England to face USA in Cowdray’s first big polo match of year

COWDRAY Park Polo Club will host the first senior international of the UK polo season on Saturday, May 19, when England take on the USA in a test match for the St Regis International Cup.

Earlier in the day Young England will face Young South Africa in the John Cowdray trophy making for a full day’s international sporting action.

The Audi-sponsored England squad include seven-goal players James Beim and Luke Tomlinson, as well as Henry Brett, Malcolm Borwick, Satnam Dhillon, Nacho Gonzales, James Harper, Ollie Hipwood, Chris Hyde and Mark Tomlinson, all six goal players.

The USA team will be led by Marc Ganzi (two goals) and is likely to include Nick Roldan and Geoff Hall (both seven goals).

St Regis’ commitment to the international sport of polo dates back to the early 20th century when they and polo became part of the New York social scene.

The Astor family, who founded the St Regis hotel in New York in 1904, used to host afternoon teas and suppers at and after polo matches on Governors Island in New York.

In recent years, St Regis has supported polo around the world in addition to hosting the international test matches at Cowdray Park for the past four years.

Global brand leader for St Regis Hotels & Resorts Paul James, said: “Polo has long been a fixture in the calendars of the worldly and well-lived, and we are looking forward to offering St Regis guests and spectators the opportunity to experience this exhilarating sport at the fifth annual St Regis International Cup.”

Tickets are £15 per person and under-12s free, which includes parking.

Prime pitchside picnic spots are available at £150 which include tickets for eight adults and guarantee the perfect position for viewing the high-octane action.

To book tickets, visit www.cowdraypolo.co.uk or call 01730 813257.