The two-week countdown has begun for the fall polo
season in Wellington.
After a successful spring season, Grand Champions Polo Club will host what promises
to be one of the most competitive fall seasons in club history.
Nine tournaments are scheduled, including two 20-goal tournaments in November for
the club's sixth fall season.
The Tackeria Invitational, scheduled for Sept. 27-29, is the first of seven medium
goal tournaments, set for Palm City Polo Club in Boca Raton.
The fall season-opener will be warm-up matches to shake the rust off and fine tune
for the season.
The remaining fall tournaments hosted at Grand Champions Polo Club are the Oct.
4-6 USPA Fall Classic, Oct. 13-15 USPA Kay Colee Memorial; Oct. 18-20 US Trust Cup,
Oct. 25-27 USPA Fall Plates; Nov.1-3 Pedro Morrison Memorial and Nov. 8-10 Palm
The two 20-goal tournaments are the prestigious Oct. 30-Nov. 9 USPA North America
Cup and Nov. 13-24 The National 20-Goal Championship.
Audi's Grant Ganzi keeps possession of the ball despite Piaget's charging Juan Bollini,
Brandon Phillips and Melissa Ganzi. Photo by Scott Fisher
Sponsors, players and teams are still being finalized by Grand Champions owners
Marc and Melissa Ganzi, who will both compete during the fall in preparation for
the high goal season.
Hall of Famer and 8-goaler Mike Azzaro heads the pro lineup. Azzaro is scheduled
to play the entire fall season. For several tournaments Azzaro will compete with
rising young stars and national champions Juancito Bollini, Wes Finlayson and Grant
On the pro roster, Azzaro will be joined by 8-goaler Nic Roldan, Juan Bollini, Joey
Casey, Canadian Brandon Phillips, JJ Celis and Kris Kampsen. The newest player to
join the lineup is Gigi Aguero, a former 7-goaler.
Audi's Grant Ganzi, Lucas Lalor and Mike Azzaro teaming up as a pack against Piaget.
Photo by Scott Fisher
Among sponsors returning is David Krantz and his YP.Com team.
Krantz, based in Atlanta, has been playing polo off-and-on for fifteen years. After
an eight-year layoff, he started competing at Grand Champions two years ago.
"It's a pleasure and a treat to come down here," Krantz said. "I try to play at
least one tournament each season. I love coming down and seeing Marc and Melissa
and playing with Juan, he's been a good coach for me."
During the 2012 fall season, Audi dominated the season winning back-to-back USPA
North America Cup and USPA National 20-Goal Tournament titles with Marc Ganzi,
Carlitos Gracida, Nic Roldan and Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Carlos Gracida.
In the national 20-goal final, Audi edged Piaget, 10-9.
More than fifty invitations were sent out to padrons who have competed at the club
in the past five seasons. High goal team owners were also invited.
The fall season is great preparation for the 20- and 26-goal seasons for 2014 in
Rosters and lineups change from tournament to tournament. Evenly-matched teams are
put together to help build players skills and performance.
All tournaments are USPA-sanctioned and have grown in stature since their start
in the mid-1990s.
GRAND CHAMPIONS FALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 27-29, Tackeria Invitational, Palm City, Boca Raton
Oct. 4-6, USPA Fall Classic
Oct. 13-15, USPA Kay Colee Memorial
Oct. 18-20, US Trust Cup
Oct. 25-27, USPA Fall Plates
Oct. 30-Nov. 9, USPA North America Cup
Nov. 1-3, Pedro Morrison Memorial
Nov. 8-10, Palm Restaurant Invitational
Nov. 13-24,The National 20-Goal Championship
PALM CITY POLO CLUB
WHERE: 18000 Jog Road, Boca Raton, 561-289-9099 (Club entrance is the first flashing
light north of Clint Moore Road).
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB
WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth
Road, Wellington, 561-644-5050.