The USPA has unveiled the full fixture for the upcoming USPA Gold Cup, second leg of the Gauntlet of Polo. The series will then continue with the most prestigious tournament of the season: the US Open Polo Championship. As in the CV Whitney Cup, sixteen 22-goal teams are set to compete. Among them are Pilot and Las Monjitas, CV Whitney Cup finalists.
The USPA Gold Cup kicks off on Thursday, February 28th, with two matches. The final is scheduled for Sunday, March 24th.
Friday, March 1st:
10am: Stable Door Polo vs. Coca Cola
12pm: Equuleus v. Cessna
4pm: Iconica vs. Santa Clara
Saturday, March 2nd:
10am: SD Farms vs. Pilot
12pm: Daily Racing Form vs. Old Hickory Bourbon
4pm: Postage Stamp Farm vs. Las Monjitas
Sunday, March 3rd:
10am: Aspen vs. La Indiana
3pm: Tonkawa vs. Park Place
Tuesday, March 5th:
10am: Iconica vs. Equuleus
4pm: Santa Clara vs. Cessna
Wednesday, March 6th:
10am: Coca Cola vs. Las Monjitas
4pm: Stable Door Polo vs. Postage Stamp Farm
Thursday, March 7th:
10am: Daily Racing Form vs. SD Farms
4pm: Old Hickory Bourbon vs. Pilot
Friday, March 8th:
4pm: Tonkawa vs. Aspen
Sunday, March 10th:
10am: Stable Door Polo vs. Las Monjitas
12pm: Park Place vs. La Indiana
3pm: Iconica vs. Cessna
Monday, March 11th:
10am: Coca Cola vs. Postage Stamp Farm
4pm: Santa Clara vs. Equuleus
Tuesday, March 12th:
10am: Daily Racing Form vs. Pilot
4pm: Old Hickory Bourbon vs. SD Farms
Wednesday, March 13th:
10am: Tonkawa vs. La Indiana
4pm: Aspen vs. Park Place
Saturday, March 16th:
10am & 4pm: USPA Gold Cup Quarterfinals
Sunday, March 17th:
10am & 3pm: USPA Gold Cup Quarterfinals
Tuesday, March 19th:
10am & 12:30pm: Patriots Cup Subsidiary Semifinal
2pm & 5pm: Sawgrass Cup Subsidiary Semifinal
Wednesday, March 20th:
10am & 4pm: USPA Gold Cup Semifinals
Friday, March 22nd:
10am: Patriots Cup Subsidiary Final
5pm: Sawgrass Cup Subsidiary Final
Sunday, March 24th:
3pm: USPA GOLD CUP FINAL
USPA GOLD CUP TOURNAMENT FORMAT:
Teams will play within their bracket. After the first round, the top two teams in each bracket will advance to the quarterfinals. Two-way ties will be broken by who beat who. All others will be broken by a one-man shoot out. Teams that do not advance to the quarterfinals will advance to the subsidiary tournaments.
Quarterfinal Pairings will be as follows:
Quarterfinal One: Bracket I winner vs. Bracket II second
Quarterfinal Two: Bracket II winner vs. Bracket III second
Quarterfinal Three: Bracket III winner vs. Bracket IV second
Quarterfinal Four: Bracket IV winner vs. Bracket I second
Quarterfinal winners will play the semifinals. If possible, teams will play a team they have not already played. Teams who have played each other will draw from those they have not played. All other pairings will be by draw. Semifinal winners will play the USPA Gold Cup Final.
La Indiana: Michael Bickford 2, Jeff Hall 7, Facundo Obregon 6, Tomas Garcia del Rio 7. Total: 22.
Tonkawa: Jeff Hildebrand A, Tincho Merlos 8, Sapo Caset 10, Sterling Giannico 4. Total: 22.
Aspen: Tomás Schwencke 2, Lucas James 7, Polito Pieres 10, Stewart Armstrong 3. Total: 22.
Park Place: Andrey Borodin A, Juan Britos 8, Nico Pieres 9, Tommy Collingwood 5. Total: 22.
Las Monjitas: Camilo Bautista A, Francisco Elizalde 8, Hilario Ulloa 10, Matthew Coppola 4. Total: 22.
Stable Door Polo: Henry Porter 3, Santino Magrini 4, Victorino Ruiz 6, Santiago Toccalino 8. Total: 21.
Coca-Cola: Gillian Johnston 2, Steve Krueger 4, Julian de Lusarreta 8, Nacho Novillo Astrada 8. Total: 22.
Postage Stamp Farm: Annabelle Gundlach A, Lerin Zubiaurre 8, Mariano Aguerre 8, Joaquín Panelo 6. Total: 22.
Cessna Polo Team: Chip Campbell 2, Gallego Martínez Ferrario 7, Felipe Márquez 6, Felipe Viana 6. Total: 21.
Iconica: Maureen Brennan 1, Peke Gonzalez 5, Sebastian Merlos 9, Matias Magrini 7. Total: 22.
Santa Clara: Nico Escobar 3, Nino Obregon 6, Cubi Toccalino 8, Luis Escobar 5. Total: 22.
Equuleus: Joe DiMenna A, Iñaki Laprida 7, Magoo Laprida 8, Mariano González 7. Total: 22.
Pilot: Curtis Pilot A, Matias Gonzalez 3, Gonzalito Pieres 9, Facundo Pieres 10. Total: 22.
Daily Racing Form: Geronimo Obregon 4, Santiago Cernadas 6, Agustin Obregon 6, Jared Zenni 6. Total: 22.
Old Hickory Bourbon: Will Johnston 2, Jason Crowder 6, Miguel Novillo Astrada 9, Stevie Orthwein 4. Total: 21.
SD Farms: Sayyu Dantata 2, Pelon Escapite 6, Tito Ruiz Guiñazu 8, Peco Polledo 6. Total: 22.