WELLINGTON, FL—May 25, 2017----Dutta Corp has a chance to make history at Grand Champions Polo Club this weekend in the Memorial Cup.
Winners of three spring tournaments, Dutta Corp will go after a record fourth in the season-ending tournament. The current record is three wins set by Travieso in 2015.
Four teams will compete in the two-day tournament that beginsFriday afternoon with two games. At 3:30 p.m. The Polo School plays Newport followed by Dutta Corp against Intercontinental at5 p.m.
The winners advance into Sunday’s final at 11:30 a.m. The subsidiary game is 10 a.m.
The team rosters are:
Dutta Corp: Carlitos Gracida, Timmy Dutta, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Tim Dutta.
Intercontinental: Alejandro Poma, Marc Ganzi, Jason Crowder, Kris Kampsen.
Newport: Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Julio Arellano, Pablo Dorignac.
The Polo School: Rich Desich, Brandon Phillips, Lucas Lalor, Guille Aguero.
Poma, who played last summer at Aspen Valley Polo Club, will make his spring debut at Grand Champions with Intercontinental.
Tournament admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served including a special Memorial Day Weekend cake designed by Shelly Nuss of Cakes and Cakes.
Memorial Day, which originated in 1868 as Declaration Day after the American Civil War ended, honors those American men and women who died while serving in the country’s military service. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May.
Last year’s Memorial Cup champion was Dutta Corp with Timmy Dutta, Marc Ganzi, Lucas Diaz Alberdi and Kris Kampsen. The foursome defeated Flexjet, 10-7. Kampsen was named MVP for the second time during the spring season. Belgrano, an 8-year-old gray gelding played by Marc Ganzi, was Best Playing Pony.
Marc Ganzi was a member of the 2015 Memorial Cup winning team Travieso, that became the first polo team to win three spring tournaments in the same season in club history.
Winners of the first five 2017 spring tournaments were Dutta Corp (Carlitos Gracida, Timmy Dutta, Piki Alberdi Diaz, Tim Dutta) in the Polo Gear Challenge Cup; Audi (Marc Ganzi, Guille Aguero, Lucas Lalor, Pablo Dorignac), Spring Challenge Cup; Dutta Corp (Carlitos Gracida, Timmy Dutta, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Tim Dutta), Santa Rita Abierto Open; Clearwater (Chip Campbell, Michael Bickford, Ezequiel Fernandez, Jeff Hall), USPA Eastern Challenge and Dutta Corp (Tim Dutta, Timmy Dutta, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Carlitos Gracida), USPA Sun Cup. Dutta Corp has also won two subsidiary titles.
The Memorial Cup is the final tournament of the six-week season, the club’s most successful season in its 10-year history.
During the Grand Champions’ spring season, amateur polo players got the opportunity to play with and against some of the world’s top professional polo players. It was geared towards improving polo skills and having fun.
“We are focusing on the game and concentrating on giving everyone an opportunity to play polo and improve their game,” said Polo School Director and former 8-goaler Juan Bollini. “Marc and Melissa (Ganzi) have opened Grand Champions to anybody in polo. We have great tournaments here. We are really trying to make polo better in America. We want to show the world we can have the best polo for everyone.”
The spring polo league is a great opportunity for young players to develop and hone their skills against their peers and more experienced players.
The GCPC spring league featured: medium goal practice games at least once a week; stick-and-ball sessions available during the week; two medium goal tournament games for teams every weekend; ambulance and USPA umpires for all tournament games; complete turn-key tournament polo with some of the top professionals in the world; playing polo on some of Wellington’s most prestigious and well-manicured fields; club-sponsored social events every weekend for all players and excellent trophies for all teams every weekend.
Grand Champions hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 26-goal in addition to special events at its eleven well-manicured fields during fall, winter and spring seasons.
The spring season’s final tournament is being live-streamed on Wellington-based ChukkerTV, worldwide leaders in polo broadcasting.
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 GRAND CHAMPIONS SPRING SCHEDULE
(Subject to change because of weather and scheduling conflicts).
FRIDAY-SUNDAY: Memorial Cup, Friday, 3:30 p.m., The Polo School vs. Newport; 5 p.m., Intercontinental vs. Dutta Corp; Sunday, 10 a.m., subsidiary final; 11:30 a.m., championship final.
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 and Flexjet. Everyone is welcome to watch every level of polo in a relaxed atmosphere with 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.