BMW of Encinitas Wins 8-Goal USPA Spreckels Cup Match in OT

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Polo in San Diego, where surf and turf meet, is well and alive. The final tournament for the season was the 8-goal Spreckels Cup match in front of a sold out crowd on Sunday October 2. The match was held to honor the tradition of the cup and to benefit the club’s charity partner, Dress For Success San Diego, a non-profit that empowers women to succeed in the work place and improve the quality of life for their families.

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Team BMW Encinitas with Nour-Dean Anakar in the one position, Nicholas Ramos playing two, Rodrigo Salinas playing three and Doug Blumenthal at four, took on Roseville Motors with Topo Mendez at one, Juan Jose Gonzales at two, Ashton Wolf at three and Eric Hammon at four. The match was a hard fought battle from start to finish with Roseville Motors jumping out to a fast 3-1 lead in the first chuker with two goals from Mendez and one by Gonzalez. BMW Encinitas came roaring back with five-consecutive goals with Anakar and Ramos knocking in two each and Salinas adding one. The second half was a tight defensive battle with neither team able to score until the last chukker. Wolf and Mendez each scored to force overtime. Anakar converted a penalty 3 in extra time to bring home the win for Team BMW.

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The 107-year-old Spreckels Cup was presented to Team BMW Encinitas by USPA Governor-at-Large Scott Walker, USPA Committee Member Tony Yahyai and special guest, David Lewis, the grandson of John D.Spreckels. Topo Mendez won MVP and Ashton Wolf’s horse Chica won Best Playing Pony. The trophy presentation was followed by both teams soaking each other with champagne. After the Spreckels Cup presentation, the club celebrated the season finale with a members’ barbecue party.

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Becky Schaller, Kristi Hammon, Ashton Wolf, Eric Hammon and Ellen Greenhill win the pro-pool Spreckels Cup!

Congrats to the first and second place pro-pool teams who played for the Spreckels Cup earlier in the afternoon. Team Monteverde/RosevilleMotors was victorious! Kristi Hammon won MVP and Eric Hammon’s horse won Best Playing Pony.

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Marc Berry, Juan Jose Gonzales, Tony Yahyai & Nour-Dean Anakar win 2nd place of the pro-pool Spreckels Cup! On stage with announcer Steve Lewandowski and David Lewis, grandson of John D. Spreckels.

Thank you all for a wonderful summer season! We are winding down with Fall Polo through October and arena play through the end of the year. If you’re interested in lessons or playing polo, feel free to reach out to us at *protected email* or 858-481-2247. Otherwise, we’ll see you on Opening Day 2017!

Update with Polo Fields Lease – July

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Latest update: On June 28, 2016 there was a public City Council Smart Growth and Land Use Committee meeting, whereby the City’s Real Estate Assets Department asked for approval to proceed with a long term lease of the polo fields with Surf Cup Sports as the new lessee. The City Council Smart Growth and Land Use Committee unanimously approved to move forward with a 28-year lease with Surf Cup Sports, as well as approved the usage of the property to continue host soccer, polo and approved special events. 
Representatives from the San Diego Polo Club and United States Polo Association spoke about the history and heritage of polo in San Diego. Both parties are in support of Surf Cup Sports’ new long term lease and continued use of the polo fields for both soccer and polo. Surf Cup Sports pledged to continue polo and equestrian activities at the facility for years to come, and with your support, the sport will continue to grow.
If you are interested in meeting the key leaders of Surf Cup Sports, we are hosting an Open House and informal Q&A session. We look forward to meeting you, answering your questions about the future of the polo fields, and finding ways to partner with you.

Open House Dates:

Friday, July 15, 4 to 5 pm
Monday, July 18, 5 to 6 pm
Wednesday, July 20, 5 to 6 pm
Location:
The San Diego Polo Fields
14555 El Camino Real/14955 Via de la Valle
San Diego, CA 92101
Parking:
Please enter from Via de la Valle, and follow the road headed southwest to the parking lot next to the trailers. (See attached map.) Please park in the lot and we will meet at the trailers.
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More about Surf Cup Sports:
Surf Cup Sports is one of the most influential and recognized soccer programs and event organizers in the nation. Established in 1980 as an all-star club for San Diego’s best youth soccer players, it has since evolved into a national powerhouse in the youth soccer community, combining a successful club and a world-class sports event management company. The organization produces the nationally renowned Surf Cup tournament, bringing together the “best of the best” youth soccer players and their families to compete in “America’s Finest City.” Surf Cup Sports athletes have called the San Diego Polo Fields home since 1992.

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