WELLINGTON, Fl., February 8, 2017---The second month of the winter season, highlighted by the Sterling Cup and PTF International Cup, is under way at Grand Champions Polo Club.
After a successful season-opening month at the nation's busiest and innovative polo clubs, players and teams continue to compete in the regular 6, 8, and 12-goal tournaments in addition to high goal and major youth tournaments.
One of the club highlights of the month is the Feb. 22-March 11 Sterling Cup (16-20-Goal).
The Sterling Cup is one of two classic tournaments Grand Champions Polo Club is bringing back. The Sterling Cup was the second tournament of the 22-goal season at Palm Beach Polo after the January Challenge Cup. It was considered the 22-goal championship and attracted as many as sixteen teams. The John T. Oxley Memorial Trophy will serve as the handicap subsidiary.
Oxley, inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1994, started playing polo at age 46, bought the struggling Royal Palm Polo Sports Club and turned it into a success before it was sold. He won several top tournaments and at age 83, became the oldest player ever to win a major tournament when his team won the International Gold Cup.
The next generation of polo players will be showcased at the Feb. 16 PTF International Cup at Grand Champions at 4 p.m. Several countries will be represented and the game will be live streamed around the world by ChukkerTV, leaders in polo broadcasting.
The Polo Training Foundation has been instrumental in the growth of junior and youth polo players by encouraging the sport’s development with training programs, lessons and tournaments for boys and girls. Its international exchange programs have been among the most popular.
Grand Champions Polo Club President and USPA Florida Circuit Governor Melissa Ganzi is a longtime supporter of grass roots polo and Polo Training Foundation. She has played a key role in developing young players with the The Polo School at Grand Champions and Aspen Valley (Colo.) Polo Clubs.
The 6-, 8- and 12-goal leagues continue this month with the Halo Polo Trophy 6-Goal, Top Pony 8-Goal and USPA Sieber 12-Goal Memorial along with the new Women’s League on Wednesdays.
Six-goal teams entered are Hawk Hill, Smithfield, Willow Farm, Horseware/Aliano, Banks Mill Feed, Pony Express, Grand Champions, Equuleus and The Polo School.
Eight-goal teams are Odosan/Polologistics, Valiente, Patagones, Seacap, Hawk Hill and Smithfield.
The 12-goal teams are Dutta Corp, GSA, Cria Yatay, Palm Beach Equine, Patagones, Audi, Skaneateles and The Polo School.
January team champions, featuring players from age 12 to 65, were: Limited Edition 12-Goal Series: (Patagones, GSA (Handicap); Aspen Valley 8-Goal Cup: (Seacap, Patagones (Handicap); and Metropolitan 6-Goal Cup: (Willow Farm, Hawk Hill (Handicap).
Grand Champions Polo Club caters to men, women and youth polo players at all levels. Its expert staff can customize a complete playing experience including horses, pros and certified umpires in addition to lessons and practice sessions as part of its’ Polo On Demand program, the only polo club in the U.S. to offer the unique program.
The Polo School at Grand Champions, a 501c3 organization, is 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.
2017 WINTER SCHEDULE
(Subject to change because of weather and scheduling conflicts).
Halo Polo Trophy (6 goal): Feb. 10, Willow Farm vs. Hawk Hill, 2 p.m.; Feb. 11, The Polo School vs. Banks Mill Feed,10 a.m., Equuleus vs. Grand Champions, 11:30 a.m., Smithfield vs. Horseware/Aliano, noon; Feb. 15, Willow Farm vs. Horseware/Aliano, 3 p.m., The Polo School vs. Pony Express, 4 p.m.; Feb. 18: Hawk Hill vs. Horseware/Aliano, 10 a.m., Banks Mill vs. Grand Champions, 11:30 a.m.; Feb. 19, Grand Champions vs. Pony Express, 10 a.m., Smithfield vs. Willow Farm, noon; Equuleus vs. The Polo School, noon; Feb. 22, Banks Mill Feed vs. Equuleus, 4 p.m.; Feb. 25, Halo Polo Handicap Final, 10 a.m., Halo Polo Final, 4 p.m.
Top Pony 8 Goal Series: Feb. 10, Smithfield vs. Valiente, 4 p.m.; Feb. 11, Seacap vs. Odosan/Polologistics, 10 a.m., Valiente vs. Hawk Hill, noon; Feb. 12, Patagones vs. Smithfield, 10 a.m.; Feb. 16, Seacap vs. Valiente, 11 a.m.; Feb. 17, Odosan/Polologistics vs. Smithfield, 3 p.m.; Hawk Hill vs. Patagones, 4 p.m.; Feb. 19, Odosan/Polologistics vs. Hawk Hill, 10 a.m.; Feb. 23, Seacap vs. Patagones, 4 p.m.;Feb. 26, Top Pony Handicap Final, 10 a.m., Top Pony Final,noon.
USPA Sieber 12-Goal Memorial: Feb. 9, The Polo School vs. Patagones, 4 p.m.; Feb. 10, Skaneateles vs. Audi, 3:30 p.m.;Feb. 11, Dutta Corp vs. Cria Yatay, 2:30 p.m.; Feb. 12, Skaneateles vs. Audi, 10 a.m.; Feb. 13, GSA vs. Palm Beach Equine, 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 14, Skaneateles vs. The Polo School,11 a.m., Patagones vs. Audi, 4 p.m.; Feb. 16, Dutta Corp vs. Palm Beach Equine, 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 19, Patagones vs. Skaneateles, 10 a.m., Cria Yatay vs. Palm Beach Equine,12:30 p.m.; Feb. 21, Dutta Corp vs. GSA, 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 23, Audi vs. The Polo School, 10 a.m.; Feb. 25, Sieber Memorial Handicap Final, 1 p.m., Sieber Memorial Final, 3 p.m.
Women’s League, every Wednesday, 10 and 11 a.m., at Santa Rita Polo Farm.
FEBRUARY 16: Polo Training Foundation (PTF) International Cup, 4 p.m.
FEBRUARY 22-March 11: Sterling Cup (16-20 goal) and John T. Oxley Memorial Trophy (Subsidiary Handicap).
MARCH: 1-26, Madelon Bourdieu Memorial (6 goal) and The Limited Edition 8-Goal Series; 1-25, The Top Pony 12-Goal Series; Women’s League, every Wednesday, 10 and 11 a.m.
MARCH 1-11: $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament (Single elimination).
MARCH 12: Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Inc. Celebrity Polo Charity Cup, 10 a.m.
MARCH 15-April 1: National 20-Goal; Santa Rita Abierto (Subsidiary Handicap).
APRIL 1-15: $100,000 World Cup Tournament (0-26 Goals), winner-take-all single elimination.
APRIL 1-25: Las Acacias (4-8 Goals), Women’s League, every Wednesday, 10 and 11 a.m.
APRIL 5-8: WCT Finals and Women’s Polo Week.
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB
WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 33414.
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, Flexjet and first-year team Grand Champions-Casablanca. Everyone is welcome to watch every level of polo in a relaxed atmosphere that includes complimentary food and refreshments during the featured games of the winter, spring and fall tournament seasons and other special events. Admission is free except for some special events.