JAMAICA RETURNS TO OAK BROOK THIS SUNDAY!Watch Oak Brook take on Team Jamaica for The Drake Challenge Cup
JAMAICA RETURNS TO OAK BROOK THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH!
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
For the second straight year, we are honored to be welcoming back a team from the beautiful Caribbean island nation of Jamaica to play for one of Oak Brook’s oldest and most celebrated trophies, The Drake Challenge Cup. Named after the The Drake Oak Brook Hotel.
There is a strong bond between the polo communities in Chicago and Jamaica with a long history of reciprocity dating back to the early 1980’s when Michael Butler first hosted the Jamaican teams at the Oak Brook Polo Club. Over the last thirty years the bonds have only strengthened with generations of players coming back to play and enjoy the summers in Chicago.
This weekend Jamaica comes to Chicago with a powerhouse team from the Kingston Polo Club captained by Marc Melville (Hcap 2) and players Jose Laritirigoyen (Hcap 5),Charles Chambers (Hcap 1) and local and honorary Jamaican, Chris Vangel (Hcap 2). The Oak Brook Team is also excited to welcome Pamela Flanagan (Hcap 0) back, who is substituting for Jim Drury and will play alongside the Oak Brook Team's Horacio Onetto (Hcap 4), Tomas “Toto” Obregon (Hcap 4) and Mariano Gutierrez (Hcap 4).
The Jamaican themed afternoon will also include include island rhythms from the Steel Express Duo and modern Jamaican BBQ from Jerk Jamaican Grill.” The match also welcomes International Polo Series sponsors Land Rover Hinsdale, who will provide Land Rover shuttles to-and-from The Drake Oak Brook Hotel, the Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaica Consulate.