By Sharon Robb
WELLINGTON, FL—May 4, 2018----Grand Champions Polo Club will host its third spring polo tournament of the season on Friday and Sunday.
The Sun Cup, one of six tournaments, features five teams and will begin Friday with a game at 10:30 a.m. and round robin at 4 p.m. The winners advance into Sunday'sfinal at 11:30 a.m. The Sun Festival Subsidiary Cup is 10 a.m.
On Friday, Newport plays Grand Champions at 10:30 a.m. in a six-chukker game. Later in the afternoon at 4 p.m., Sebucan, Dutta Corp and Chukker TV will play a round robin.
The teams and rosters are:
Newport (13): Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Marc Ganzi.
Grand Champions (14): Jeff Desich, Carlitos Gracida, Lucas Lalor, Pablo Dorignac.
Sebucan (13): Rich Desich, Pablo Pulido, Mike Azzaro, Juan Bollini.
Dutta Corp (13): Tim Dutta, Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Piki Diaz Alberdi.
ChukkerTV: (15) Josh DuBrry, Kris Kampsen, Julio Gracida, Brandon Phillips.
Dutta Corp is two-time defending Sun Cup champion. This week's Dutta Corp lineup features father-and-son combinations Tim and Timmy Dutta and Piki and Lucas Diaz Alberdi. Timmy Dutta and Lucas Diaz Alberdi are coming off last weekend's USPA Eastern Challenge win as members of Sebucan.
Last year Dutta Corp, an 11-goal team, won with Tim and Timmy Dutta, Piki Diaz Alberdi and Carlitos Gracida. The foursome led Deeridge (Pablo Dorignac, Grant Ganzi, Will Jacobs, Guille Aguero) from start-to-finish for a 14-8 victory. Gracida was MVP. It was Dutta Corp's second win in the first three spring tournaments.
Two years ago, Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Tony Calle, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Brandon Phillips) knocked off Newport (Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Julio Arellano, Juancito Bollini), 8-6.
Several top and up-and-coming players and patrons compete during the fun and competitive GCPC Spring Invitational League that features six 12-16-goal tournaments in April and May. During the Grand Champions’ spring season, amateur polo players get the chance to play with and against some of the world’s top professional polo players.
The spring league is also a great opportunity for younger players such as 12-year-old Josh DuBarry to develop and hone their skills against peers and more experienced players.
The GCPC spring league features: medium goal practice games at least once a week; stick-and-ball sessions available during the week; teams get two medium goal tournament games every weekend; ambulance and umpires for all tournament games; complete turn-key tournament polo with some of the top pros 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.
The spring season is being live-streamed on Wellington-based ChukkerTV.
Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Polo Farm is the largest and most unique private 100-acre polo facility in Wellington with 120 stalls in five self-contained barns, exercise track, five climate-controlled tack rooms, vet room, staff quarters, guest house and polo fields with state-of-the-art underground irrigation and stick-and-ball fields.
During fall, winter and spring seasons, Grand Champions Polo Club, the nation's largest club with 10 well-manicured fields, hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 26-goal in addition to special events.
The club features monthly 6, 8 and 12-goal tournaments and women's weekly league play during the winter season in addition to two 16-20 tournaments, $50,000 National 12 Goal, $100,000 World Cup winner-take-all 0-26 goal tournament, Sunny Hale's Legacy WCT Final and USPA National President's Cup.
During the 2017 winter season Grand Champions attracted a record 72 teams and another 18 teams during the spring season.
Grand Champions 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 Club Hotline is 561-644-5050. It will be updated every day at 8 a.m. for both players and fans.
2018 Spring Schedule
(Subject to change because of weather and scheduling conflicts).
Sun Cup, Friday, 10:30 a.m., Newport vs. Grand Champions; 4 p.m., Dutta Corp, ChukkerTV, Sebucan round robin; Sunday, Sun Festival Subsidiary Cup, 10 a.m. and Sun Cup Final, 11:30 a.m.
May 11-13: The Spring Challenge Cup.
May 18-20: Polo Gear Invitational.
May 25-28: The Memorial