Grand Champions Polo Club has moved the start and play dates for the much-anticipated fall 20-goal season. The USPA National 20-Goal is scheduled for November 12-20 and USPA North American Cup is set for November 16-23. The close date is now November 6. For more information or to enter your team please contact Director of Polo Operations Juan Olivera. Grand Champions Polo Club is the only polo club in the U.S. where you can have High Goal Polo on Demand.
On a glorious day for polo, Postage Stamp Farm rallied in the final two chukkers to capture the Palm Restaurant Invitational with a 10-9 victory over Flexjet Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club. In front of the largest home crowd of the season and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, Nic Roldan scored the last three goals of the game including the game-winner in the final two minutes for Postage Stamp Farm's first tournament victory of the fall season.
Five teams, including two making their fall season debut, will compete this weekend at the Palm Restaurant Invitational at Grand Champions Polo Club. Dutta Corp, one of the winningest teams in Grand Champions history, and KIG will join Casablanca, Flexjet and Postage Stamp Farm in the field. The tournament is the fourth of the season at Grand Champions, one of the nation’s busiest and innovative polo clubs. America’s top-rated player Nic Roldan, Pacific Coast Open champion Jason Crowder and Team USPA members Jared Sheldon and Jesse Bray head the field.
On a windswept day at Grand Champions Polo Club, Casablanca lived up to expectations. In front of a good crowd and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, the talented foursome of Jared Sheldon, Grant Ganzi, Tony Calle and Jesse Bray led Casablanca to a thrilling 11-9 victory over Flexjet on Sunday to win the Fall Classic. The tournament’s youngest team led 5-4 at the half and never relinquished its lead.
The fall polo season is in full swing at Grand Champions Polo Club with the third tournament of the season getting under way on Friday. The Fall Classic, featuring defending champion Postage Stamp Farm making its’ fall debut, features four top-notch teams. Action gets under way Friday at 3 p.m. with Postage Stamp Farm playing Flexjet followed by Audi against Casablanca at 4:30 p.m. The winners advance to Sunday’s Fall Classic final at 10 a.m.
On a perfect day for polo, U.S. Trust came from behind for the second consecutive year to capture the U.S. Trust Cup Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club. U.S. Trust (Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Jared Shelton, Nic Roldan) defeated Flexjet (Carlitos Gracida, Jason Crowder, Juan Bollini, Glenn Straub), 5.5-3 in the third and final game of the day. Because of Hurricane Matthew, the tournament was condensed into a one-day, round-robin format based on net goals. In other round robin games, Flexjet defeated Newport (Guille Aguero, Jesse Bray, JJ Celis, Gene Goldstein), 5-3, and Newport edged U.S. Trust, 4-3.5.
After being spared the wrath of Hurricane Matthew, polo returns to center stage Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club with the US Trust Cup. Friday’s opening round was cancelled for the safety of the players and horses and to allow fields to dry. Flexjet, Newport and US Trust will compete in a round-robin final beginning at 11 a.m. Flexjet opens against Newport. Team rosters are: Flexjet: (15) Riley Ganzi/Santos Bollini, Jason Crowder, 6, Juan Bollini, 5, Carlitos Gracida, 4. Newport: (15) Gene Goldstein, 1, Jesse Bray, 5, Guille Aguero, 5, JJ Celis, 4. US Trust: (14) Marc Ganzi, 1, Grant Ganzi, 1, Nic Roldan, 8, Jared Sheldon, 4.
Flexjet won the opening tournament of the fall polo season with an exciting 7-6 victory over Casablanca in the Tackeria Invitational Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club. Melissa Ganzi took a pass from Juan Bollini and scored on a cut shot just before the 30-second bell in the final chukker to clinch the win. Flexjet and Casablanca battled back and forth throughout the game with Casablanca taking a 3-1 lead after two chukkers and Flexjet a 6-4 lead after four chukkers.
The highly-anticipated fall season gets under wayFriday at Grand Champions Polo Club with the Tackeria Invitational. A doubleheader is scheduled on opening day andSunday. On Friday, the first round games feature Flexjet against Palm Beach Equine at 3:30 p.m.and Newport playing Casablanca at 4:45 p.m. The winners advance into Sunday’s final at 10 a.m.followed by the subsidiary game at 11:30 a.m.
In a wild finish, White Birch knocked off defending champion Audi, 12-11, in overtime Sunday to capture the USPA East Coast Open. In front of a sellout crowd of 4,000 at windswept Greenwich Polo Club and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, 15-year-old Santino Magrini scored the winning goal to complete a remarkable second-half comeback by White Birch. The highly-anticipated rematch of the battle of the unbeatens more than lived up to expectations.
In a highly-anticipated rematch, defending champion Audi will play White Birch in the championship final of the USPA East Coast Open Sunday at 3 p.m. at Greenwich Polo Club. The big-hitting Audi foursome of Marc Ganzi, Leo Mandelbaum, Nic Roldan and Sebastian Merlos led Goose Creek from wire-to-wire for a hardfought 11-6 victory in the opening semifinal game on Wednesday. White Birch held off upset-minded Airstream in the other semifinal game.
With the breathtaking Hotel del Coronado as a backdrop, Aspen Valley Polo Club made history by winning the inaugural Polo America Beach Polo Cup in front of a packed house. The team of Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini and Argentine 9-goaler Agustin (Tincho) Merlos defeated Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Lucas Lalor, Julio Novillo Astrada), 10-7. In the subsidiary game, Hoffman International Properties (Riley Ganzi, Juan Bollini, Carlitos Gracida) defeated Porsche San Diego (Bash Kazi, Tito Gaudenzi, Jason Crowder), 4-2.
-Wellington, a hotbed for youth polo players, continued its’ domination of the National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) Championship Sunday at Myopia Polo Club. The Zone 3 Florida circuit captured the Cecil Smith Cup on the historic Gibney Field for the third time in four years since the inception of the tournament in 2013. Brother Justin and Benji Daniels, Nico Escobar and Matias Gonzalez led Zone 3 to a 7-5.5 victory over Zone 1 (Jake Klentner, Ronnie Puente, Conrad Kissling, Sloan Stefanakis). Escobar, Gonzalez and Justin Daniels each had two goals. Benji Daniels added one.
Defending champion Audi played its’ best game of the USPA East Coast Open to advance into Wednesday’s semifinals against Goose Creek at Greenwich Polo Club. The Audi foursome of Marc Ganzi, Leo Mandelbaum, Nic Roldan and Sebastian Merlos finished its’ bracket play with a 3-0 record on Saturday after an impressive 16-8 victory over Postage Stamp Farm. Goose Creek advanced with a 6-5 win over Faraway.
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