Grand Champions Cares Bahamas Relief Fund Raiser Under Way

Grand Champions Cares Bahamas Relief Fund Raiser Under Way

WELLINGTON, Fl.—September 10, 2019----The devastation Hurricane Dorian left behind in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahamas Island left a lasting impression on Grant Ganzi.

The Lynn University junior and polo player recently started the Grand Champions Cares Bahamas Relief Fund Raiser and is reaching out to one of sports' most generous, the polo community, not only locally but worldwide.

The goal is $50,000 that will be used for basic essentials including water, food, medical supplies, clothing, diapers and pet food.

"This hits close to home," Ganzi said. "It easily could have been us. Everything has been destroyed over there. I hope the polo community will step up and give something. Whatever they want to contribute. Anything will help."

The death toll has risen to 44 as of Monday night. At least 70,000 have been left homeless. Hundreds remain missing or buried under rubble. The situation has become a "humanitarian crisis."

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Grand Champions U.S. Wins Season-Ending The Memorial At Grand Champions Polo Club; Sugar Erskine Named MVP

Grand Champions U.S. Wins Season-Ending The Memorial At Grand Champions Polo Club; Sugar Erskine Named MVP

WELLINGTON, Fl.—May 28, 2019----The spring season came to a successful end Monday at Grand Champions Polo Club.

Grand Champions U.S. (Grant Ganzi, 3, Sugar Erskine, 6, Nic Roldan, 8, Jared Zenni, 6) won The Memorial with a 5-4 victory over Grand Champions Rest of the World (Pablo Pulido, 2, Brandon Phillips, 4, Carlitos Gracida, 4, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8).

Sugar Erskine, one of the sport's most colorful players, was named Most Valuable Player. The South African scored two goals in the four-chukker game including the game-winner with 1:12 left in the game.

Erskine was among several players who had an outstanding spring season.

"I had lots of fun this spring," Erskine said. "Obviously, we were very lucky with the weather so we had the best weather ever. No rain, beautiful days, nice cool wind. We got very lucky with that and that made the polo so much more enjoyable."

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Palm Beach Equine Captures Santa Rita Abierto; Alejandro Novillo Astrada MVP; Spring Season Ends Monday With The Memorial At Grand Champions

Palm Beach Equine Captures Santa Rita Abierto; Alejandro Novillo Astrada MVP; Spring Season Ends Monday With The Memorial At Grand Champions

WELLINGTON, Fl.—May 27, 2019----Palm Beach Equine won its first tournament of the spring season Sunday at windswept Grand Champions Polo Club.

In front of a packed house, Palm Beach Equine (Brandon Phillips, 4, Juan Bollini, 5, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8, Scott Swerdlin, 0) won a hardfought 10-9 game against Audi (Lucas Lalor, 5, Sugar Erskine, 6, Marc Ganzi, 2, Jared Zenni, 6).

Argentine 8-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada scored the winning goal with 1:45 left in the game. Astrada finished with four goals and was named Most Valuable Player.

"I went to put pressure on Lucas and Marc and I got an open space and luckily I was able to score," Astrada said. "Marc was trying to hook me and it was a little difficult but it went in.

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Audi, Palm Beach Equine Meet Sunday In Santa Rita Abierto Final At Grand Champions Polo Club

Audi, Palm Beach Equine Meet Sunday In Santa Rita Abierto Final At Grand Champions Polo Club

WELLINGTON, Fl.—May 25, 2019----Audi and Palm Beach Equine will be looking for their first tournament title of the spring season Sunday when they play in the Santa Rita Abierto final at Grand Champions Polo Club.

On a windy Friday, both teams advanced into the final with impressive victories.

Palm Beach Equine (Brandon Phillips, 4, Juan Bollini, 5, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8, Scott Swerdlin, 0) broke open a close game to knock off Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, 2, Tommy Collingwood, 5, Carlitos Gracida, 4, Kris Kampsen, 6), 10-5, in the opening game.

Audi (Sugar Erskine, 6, Lucas Lalor, 5, Marc Ganzi, 2, Jared Zenni, 6) defeated Sebucan (Pablo Pulido, 2, Bauti Andrada, 1, Pablo Spinacci, 6, Nic Roldan, 8), 8-6, in the other qualifying game.

In Sunday's doubleheader opener at 10 a.m., Dutta Corp will play Sebucan in the Just For The Love Of It subsidiary final.

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Spring Season Ends This Weekend With Santa Rita Abierto & The Memorial At Grand Champions Polo Club

Spring Season Ends This Weekend With Santa Rita Abierto & The Memorial At Grand Champions Polo Club

WELLINGTON, Fl.—May 23, 2019----Polo fans are in for one final weekend of great polo at Grand Champions Polo Club.

The season will end with two tournaments--the Santa Rita Abierto on Friday and Sunday and The Memorial on Memorial Day Monday.

The first game on Friday at 3 p.m. features Palm Beach Equine against Dutta Corp. At 5 p.m., Audi plays last weekend's winner Sebucan. 

Winners advance into the final on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and runner-up teams play for the Just For The Love Of It subsidiary final at 10 a.m.

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Sebucan Wins Polo Gear Challenge Cup; Juancito Bollini Named MVP

Sebucan Wins Polo Gear Challenge Cup; Juancito Bollini Named MVP

WELLINGTON, Fl.—May 20, 2019----On a beautiful day for polo, Sebucan won its first tournament of the spring season Sunday in front of a good crowd at Grand Champions Polo Club.

Sebucan (Pablo Pulido, 2, Juancito Bollini, 2, Pablo Spinacci, 6, Jarred Zenni, 6) won the Polo Gear Challenge Cup, one of the club's oldest tournaments, with a hardfought 11-9 victory over Dutta Corp (Carlitos Gracida, 4, Tommy Collingwood, 5, Timmy Dutta, 2, Kris Kampsen, 6) in its spring tournament debut.

Bollini, 23, was selected Most Valuable Player after an outstanding game. The Florida Atlantic University graduate scored a game-high five goals, including four in the second half.

"I think this team has a really good system," Bollini said. "We all kind of play the same. We have a good connection and chemistry. This is the first time I have played with Jared and we really connect, so I'm happy about that."

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