The fourth tournament of the spring season gets under way Friday at Grand Champions Polo Club.
The Spring Challenge Cup, featuring Audi, Dutta Corp, Flexjet and Newport, marks the halfway point of the polo season.
The two-day tournament begins on Friday and ends on Mother’s Day Sunday.
A doubleheader is set for Friday. Flexjet plays Newport at 10:30 a.m. Audi faces Dutta Corp, the winningest team of the season with two tournament victories under its belt, at 5 p.m.
Winners advance into Sunday’s championship final at 11 a.m.following the subsidiary game at 9:45 a.m.
The player field features some of the sport’s top players including Julio Arellano, Guille Aguero, Carlitos Gracida, Julio Arellano, former 10-goaler Piki Diaz Alberdi and 5-goaler Mariano Uranga, making his Grand Champions debut.
The team rosters are:
Audi: Tim Dutta, Marc Ganzi, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Pablo Dorignac.
Dutta Corp: Carlitos Gracida, Lucas Lalor, Timmy Dutta, Guille Aguero.
Flexjet: Melissa Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Mariano Uranga, Jason Crowder.
Newport: Rich Desich, Juancito Bollini, Gene Goldstein, Julio Arellano.
In last year’s Spring Challenge Cup final, Casablanca (Julio Arellano, Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Kris Kampsen) defeated Team NR (Tim Dutta, Melissa Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Juan Bollini), 10-8. It was Team NR’s sponsor debut at Grand Championships.
Melissa Ganzi, Florida Circuit Governor and Grand Champions Polo Club President, was named Most Valuable Player after scoring a game-high six goals. Ganzi’s horse Camisa was selected Amateur Player Best Playing Pony and Kampsen’s horse Miravol was named Pro Player Best Playing Pony.
The Spring Challenge Cup is the fourth of six medium-goal tournaments offered in April and May as the GCPC Spring Invitational League.