SOURCE: United States Polo Association

2015 USPA East Coast Open

September 01, 2015 18:49 ET

The United States Polo Association® and Greenwich Polo Club Announce Second Week Results and Semifinal Pairings for 2015 East Coast Open

Audi, Kig, Airstream, White Birch and McLaren All Are Winners in Second Week Action, With Airstream, Audi, Kig and White Birch Advancing to the Tournament Semifinals; Actor Luke Wilson Presented Trophies to Polo Players at Sunday's Public Match

GREENWICH, CT--(Marketwired - September 01, 2015) - The United States Polo Association® (USPA) and Greenwich Polo Club, in partnership with Audi, Town & Country, and Lancôme, announced today that Audi, KIG, Airstream, White Birch and McLaren were victorious in USPA East Coast Open this past week at Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, CT, and that the tournament semifinalists are Airstream, Audi, KIG and White Birch.

The USPA East Coast Open's second week of play began on Wednesday with Audi facing Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines got off to a slow start scoring only twice in the first half adding to the three they were awarded on handicap -- both on penalty shots by Tomas Garcia de Rio. In the back half of the game 4 goals for Turkish Airlines were scored from the field - two for Jaoquin Panelo, one for Stevie Orthwein and the final goal of the day by Joe Meyer. It was a tightly knit defensive battle fought hard by both teams. In the end Audi won on penalty shots, with the final score of 14-9. Miguel Novillo Astrada of Audi was the high scorer of the game scoring 6, all on penalty shots. Marc Ganzi also of Audi followed with 4 goals from the field with Nic Roldan scoring 3 and Juancito Bollini with 1, also from the field.

On Thursday, KIG and McLaren met in a high-scoring match, with KIG prevailing 16-12. The game was evenly matched and a very fast and open game marked by fantastic team play. The McLaren team dominated in the first two chukkers with Joao Paulo Ganon scoring two from the field and Tommy Biddle scored 3 on penalty. From that point the KIG team established the upper hand led by Pelon Escapite with 9 goals -- 6 of them from the field. Escapite was also the high scorer of the game followed by Tommy Biddle for McLaren with 8 goals.

Weekend action began Saturday with Airstream's defeat of KIG 13-11. The first and second chukkers were extremely close, with KIG on top after the first 3-2, and Airstream gaining the lead at the end of the second 5-4. Airstream extended their lead in the third chukker to 8-4 at the half and extended it to 9-4 before KIG came storming back to narrow the lead to 10-9 in the fifth chukker on goals from Bash Kazi, Mariano Obregon, and Pelon Escapite. A goal by Airstream's Michel Dorignac ended the fifth chukker 11-9 with his fifth goal of the match and the two teams traded goals in the sixth, leading to a 13-11 victory for Airstream, enabling their advancement to the semifinals. Despite KIG's loss, they qualified for the semifinals as a result of McLaren's defeat of Turkish Airlines on Sunday.

In Sunday's first match, White Birch remained undefeated for the tournament with a 13-9 victory over the previously undefeated Audi team. White Birch jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first chukker and extended it to 5-1 after the second paced by four goals by Hilario Ulloa. Audi rebounded in the third chukker with goals by Miguel Astrada and Marc Ganzi, closing the gap at one point to two goals, but White Birch would not give up and scored two more goals for a score of at7-3 at the half. Audi started the second half with 5 straight goals to take the lead at the end of the fourth chukker 8-7. White Birch regained a narrow 1 goal lead by the end of the fifth chukker and extended it into the sixth chukker to win by 4 goals, and secure the top seed in this week's semi-finals. With this match as its only loss in the tournament, Audi also qualified for the semifinals.

In Sunday's second match which was open to the public, McLaren came from behind to defeat Turkish Airlines 12-11 before a large crowd at Greenwich Polo Club. Turkish Airlines were awarded two goals on handicap and then added 2 more goals quickly to put them at an early 4-0 lead, which McLaren narrowed to 4-2 by the end of the first chukker. Turkish Airlines then dominated the scoring over the rest of the first half which ended 8-3 in their favor, paced by 3 goals by Tomas Garcia Del Rio. 2 goals early in the fourth chukker by McLaren's Tommy Biddle narrowed the margin to three goals, but Turkish Airlines countered and led 10-6 at the end of the fourth. McLaren cut the lead to 11-9 by the end of the fifth chukker and carried their momentum into the sixth, where they outscored their opponents 3-0 to secure the come from behind victory 12-11. Turkish Airline's Joaquin Panelo earned MVP honors with Machitos Clo Clo, ridden by McLaren's Nick Manifold, being named Best Playing Pony.

The McLaren win enabled KIG to advance to the semifinals where they will face top seed White Birch. The other semifinal will pit Audi against Airstream. Both games will be played on Wednesday.

During the 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. Actor Luke Wilson presented trophies during the awards ceremony at the end of the McLaren vs. Turkish Airlines match. Also on Sunday, Town & Country magazine hosted the VIP hospitality tent, 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.

The 20-goal tournament (played on a handicap level) will continue with semifinal matches on Wednesday September 2 and conclude with the championship final on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 3PM. The USPA will live-stream the semi-final matches on ChukkerTV.com, and 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. The Perry Cup has been restored and will make its debut this summer at Greenwich Polo Club for the East Coast Open.

Tickets for the finals of the East Coast Open on Sunday, September 6 are available for purchase at www.greenwichpoloclub/ECO. In addition to general admission tickets, guests can opt for a private cabana or box seating. Gates open at 1PM and East Coast Open matches start at 3PM. The field address is 1 Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich, CT 06831.

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.

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