A star-studded lineup of some of the world’s top polo players has been assembled for the revival of the Sterling Cup that begins Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club.
The Sterling Cup is one of two classic and prestigious tournaments that the nation’s busiest and most innovative polo club is resurrecting after a sixteen-year absence.
Thanks to the generosity of Palm Beach Polo owner Glenn Straub, the Sterling Cup and World Cup have been resurrected by Melissa and Marc Ganzi in hopes of recapturing the legacy and prestige of polo’s hey days.
Argentina, with a rich tradition in polo at every level, defeated PTF USA, 6-2, to win the fourth annual Polo Training Foundation (PTF) International CupThursday at Grand Champions Polo Club.
After a thrilling 3-2 sudden death victory over Girls International (Riley Ganzi, Hope Arellano, Lolly Stanhope-White, Mia Novillo Astrada) in the opening round, the talented foursome of Santos Merlos, 11, Poroto Cambiaso, 11, Lucas Criado, 13, and Juanse Olivera, 14, bounced back with a convincing win.
It was the first time the Argentine foursome played together as a team.
Argentina jumped on PTF USA (Mackie Weisz, Clark Mayer, Kristos Magrini, Malia Bryan) for a 3-1 opening chukker lead and never relinquished it in the championship final.
Goose Creek, hoping the law of averages would catch up with them, rallied for an 11-8 victory over Grand Champions-Casablanca in the George Haas Cup semifinal Tuesday at Isla Carroll East.
Trailing 7-2 midway through the fourth chukker, Goose Creek’s foursome of Maureen Brennan, father and son Mariano and Peke Gonzalez and Tomas Garcia del Rio, outscored Grand Champions-Casablanca, 7-1, in the final two chukkers to clinch the win.
“It’s nice to come back and win,” Mariano Gonzalez said. “We lost three games that we shouldn’t have lost because we were winning in the last chukker, some of them coming back from way behind like we did today.