The Butler Handicap, C.V. Whitney, USPA Gold Cup® and U.S. Open Polo Championship® will move from 26 goals to 18-22 goals beginning in 2019. The USPA confirmed the news today in a phone interview with PoloChannel. The decision was made at the United States Polo Association’s annual fall meeting, which ended Saturday.
The rationale is that the lower handicap will hopefully enable more teams to enter high-goal tournaments, and that 20-goal teams in the Florida season will remain for the 22 at the International Polo Club in Wellington.
The USPA also confirmed in the interview that:
-A proposal to impose a combined 17-goal limit on the two highest-rated players on each team was rejected.
-The U.S. Open Polo Championship® was awarded to the International Polo Club (Wellington, Florida) for 2019-2021.
-Three major changes in USPA leadership effective immediately. Tony Coppola is President, Chip Campbell is Chairman, and Bob Puetz is officially CEO, a position he previously held in an interim status.
A complete statement will be issued by the USPA later today.