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Women's Pacific Coast Open, September 6-8th

The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is excited to host the first-ever Women’s Pacific Coast Open, September 6-8, featuring four teams of top-rated women players from around the world!  The WPCO is part of a series of women’s high goal tournaments across the United States including the USPA East Coast Open, USPA US Open, and The USPA Texas Open. This tournament will make history as the highest level of women’s polo ever played on the West Coast at a 16-20 goal women’s handicap rating. 

Some of the key players on the field include the English player Sarah Wiseman, Dawn Jones of San Saba Texas, Dayelle Fargey from Okotoks Canada, up and coming player Clara Cassino from Argentina, local polo enthusiast Sarah Siegel Magness, and future 10 goaler, Hazel Jackson. These talented lady players will gather to compete and celebrate the legacy of the legendary player Sunny Hale. Hale was a California native, the first woman to win the US Open competing against the male players in the 2001 US Open, and an inspiration to a generation of polo players. 

“It is a special moment in the club’s distinguished history,” shared Dawn Jones, one of the founding members of the Women’s International Polo Network. “The Santa Barbara Polo Club is loved by many, including Sunny Hale, who would have been pleased to see the creation of a Women’s Pacific Coast Open and see it promoted as a Women’s Championship Tournament Qualifier. The WCT was her personal mission to develop women’s polo around the world.  Some of her top protégés from England and Argentina will be participating. The Women’s Pacific Coast Open is an impressive indication of the Santa Barbara Polo Club’s continuing commitment to cultivating the sport for everyone.”

The first round of tournament play will take place on Friday, September 6th at 1 pm & 3 pm, and the final of the first Women’s Pacific Coast Open will be played on the grandstand field on Sunday, September 8th at 11 am.


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