Casablanca Opens Play Friday In Iglehart Cup At IPC

Feb 28th, 2014 | By | Category: English Polo News

28 Feb 2014

Jeff Hall will compete in the Iglehart Cup with Grant Ganzi, Lucas Lalor and Nic Roldan. Photo by Scott Fisher.

Teenager Grant Ganzi of Casablanca will make a little more history when he competes in the Iglehart Cup that gets under way Friday at International Polo Club.

Ganzi, 15, a sophomore at St. Andrew’s, will be the youngest team captain and player-patron to field his own team when Casablanca plays Los Machitos/Heathcote in an opening round game at 3 p.m. in the last 20-goal tournament of the season.

Ganzi will be joined by teammates Lucas Lalor, Jeff Hall and Nic Roldan.

Casablanca has been successful winning the Pedro Morrison Cup, US Trust Cup and USPA Kay Colee Memorial Cup.

Casablanca also qualified for the finals of the USPA North America Cup 20-Goal Tournament before losing to his dad’s team, defending champion Audi.

Ganzi honed his skills during the summer and fall polo seasons at his home club, Grand Champions. He was also a member of the inaugural National Youth Tournament Series title with the Florida Zone All-Star team.

Ganzi already has one 20-goal tournament game under his belt.

Grant Ganzi will be the youngest team captain and player-patron to field his own team. Photo by Scott Fisher.

In preparation for the Iglehart Cup, he competed in the George Haas Cup final and helped his Audi team win its first tournament of the season with an 11-9 victory over Faraway last Sunday.

Ganzi filled in for his father, Marc, Audi team captain and patron, and played alongside Roldan, Lalor and Fred Mannix.

“That was the whole idea for Grant playing this game was to get him ready for the Iglehart,” Roldan said. “Now he has one game under his belt and now we get ready for this next one.”

At 15, Ganzi is one of the youngest player-patrons to win a 20-goal tournament in the U.S.

“I played this game to get ready for the Iglehart,” Ganzi said. “It really helped my confidence. We know the next game is going to be a little faster and little more brutal.”

Nic Roldan will compete in the three-day tournament for Casablanca. Photo by Scott Fisher

Casablanca will compete against the Los Machitos/Heathcote team of Steve Lefkowitz, Matias Magrini, Mariano Aguerre/Hilario Ulloa and Sterling Giannico.

Four other teams will compete in the three-day tournament. They are Villa del Lago (Jim Zenni, Polito Pieres, Agustin Obregon, Inaki LaPrida); CT Energia (Alessandro Bazzoni, Kris Kampsen, Joao Paulo Ganon, Nic Manifold); Palm Beach Illustrated (Jared Zenni, Mariano Obregon, Carlucho Arellano, Guille Aguerro) and Faraway (Hutton Goodman, Martin Pepa, Santiago Chavanne, Mariano Gonzalez).

Villa del Lago and Faraway received opening round byes. The semifinals are Wednesday, March 5 at 1 and 3 p.m. and finals are Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m.

For game recaps, news, features and photos of Grand Champions Polo Club-related events, go to www.grandchampionspoloclub.org.


2014 HIGH GOAL SEASON

FEBRUARY 21-MARCH 2: C.V. Whitney Cup- Thursday, Valiente vs. Alegria, 3 p.m.; Thursday, Les Armour Cup, Semifinals, Audi vs. Coca-Cola, 10:30 a.m., Isla Carroll West; Lechuza Caracas vs. Flight Options, Field One, 1 p.m.; MARCH 2, Les Armour Cup final, noon; Championship Final, 3 p.m.

FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 8: Iglehart Cup-Friday, CT Energia vs. Palm Beach Illustrated, 1 p.m.; Casablanca vs. Los Machitos/Heathcote, 3 p.m.; MARCH 5, Semifinals 1, 3 p.m.; MARCH 8, Final, 1 p.m.

MARCH 5-23: USPA Piaget Gold Cup

MARCH 26-APRIL 20: 110th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championships

GRAND CHAMPIONS @ PALM BEACH POLO 2014 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (HOTLINE 561-373-0073)

FEBRUARY: Halo Polo Trophy (5 Goals); USPA Cyril R. Harrison Trophy; USPA Sieber Memorial Trophy.

MARCH: Madelon Bourdieu Memorial (5 goals); The Limited Edition 8-Goal Series; USPA Regional President’s Cup (8 goals); $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament; The Top Pony 12-Goal Series; Santa Rita Abierto (16 goals).

APRIL: Las Acacias (5 goals); USPA Association Cup (8 goals); Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame Challenge Cup (12-goals); John T. Oxley Memorial Trophy (16 goals).

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

THURSDAY: 5-goal, Aliano Realty vs. Elegante Polo/Tuff Riders, Cypress Field, 10 a.m.; 12-goal, Far Niente vs. Palm Beach Equine, Field 8, 11 a.m.; 12-goal, Enigma vs. Casablanca, La Herradura Ecuador, 11 a.m.; 5-goal, Pony Express at Santa Clara, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY: 8-goal, Tonchala vs. Hawk Hill, at Las Palmas, 3 p.m.; 5-goal, Top Gun at Pony Express, 4 p.m.

SATURDAY: 5-goal, Halo Polo Trophy Final, Series B, Field 10, 10 a.m.; Halo Polo Trophy Final, Series A, 11:30 a.m.; 12-goal, USPA Sieber Memorial Trophy Handicap Final, Field 8, 1:30 p.m.; USPA Sieber Memorial Trophy Final, Field 2, 3 p.m.

SUNDAY: 8-goal, USPA Cyril Harrison Trophy Final, Cypress Field, 11 a.m.

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB SCHEDULE (561-644-5050)

MARCH 9: Great Futures Celebrity Polo Match, 10 a.m., benefitting the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington.

MARCH 17: Buzz Welker Memorial Tournament

APRIL 4-5: Fifth annual Gay Polo League International Tournament

APRIL 8-12: Women’s Championship Tournament

Source: Phelps Media Group