States Defeats United Kingdom 5-4 To Win " An Afternoon Of Polo
And Evening Of Elegance" Match To Benefit British Forces Foundation
At International Polo Club
FL Adam Snow scored the game-winner, but high-goal patrons
John Goodman, Tim Gannon and Dawn Jones were major contributors
as the United States defeated the United Kingdom 5-4 in a four-chukker
benefit match Saturday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
polo match was part of An Afternoon of Polo and Evening of
Elegance to benefit the British Forces Foundation. Following
the match more than 150 guests attended a cocktail reception, catered
dinner and auction. Dame Celia Lipton Farris was International Honorary
stole a pass and dribbled to goal with 2:17 remaining for the winning
goal. The United Kingdom had a chance to tie the game but Julian
Hipwoods shot was just wide with six seconds remaining.
of the polo highlights was Goodmans 120-yard forehand that
virtually split the posts with 4:57 left in the fourth chukker to
give the United States a 4-3 lead. After the United Kingdom took
a 2-0 lead, Gannon began the American comeback on a 10-yard forehand
with 1:48 left in the second chukker. Snow then scored two goals
in the third chukker to tie game at 3-3. Jones, subbing for her
husband, Tommy Lee, played aggressively the entire game, causing
British Forces Foundation was founded in 1999 by Jim Davidson, who
is Chairman of the Trustees. HRH The Prince of Wales is the Patron
and the Lady Thatcher is the President. The British Forces Foundation
was formed "to promote the Armed Forces through charitable
means by supporting the well being and esprit de corps of all serving
personnel through quality entertainment." The British Forces
Foundations aim is to encourage top performers from show business
to go around the world to entertain servicemen and women in all
three services on operations.
and Gannon have played polo in England for several years and believe
this is the first of an annual event that will continue to grow.
Afternoon of Polo and Evening of Elegance occurs during the
centennial celebration of the Stanford Financial Group U.S.
Open Polo Championship. Historically, the U.S. Open has always been
the grand prize of polo in North America. It is one of only three
tournaments played at the 26-goal echelon, the highest-rated tournament
in the United States. The first U.S. Open title game was played
in 1904 at Van Cortland Park in New York City where the Wanderers
defeated the Freebooters 4 ½-3, the lowest scoring final
in the history of the tournament. The centennial games continue
through the month of April concluding with the championship game
on Sunday, April 18 at 3 pm.
International Polo Club Palm Beach is at the forefront of a new
era in the storied history of high-goal polo in the United States.
International Polo Club Palm Beach is the first new polo club to
be built in decades, and it has fulfilled a long-standing void for
a facility dedicated solely to high-goal professional polo. Designed
in tropical, Caribbean-Colonial style, it combines old-world
charm and new-world comfort.
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue
South, between Pierson Road and Lake Worth Road in Wellington.