Story courtesy of International Polo Club Palm Beach.
At just 16-years-old, Kristos “Keko” Magrini* has proven to be a formidable competitor at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida, competing on the highest stages of polo in the USA including the GAUNTLET OF POLO® as well as recently in 18-goal play with CK Polo (Martin “Facha” Valent, Santino Magrini, Joaquin Panelo, sub. Bautista Panelo, sub. Pedro Guttierez).
Emerging on the scene in 2021, Magrini has continued his exceptional play early into 2022, winning the inaugural U.S. Junior Open Test Match while challenging for the Joe Barry Memorial and Ylvisaker Cup titles. A Team USPA member, Magrini is often joined by father Matias Magrini and brother Santino, forming a fierce trio of generational polo players.
Magrini competing for Pilot in the 2021 GAUNTLET OF POLO®.
Following a spectacular 2021 season where he won the 2021 Joe Barry Memorial title with Santa Clara while also being named Most Valuable Player in the final, Magrini warranted his increase from a 2-goal to 3-goal handicap after playing with Pilot alongside top-rated players Facundo Pieres and Gonzalito Pieres in the GAUNTLET OF POLO®.
Often seen in the number one or number two position, Magrini has showcased an elite offensive ability that included him finishing the 2021 18-goal season shooting 68 percent from the field to finish tied for third among all players in field goals. Active both on and off the ball, Magrini has been able to draw from experience playing at high levels of polo in the USA despite his young age, competing in the 18-goal and 22-goal at IPC, as well as recently playing for Lucchese throughout the 16-goal summer season at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California.
Magrini competing in the 2021 16-goal season for Lucchese at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California.
Continuing to exhibit his talent and growth, Magrini’s fearlessness to take chances has seen him continue to excel in 2022, attempting 22 shots, the third most attempts of any player so far this year. In his best performance of the season, Magrini’s seven-goal outburst that included the game-winning Penalty 4 conversion in overtime, propelled CK Polo to victory and pushed Magrini into fourth for total goals. Named Most Valuable Player during the most recent Sunday feature match on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field, Magrini continues to be on the rise, demonstrating improvement year after year at IPC.
Building on his experience with Pilot in 2021, Magrini finds himself entering the 2022 GAUNTLET OF POLO® on Scone, joining the defending champions of the USPA Gold Cup® and U.S. Open Polo Championship® and playing alongside Adolfo and Poroto Cambiaso in one of the most coveted positions available. Magrini will have the opportunity to learn from the best players in the world once again and expand on his offensive play and burgeoning polo knowledge.
Magrini currently leads the 2022 competition at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida with 22 shot attempts from the field.
After lifting CK Polo to victory on Sunday in Ylvisaker Cup bracket play, Magrini and CK Polo return on Wednesday, January 25 against Patagones, and will look to Magrini as a young leader to defeat a confident Patagones and claim their second victory of the tournament.
*Kristos ‘Keko’ Magrini is an Active Team USPA Member. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.
All photos courtesy of ©David Lominska.