WELLINGTON, FL—May 5, 2016----The Sun Cup gets under way Friday at Grand Champions Polo Club, the nation’s busiest and most innovative polo clubs.
The Sun Cup, the third of six medium-goal tournaments that are scheduled for the nine-year-old club, features some of the nation’s top players including Julio Arellano, Jason Crowder, Nic Roldan and Piki Diaz Alberdi, a former 10-goaler in England.
Four teams will compete in the two-day tournament on Friday and Sunday.
On Friday, Newport plays Dutta Corp-White in the opening game at 1 p.m. followed by Flexjet playing The Dutta Corp-Blue at 4:30 p.m. In honor of Mother’s Day, the final and subsidiary games will begin 9:30 a.m.
The team rosters are:
Dutta Corp-White: Tim Dutta, Jason Crowder, Lucas Lalor, JJ Celis.
The Dutta Corp-Blue: Timmy Dutta, Tony Calle, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Brandon Phillips.
Flexjet: Melissa Ganzi, Kris Kampsen, Juan Bollini, Marc Ganzi.
Newport: Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Julio Arellano, Juancito Bollini.
The remaining spring tournaments are: May 13-15, USPA Eastern Challenge; May 20-22, Polo Gear Challenge Cup-Wellington Chamber of Commerce Kick-Off To Summer; and May 26-29,The Memorial.
In the spring season-opening Grand Champions Cup, Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Sebastian Merlos, Kris Kampsen) defeated Power Horse (Walter Scherb, Michael Bickford, Tincho Merlos, Nic Roldan),18-17. Kampsen was named MVP.
Casablanca won its second spring tournament in Week Two, the Spring Challenge Cup. The team of Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Julio Arellano and Kris Kampsen defeated Team NR (Tim Dutta, Melissa Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Juan Bollini), 10-8. Melissa Ganzi was named MVP.
During the Grand Champions’ spring season, amateur polo players have the opportunity to play with and against some of the world’s top professional polo players.
ChukkerTV is live streaming Grand Champions Polo Club games along with other games around the U.S. during the 2016 season with polo broadcasters Toby Wayman and Dale Schwetz calling the action.
Grand Champions Polo Club is the nation’s busiest and most innovative polo club. The USPA-member club hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 20-goal in addition to special events.
The club also features The Polo School, dedicated to teaching polo to all ages, 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 POLO CLUB 2016 SPRING SCHEDULE
May 6, Friday, Sun Cup: Newport vs. Dutta Corp (White), 1 p.m.; Flexjet vs. The Dutta Corp (Blue), 4:30 p.m.
May 8, Sunday, Sun Cup, games begin 9:30 a.m.
May 13-15: USPA Eastern Challenge
May 20-22: Polo Gear Challenge Cup; May 22, Wellington Chamber of Commerce Kick-Off To Summer with award-winning guest chef Shannon Atkins.
May 21: NYTS Tournament
May 26-29: The Memorial
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, juan.olivera @gcpolo.com; 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.