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Ten Years Ago – April 2002

Polo & Picnic

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2002
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: SC Welcome Center
Members Attending: Judy Arrowood, Nicholas Arrowood, Zachary Arrowood, Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Jackie Nicholls, John Nicholls, Lisa Rushton and Scott Rushton.

We only had three cars at the welcome center so our little line of cars got an early start on the rally portion. And because it was only three cars, we got to stay together, so we experienced zero delays for regrouping. This meant we were going to be too early for the polo match, so about 3/4 of the way into the drive Brian pulled over and asked if it was OK to deviate from the planned route. The others agreed. Brian then tacked on about 25 more Aiken County back road miles, we were still early. The group made a stop at the Bogardus house, which is not too far from the field, to pick up Donna’s mom and kill even more time. After all that, we still got to the polo field at 12:15 for a one o’clock start. No problem, we used that time to eat our picnic lunches.

Judy saw that the newsletter said 1:00 PM start, but the Aiken web site said 3, so she split the difference and arrived at 2. Unfortunately the one o’clock time was right, so they only got to see a couple of chukkers and missed out entirely on the “trodding of the sod” at half-time.

For what was billed as an even match, it sure didn‘t play that way. One team seemed to score at will, while the other struggled to maintain possession for more than 30 seconds. But it really didn‘t matter too much to us as nobody had a real favorite, it was just fun to watch the match.

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