Pony Express and Palm Beach Illustrated, two underdogs, will meet Tuesday in the final of the third annual $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament at Grand Champions Polo Club.
One of the most important and competitive tournaments with major prize money on the line attracted some of the sport’s top teams and several up-and-coming young players.
It is the only 12-goal tournament that offers major prize money.
Pony Express will be a family affair with father and son Bob and Justin Daniels joining teammates Bautista Urbina and Tomas Goti.
Palm Beach Illustrated features Todd Thurston, Jared Zenni, Geronimo Obregon and Jesse Bray.
Palm Beach Illustrated advanced into the final with a win over 5Star Builders/Tackeria behind Bray’s six goals. Pony Express advanced with a 9-8 upset of favorite Casablanca.
The single-elimination tournament attracted six teams including Casablanca; 5 Star Builders/Tackeria; Palm Beach Equine and Wildcat.
Past champion teams are Palm Beach Equine ( Scott Swerdlin, Alejandro Gonzalez, Tommy Collingwood, Luis Escobar) in 2014 and Aspen Valley Polo Club (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Mark Tomlinson, Wes Finlayson) in 2015.
The game will be live-streamed by ChukkerTV, leaders in polo broadcasting.
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