SOURCE: United States Polo Association

USPA and Greenwich Polo Club East Coast Open

September 08, 2015 17:07 ET

The United States Polo Association® and Greenwich Polo Club Announce Audi as the 2015 USPA East Coast Open Champion

Audi Claims the Historic Perry Cup Trophy With 14-13 Overtime Victory Over White Birch in the Championship Match; Supermodel Stephanie Seymour Brant Presented Trophies to Polo Players at Sunday's Match

GREENWICH, CT--(Marketwired - September 08, 2015) - The United States Polo Association® (USPA) and Greenwich Polo Club, in partnership with Audi, Town & Country, Lancôme and U.S. Polo Assn. (the official licensed brand of the USPA) announced today that Team Audi defeated Team White Birch 14-13 to win the USPA East Coast Open championship at Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, CT.

For the final of the 2015 East Coast Open, Audi (Marc Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Nic Roldan and Miguel Novillo Astrada) looked to make up for a 13-9 loss to White Birch (Santino Magrini, Hilario Ulloa, Mariano Aguerre and Peter Brant) earlier in the tournament, but White Birch opened the scoring with a goal by team captain Peter Brant. Miguel Novillo Astrada scored twice toward the end of the chukker giving Audi a 2-1 advantage.

Hilario Ulloa tied the game up in the opening minute of the second chukker, 2-2, on a penalty conversion. Astrada, from Team Audi, responded with a penalty goal of his own, regaining the lead, 3-2. Ulloa leveled the score once again, 3-3, and gave White Birch a 4-3 lead with his third goal of the game. Ulloa made it 5-3 with a 40-yard penalty goal before Astrada got Audi back on the scoreboard with a goal to make the score 5-4. Ulloa's fourth goal of the chukker came in the final 22 seconds of play and left Audi trailing by two, 6-4.

Marc Ganzi (Audi) scored on a pass from the throw in as the third chukker got underway and cut the White Birch lead back to a single goal, 6-5. Less than two minutes into the chukker, Ulloa scored again expanding their lead to 7-5. Astrada took advantage of a White Birch foul and scored on a penalty shot for the final goal of the first half, with the score at 7-6 in favor of White Birch.

Nic Roldan (Audi) tied the game less than two minutes into the fourth chukker, converting a backhand pass from Astrada to make it 7-7. Aguerre countered with a goal from the ensuing throw-in as White Birch assumed the lead again, 8-7. Ulloa made it 9-7 on a 60-yard penalty conversion. A dangerous riding call on Audi moved the ball to the 30-yard line where Ulloa converted the penalty shot as White Birch stretched the lead to three goals, 10-7. Audi pressed the attack from the following throw-in and were fouled by White Birch as they approached the goal. The foul sent Astrada to the 30-yard line where he converted the penalty shot for an Audi goal to end the chukker trailing White Birch, 10-8.

Audi took the reins in the fifth chukker. Roldan drove a neck shot through the White Birch goalposts in the opening minute of play bringing the score to 10-9. White Birch fouls were costly as Astrada capitalized in back to back 30-yard penalty shots that tied the game at 10-10 and then gave Audi the lead, 11-10. Ulloa scored on a penalty shot of his own with just 8 seconds on the clock that put White Birch back in the lead, 12-11.

Astrada continued to amaze the spectators scoring his ninth goal of the game in the opening minutes of the sixth chukker, 12-12. Fourteen-year-old Santino Magrini scored his first goal of the match for a 13-12 White Birch advantage with time running down. An Audi foul sent Ulloa to the penalty line where he lined up for a 60-yard attempt. The shot was blocked by Astrada and knocked wide of the goal for a Safety. The re-shoot by Ulloa went wide and Audi knocked in. A drive down the field put the pressure on the White Birch defense, and a well-placed backhander by Astrada had Ganzi streaking for the goal. A White Birch cross gave Audi a penalty shot that Astrada converted to tie it up, 13-13, and force the game into a sudden-death overtime.

After a brief intermission both teams returned to the field with fresh mounts. White Birch was on the attack when Audi reversed the field on them. Ganzi took the ball and sent it down the field, passing it ahead to Roldan who carried it to the White Birch to score the winning goal in the first minute of overtime, 14-13.

Astrada scored ten goals for the Audi win and earned MVP honors for his efforts. Roldan added three goals and Ganzi scored once. Ulloa scored ten goals for White Birch. Brant, Aguerre and Magrini each added single goals.

Mariano Aguerre's Machitos Avispa was named best playing pony.

During the match opening ceremony, Audi presented the ball toss from the 2015 RS 5, a stunning coupe offering track-inspired performance and industry-leading style. After the game, the RS-5 guided the teams to the stage where the award presentation was introduced. Supermodel Stephanie Seymour Brant presented the trophy to individual winners, USPA President Joseph Meyer presented the trophy to individual runner-ups, USPA Chairman Chuck Weaver presented the Perry Cup to Audi. USPA CEO Duncan Huyler presented the award for best playing pony and Melinda Brewers presented an original painting to also recognize the Best Playing Pony. Town & Country magazine hosted the VIP hospitality tent at the championship match, under which guests enjoyed an unprecedented day of polo watching while mixing and mingling with some of the world's top luxury brands including Lancôme and Audi.

NBC Sports Network will air a 60-minute national broadcast of the East Coast Open final on Sept. 13 at 8:00PM EDT.

The East Coast Open was founded in Rhode Island in 1905 and was played until World War I. It had a renaissance starting in 1978 when Donald Little, then President of the USPA and Captain of the Myopia Polo Club, resurrected the tournament and brought it to Myopia Polo Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts where it was played until the early 2000's.

Since 1905, the Perry Cup trophy has symbolized this high-goal championship and winners' names are forever memorialized on the trophy.

About The United States Polo Association®
Founded in 1890, the United States Polo Association (USPA) is the national governing body for the sport of polo in North America and is the second oldest sport governing body in the United States preceded only by the United States Tennis Association. With nearly 300 member clubs and 40 national tournaments, the USPA governs polo handicaps, tournament rules and safety regulations, to ensure the welfare and well being of both horse and player. Funded by sales from the officially licensed consumer brand, U.S. Polo Assn., the USPA purposefully re-invests revenue by underwriting numerous development programs to expand and sustain the sport of polo. For more information please visit www.uspolo.org.

About Greenwich Polo Club
Established in 1981 by Peter Brant, the Greenwich Polo Club is the venue for high-goal polo during the summer season in the U.S. Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Greenwich, CT and internationally recognized for its rosters of legendary teams and players, Greenwich Polo Club hosts public USPA high-goal polo matches on Sundays throughout the summer. For more information, images, player information and team stats about Greenwich Polo Club, please visit www.greenwichpoloclub.com, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook and Instagram. #GreenwichPolo is the official hashtag for the season.

About Town & Country
Town & Country (www.townandcountrymag.com) has chronicled American life since 1846, always putting an emphasis on people of style and accomplishment who give something back to the world, whether in service, philanthropy or creative endeavor. Combining the highest level of reporting with the very best photography, Town & Country is an acute observer of the broader social landscape, documenting notable weddings and parties, chronicling the pastimes and passions of leading figures and families everywhere, and casting an anthropological eye on the lives of the rich and powerful. The magazine is a trusted source of privileged information, taste and unpretentious fun -- in short, an irreplaceable guide to the very best that the world has to offer. Town & Country Weddings, established in 2003, and the newly revived Town & Country Travel, are published biannually. Town & Country is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation¹s largest diversified media and information companies.
With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation (AAM 2H 2014), reaching 78 million readers (Spring 2015 MRI gfk) and 54 million site visitors each month (comScore). Follow Town & Country on Twitter at @TandCMag.

ABOUT AUDI
Audi and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered over 1,741,000 vehicles to customers globally in 2014, and broke all-time company sales records for the 5th straight year in the U.S. Through 2019, AUDI AG plans to invest about 24 billion euros -- 70 percent of the investment will flow into the development of new models and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusa.com/newsroom for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

ABOUT U.S. POLO ASSN.
U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the U.S. since 1890. USPA Properties, Inc., a wholly owned, for-profit, tax-paying subsidiary of the USPA, manages its licensing program in over 135 countries through independent retail, department, online and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores. Primarily featuring sportswear for men, women, and children, the product offering has expanded to include accessories, luggage, watches, shoes, home furnishings and more. As the steward of the Association's marks, Properties' mission is to develop a long-term source of revenue to help underwrite numerous programs for education about and promotion of the sport of polo in the U.S.

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