By Arianna Delin, Sharon Robb for Grand Champions Polo Club
Some of the sport’s top up-and-coming players ages 25-and-under will compete in the 12th annual Jimmer Newman Memorial Cup-PTF Junior Championship Thursday at 4 p.m. at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Three teams will compete in the round-robin. The teams are:
Casa Dio: Tiernen Tognini, Santos Bollini, Tenzin Tognini, Juan Martin Obregon.
Pony Express: Benji Daniels, Justin Daniels, Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini.
Team USPA: Lucas Escobar, Jack McLean, Cody Ellis, Wes Finlayson.
Ganzi and Bollini are coming off winning the 22-Goal Hall of Fame Cup Monday at Isla Carroll West. Aspen Valley Polo Club defeated Grand Champions Polo Club, 10-8, and Ganzi was named MVP.
In last year’s Jimmer Newman Memorial Cup, Plaid Horse (Jack McLean, Christian Weisz, Joaquin Panelo, Trevor Niznik) won with a 6-5 overtime decision over Pony Express (Benji Daniels, Justin Daniels, Matias Gonzalez, Matt Cohen).
Cohen, a top junior player, passed away in May, 2015 at age 15 of complications from his lifelong battle with diabetes.
The three teams are playing in honor of Jimmer Newman, who died on October 8, 2004 in Santa Barbara, Calif. where he was assistant polo manager. He was an up-and-coming 2-goal, 24-year-old player and son of IPC polo manager Jimmy Newman.
The Polo Training Foundation has been instrumental in the growth of junior and youth polo players by encouraging the sport’s development with training programs, lessons and tournaments for boys and girls. The international exchange programs have been among the most popular.
The Jimmer Newman Memorial Cup-PTF Junior Championship can be seen on ChukkerTV, worldwide leaders in polo broadcasting.
Wellington-based ChukkerTV is exclusively live streaming International Polo Club Palm Beach and Grand Champions Polo Club games along with other games around the U.S. during the 2016 season with polo broadcasters Toby Wayman and Dale Schwetz calling the action.
Grand Champions Polo Club is the nation’s busiest and most innovative polo club. The USPA-member club hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 20-goal in addition to special events.
The club also features The Polo School, dedicated to teaching polo to all ages, particularly grass roots youth. Its mission is to provide individuals opportunities in polo. The Polo School operates in Wellington January through June and September through November.
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB 2016 WINTER SCHEDULE
12-Goal, April, Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Challenge Cup
8-Goal, April, USPA Association Cup
6-Goal, April, Las Acacias
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB 2016 SPRING SCHEDULE
April 21-23: Grand Champions Cup
April 29-May 1: Spring Challenge
May 6-8: Sun Cup
May 13-15: USPA Eastern Challenge
May 20-22: Polo Gear Challenge Cup
May 26-29: The Memorial