The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, hosted a lively “Polochella” Junior Tournament over President’s Day weekend. From lead-line to National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS), the participants demonstrated sportsmanship on and off the field volunteering to help throughout the day when not playing. The tournament was played in honor of Margery Magill. Proceeds from the benefit dinner and junior tournament were donated to one of Margery’s favorite organizations, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Jacket Donation Fund, a youth organization with a mission to provide students with leadership skills through agricultural education.
The National Youth Tournament Series Program was established to provide youth players the opportunity to compete against their peers in USPA-sanctioned outdoor tournaments. At each qualifier, All-Stars are selected by an appointed committee. All-Stars are then eligible to be selected to compete in the NYTS Championship Cecil Smith Cup and Girls All-Star Challenge. The NYTS qualifier has been designed for upper-intermediate to advanced youth players, those capable of holding a minimum of a “-1” handicap. Click here for more information.
Empire Polo Club NYTS Qualifier Champions: Elise Pardue, Grace Parker, Hannah Stock, Simone Harper.
Host Site: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California.
First Place: Elise Pardue, Grace Parker, Hannah Stock, Simone Harper.
Second Place: Lars Neumann, J. Martin Perez, Grace Gonzalez, Liliana Gonzalez.
Third Place: Colby Smith, Taylor Olcott, Rosie Gonzalez, Alyssa Garcia.
Best Playing Pony: Pampa, owned by George Dill and played by J. Martin Perez.
All-Stars: Elise Pardue, Grace Parker, Lars Neumann, Colby Smith, J. Martin Perez.