WELLINGTON, Fl., March 14, 2016---Pony Express and Palm Beach Illustrated, two underdogs, will meet Tuesday in the final of the third annual $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament at Grand Champions Polo Club.
One of the nation's most important and competitive tournaments with major prize money on the line attracted some of the sport's top teams and several up-and-coming young players.
It is the nation's only 12-goal tournament that offers major prize money.
Pony Express will be a family affair with father and son Bob and Justin Daniels joining teammates Bautista Urbina and Tomas Goti.
Palm Beach Illustrated features Todd Thurston, Jared Zenni, Geronimo Obregon and Jesse Bray.
Palm Beach Illustrated advanced into the final with a win over 5Star Builders/Tackeria behind Bray's six goals. Pony Express advanced with a 9-8 upset of favorite Casablanca.
The single-elimination tournament attracted six teams including Casablanca (Grant Ganzi 1, Leo Mandelbaum 2, Juancito Bollini 3, Mark Tomlinson 6); 5 Star Builders/Tackeria (Kristos Magrini 1, Matt Coppola 4, Joaquin Panelo 4, Michel Dorignac 5; Palm Beach Equine (Agustin Arellano 2, Ezequiel Zubiaurre 4, Gringo Colombres 6, Scott Swerdlin 0) and Wildcat (Ryan Gilbertson 0, Nick Johnson 2, Steve Krueger 3, Jason Crowder 6).
Past champion teams are Palm Beach Equine ( Scott Swerdlin, Alejandro Gonzalez, Tommy Collingwood, Luis Escobar) in 2014 and Aspen Valley Polo Club (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Mark Tomlinson, Wes Finlayson) in 2015.
The game will be live-streamed by ChukkerTV, leaders in polo broadcasting.
Wellington-based ChukkerTV is exclusively live streaming International Polo Club Palm Beach and Grand Champions Polo Club games during the 2016 season with polo broadcasters Toby Wayman and Dale Schwetz calling the action.
Grand Champions is the nation's busiest and most innovative polo club with tournaments ranging from six to 20-goal.
Grand Champions Polo Club also features The Polo School, dedicated to teaching polo, particularly grass roots youth. Its mission is to provide individuals opportunities in polo. The Polo School operates in Wellington January through June and September through November.
GRAND CHAMPIONS 2016 WINTER SCHEDULE
16-Goal: Santa Rita Abierto, March 15, Tuesday, Casablanca vs. SD Farms, 4 p.m.; March 19, Postage Stamp Farm vs. Dutta Corp, 4 p.m.; March 22, Tuesday, Travieso vs. Dutta Corp, noon; Casablanca vs. High Ground/GSA, 4 p.m.; March 24, Thursday, SD Farms vs. High Ground/GSA, noon; Postage Stamp Farm vs. Travieso, 4 p.m.; March 29, Tuesday, Santa Rita Handicap Final, 11 a.m.; Semifinals, 2 and 4 p.m; April 2, Saturday, Final, 3 p.m.
12-Goal, $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament, March 15, Tuesday, Final, Pony Express vs. Palm Beach Illustrated, 2 p.m.; Top Pony 12-Goal Series, March 18, Friday, Skaneateles vs. Flexjet, 10 a.m.; Palm Beach Polo vs. Heathcote, 4 p.m.; March 20, Sunday, Whitehall Ranch vs. Heathcote, 10 a.m.; Skaneateles vs. Pony Express, 10 a.m.; Palm Beach Polo vs. Beverly Polo, noon; March 23, Wednesday, Pony Express vs. Wildcat, 3:30 p.m.; March 26, Sunday, Pony Express vs. Flexjet, 11 a.m.; March 27, Sunday, Wildcat vs. Skaneateles, 10 a.m.; Beverly Polo vs. Heathcote, 10 a.m.; Whitehall Ranch vs. Palm Beach Polo, 1 p.m.; March 29, Tuesday, Wildcat vs. Flexjet, 3:30 p.m.; April, Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Challenge Cup.
8-Goal, The Limited Edition 8-Goal Series: March 16, Wednesday, Odosan/Polologistics vs. Smithfield, 3:30 p.m.; March 22, Tuesday, Odosan/Polologistics vs. Longfield Farm, 3:30 p.m.; March 25, Friday, Skaneateles vs. Odosan/Polologistics, 3:30 p.m.; March 26, Saturday, Smithfield vs. Longfield Farm, 1 p.m.; USPA Regional President's Cup; April, USPA Association Cup.
6-Goal, March, Madelon Bourdain Memorial; April, Las Acacias.
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB
WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 33414.
DIRECTOR OF POLO: Juan Olivera, 561-644-5050, firstname.lastname@example.org; hotline 561-373-0073.
INFORMATION: For spectators, there are great field side views for tournament action and also the Grand Champions Polo Club Boutique. The club is home base for pro teams Audi and Flexjet. Everyone is welcome to watch every level of polo in a relaxed atmosphere that includes a complimentary Argentine asado by Cilantro's during the featured games of the winter, spring and fall tournament seasons and other special events. Admission is free except for some special events.