Saturday: Polo Club holds women's tournament


The Menlo Polo Club will hold a women's polo tournament on Saturday, May 29, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. This is the club's first U.S. Polo Association-sanctioned women's tournament, said Christine Vermes, co-chair of the local tournament.

Eight teams, made up of local and out-of-town amateur and professional women players, will compete for trophies.

The tournament, known as the ExpertQuote Ladies Cup, is an entry-level qualifier tournament for the Women's Championship Tournament, Ms. Vermes said. ExpertQuote, a benefits consulting firm, is the title sponsor.

Admission is free to the public, with limited bleacher seating on the west side of the field. Spectators are encouraged to bring comfortable chairs.

Opening ceremonies start at 10:30 a.m. Matches, which last about 90 minutes, will start at 10:40 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Founded in 1923, the Menlo Polo Club is a member of the U.S. Polo Association and plays in the USPA Pacific Coast Circuit, home to 34 clubs and some 525 registered polo players, Ms. Vermes said.

"Women in polo represent the largest growing sector in the sport, now accounting for 30 percent of the USPA's registered members," said Lyn Jason Cobb, president of the Menlo Polo Club. "As our own club membership reflects this trend, it makes sense for us to finally have a USPA sanctioned tournament that is also a WCT entry level qualifier for our up and coming women players."

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