 goals to 22 goals, starting 2019. Furthermore, the UPSA imposed a 17- goal limit on the two highest ranking players, implying a player with a handicap of 10 cannot team with another 10, 9, or 8 goal pro.

The ground breaking declaration was made in light of the dwindling number of players possessing high handicaps. So, to ease the struggle of finding players for high goal polo matches the handicap was dropped.

This news has evoked polarizing views amongst the patrons of the sport. While some contest that the drop in goals would dilute the integrity of the tournament, others are of the belief that this is a great means to promote a newer generation of promising players.

The meeting also discussed the possibility of relocating the US Open to other Polo clubs in Wellington, Florida. However, it was decided that the tournament will continue to be held at the International Polo Club through 2019.

There has also been a reorganization of the leadership with Tony Coppola acting as the new President and the former President, Chip Campbell taking over as the new Chairman. Also, the acting CEO, Bob Puetz, will take the top spot of the association on a permanent basis.

PICTURE CREDITS: AURORA/WELLINGTONPOLO.COM

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