Wellington, Fla. – 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’s final 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.