The USPA Congressional Cup 4 goal has attracted six teams to compete in two brackets. Action starts this Sunday at 11 am when Farmer Road plays Simpatico at Powderhouse Field. Farmer Road (Dan McCarthy, Bob Donahey, Craig Fraser and Geoff Cameron) looks to be a tough team with a lot of horsepower. Simpatico (Paul Shealy, Pedro Lara, Marty Miller and TBA) will have to work hard to disrupt the coordination of the Farmer Road players, who have been teammates for many years.
This game will be followed by our featured 3PM match on Whitney Field between Mullins Land and The Aiken Horse. Mullins Land will feature the hot combination of the professionals Omar Cepeda and Matt Sekera, who have played with and against each other for years here in Aiken and at their home field in nearby Blackville, SC. Both are seasoned veterans of Aiken Polo Sundays, and both are familiar figures at trophy presentations each season. They are joined by Frank Mullins, and Charlie Caldwell, an exciting young player coming to USC Aiken this fall from his native Tennessee.
Playing against them will be The Aiken Horse with Pam Gleason (a member of the Aiken Polo Club Board of directors) Rick Lontin, Antonio Campos and Alejandro Alvarez. Alvarez has been impressing everyone this year with his superb ball handling skills and energetic style of play — these brought him to the trophy table in the USPA Sportsmanship Cup last weekend as well as in the Dogwood Cup earlier this season, where he was named MVP. Antonio Campos is a relative newcomer to Whitney Field. At 2-goals, he is a strong player who has an extremely long ball, and should be fun to watch. Rick Lontin, who just moved to Aiken from Colorado, will be making his first Whitney Field appearance.
Other teams of note in this tournament include SIG Polo/Woodlawn, featuring the sister and brother pair Hope and Lucas Arellano along with Chilo Cordova and Deep Singh. This team won the Jake Kneece Memorial 4-goal a few weeks ago, and they are always exciting to watch, especially for the many fans of 14-year-old Hope, who was the MVP in the Kneece tournament and always seems to be scoring a goal. High Wood Hotels, another family team (Brien, Brad and Barry Limehouse along with Matt McGhee) made it to the final of the Kneece Cup only to go down to SIG Polo. They will likely be hot for a rematch.
Games are scheduled for Sunday the 20th, Tuesday the 22rd, Wednesday 23rd and then the following Friday, Sunday and Wednesday. Finals will be Sunday, June 3 at 3 pm on Whitney Field. Don’t miss it!