New England Pro-Am Match Report

September 14, 2019

Date:    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Hotshots entered the New England Pro-Am with victory on their minds scoring the first couple goals of the match, but the Masters proved that experience can be more important than youth on Saturday, September 21 in the Newport International Polo Series XXVIII, presented by Brahmin. The Master's consistent game paid off in a 6-3 victory.

Each team, anchored by a professional polo player with top amateurs from the region, divided into the rising stars (Hotshots) and experienced veterans (Masters). Representing the Hotshots in white in the #1 position was Charlie Bullis, with Luke Merrick at #2, Minnie Keating at #3, and Hamish Wates at #4. Sporting red for the masters was Dan Keating at #1, Sam Clemens at #2, Dave Bullis at #3, and Rory Torrey at #4. Following the introduction of both teams, the national anthem was played, and the 2019 New England Pro-Am began.

Merrick came out of the gate strong for the Hotshots, taking the lead with the first goal.  Wates continued the offensive to double the Hotshots' lead, 2-0.   The Masters stepped into their stride in the second chukker when Torrey made two penalty conversion for a 2-all tie.  Then, Clemens scored the only gol of the third chukker for a 3-2 Masters lead at the end of the first half.

Clemens led the charge for the Masters once again to widen the lead over the Hotshots, 4-2 at the end of the 4th chukker.  The Hotshots pushed harder defense in the 5th chukker and amped up the attacking speed to regain the upper hand.  The efforts kept the Masters out of the goal, but didn't win any more points for the Hotshots as the teams left the field to change horses for the final chukker.  D. Keating scored on an early offensive in the final chukker, quickly followed by another from D. Bullis. Down 6-2, the Hotshots had a long road to get within reach of a tie to force overtime.  Offensive charges were continually rebuffed by the Masters.  M. Keating managed one more goal just before the final bell, leaving the Masters with a 6-3 win.

The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation. Commemorative prizes and the perpetual liberty bowl were awarded by Sarah Dale from Where Boston. An autograph signing to meet the players followed the trophy presentation. The teams and fans met to celebrate the end of summer with the “Indian Summer Sundowners” party by the fire at the Davitt Patio Bar.

During the match, Molly from Coventry. RI won a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in the weekly door prize drawing, and automatic entry into the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize Drawing at the Finals to win a trip for 2 anywhere in the world!  A special drawing by Newport Jaguar Tours awarded Stephen and Karen from Bristol, RI with a free tour from one of the many packages available.  Also, during the match, the Stella Artois Tailgate Contest awarded a fabulous prize to a spectacularly decorated party of spectators. Specialty vendors and concessionaires present in the Vendor Village at the polo grounds, including the Lauren Hope Fine Jewelry, Seeside Design, Woof Woof!, Nutty Concept, Wag Nation, Newport Jaguar Tours, Newport Polo Pro Shop, the Horseshoe Wine Bar, the Davitt Pavilion Patio Bar and Shuck Truck raw bar, and gourmet food trucks.

While in Newport, you can enjoy many of the best attractions and highlights that our visiting teams experience, including VIP ground transportation from Rockstar Limo, a tour of Newport with the new Newport Jaguar Tours, an aerial tour from Newport Helicopter Tours; a glorious afternoon sail with America's Cup Charters; sightseeing fun courtesy of Scooter World; paddleboarding with Island Surf and Sport; a special tour of Water Fire courtesy of Providence River Boat Company, angling excursions with Newport Sport Fishing Charters, and tennis on the historic grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

"Polo is an international sport, played in over 80 countries around the globe," stated Dan Keating, captain of the USA squad. "we are honored to have teams traveling great distances to play in Newport." 

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.  

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This is the 28th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Ireland, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, Morocco, Peru and Poland. 

Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates to the 1600s.  Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2019 sponsors including BrahminDavitt IncTurkish AirlinesTD BankBoston CommonGurney'sThe VanderbiltHotel VikingThe ChanlerVanderbilt International PropertiesClarke Cooke House,  Stella ArtoisRockstar LimoAtria Senior LivingGoslingsMcGrath Clambakes and promotional partners that entertain our visiting teams including the International Tennis Hall of Fame, America's Cup Charters, Newport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport MansionsIsland Surf and SportNewport Jaguar Tours, Providence River Boat Company and Scooter World. Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partners, Van Liew TrustTanglewood, and WCRI, Classical Rhode Island. “Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder. 

L'esprit de Polo has flourished in Newport, RI, since the founding of America's first polo club in the seaside resort & sporting haven in 1876.  Newport Polo hosts the 28th season of the Newport International Polo Series, and offers polo club member services for grass & arena polo and polo instruction year-round; charter member of the United States Polo Association.

Cover Photo: New England Pro-Am 2019, courtesy of Scott Trauth Photography; View the Album