Oak Brook, Ill. – April 16, 2018 – The Oak Brook Polo Club announces its player roster for the 2018 summer polo season. Led and supported by team patron and Chicago business leader, Jim Drury, this year’s squad includes the following returning players:
Horacio Onetto (position #3, handicap-4): second-generation polo player whose career has taken him around the world playing for leagues in Florida, South Carolina, Illinois and Canada. A native of Argentina, he is the son of Horacio Onetto Sr. a former 6-goal professional who played at Oak Brook Polo Club throughout the 1980’s.
Tomas “Toto” Obregon (position #2, handicap-4): from Argentina and a family of polo players who’s been playing the sport since age twelve. Played for teams in California, Florida, New York, Virginia, Texas, South Carolina, Kentucky and Illinois in addition to many countries such as Canada, France, and Argentina. Participated in multiple 20-goal tournaments. Twin brother Matias also plays professionally in Chicagoland area and offers lessons with GoPolo.
Mariano Gutierrez (position #4, handicap-4) – from Argentina and has five brothers who love the sport of polo. Left law school in Argentina to pursue it professionally and now plays for clubs in Southern California, and Colorado. Internationally he’s competed in France and Canada and lives in Buenos Aries six months out of the year. Mariano played his first professional polo match at Oak Brook.
In 2017, the Oak Brook Polo team celebrated at 6-2 winning season. This marked the first time, in over a decade, that a 12-goal Oak Brook Polo Team has been organized and played at the Club’s legendary polo grounds. The team will additionally compete in several 8-12 goal competitions outside of Oak Brook including matches at Arranmore Farm & Polo Club (Oswego), Morgan Creek
(Yorkville), Due West (Chicago), Font Farm (Plano) and other Chicagoland area polo clubs and fields.
The 2018 schedule includes the return of such popular matches as Horses & Horsepower, Butler Challenge Cup, and Chicago Polo Cup. Oak Brook Polo will additionally introduce the Heartland Cup -which will host the 2018 Midwest Jaguar Concours d’Elegance, and the Caribbean Cup to the schedule.
“I am thrilled to have our entire team return for another season of polo!” explains Drury. “Match attendees will witness the best polo in all of the Midwest, by some of the best players in the world.”
Oak Brook Polo Club heads into its 96th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and the fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary since the last U.S. Open Polo ChampionshipÒ which was held at Oak Brook in 1978.
Oak Brook Polo Club is located at 2606 York Road), seventeen miles from Chicago’s Loop. A variety of ticket options are available at www.oakbrookpoloclub.com. For general information, event scheduling, and parking directions, please call 630.368.5095.
About Oak Brook Polo Club
Founded in 1922 by legendary businessman, Paul Butler, the Oak Brook Polo Club is an American Polo treasure and one of the oldest polo clubs in the United States. It was once the sport’s epicenter for elite professional polo in the United States and served as home to the U.S. Open Polo Championship for twenty-four straight seasons and other prestigious international and national polo tournaments. For decades, the Club has been a popular Sunday tradition and social scene known for entertaining Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and Chicago’s distinguished. Today, Oak Brook Polo Club hosts several Sunday matches and continues to attract thousands of fascinated spectators who marvel at the athleticism and majesty of this timeless sport.