On the past weekend the first round of the U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious polo tournament in the US, took place at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, located in Wellington, Florida.

In the opening match team Lucchese, including John Muse (0), Magoo Laprida (8), Nico Pieres (8) and 10-goaler Sapo Caset, encountered team Flexjet, including Melissa Ganzi (0), Agustin Merlos (9), Sebastian Merlos (9) and Nic Roldan (8), in an exciting head-to-head race, which was decided in the final chukka. In the end, Lucchese defeated Flexjet by 13-11. The second match of the day featured 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, playing with Rashid Albwardy (2), Alejo Taranco (6) and Facundo Sola (8) for team Dubai, competing against Gillian Johnston (2), Sugar Erskine (7), Julio Arellano (8) and Miguel Astrada (9) for team Coca Cola. In the beginning of the match, Coca Cola took the lead by scoring three goals, but then Dubai piled the pressure and caught up. The match ended by 14-8 in favour of Dubai.

In the first match of the second day, Orchard Hill, including Steve van Andel (0), Facundo Pieres (10), Julian De Lussareta (6) and Juan Martin Nero (10), took the field against Audi, consisting of Marc Ganzi (1), Gonzalo Pieres (9), Rodrigo Andrade (9) and Freddie Mannix (7), with Juan Martin Nero Nero filling in for 10-goaler Polito Pieres who suffered a shoulder separation in the team’s USPA Gold Cup quarterfinal win against Flexjet. From the beginning Orchard Hill dominated the match, going into the third chukka with a 5-0 lead. Audi tried to gain ground, but could not catch up. Finally Orchard Hill won against Audi by 12-10. In the second US Open match of the day White Birch, including Mariano Obregon (7), Hilario Ulloa (9), Mariano Aguerre (9) and Peter Brant (1), took the wind out of the defending champions Valiente team, consisting of Bob Jornayvaz (2), Santi Torres (7), Tomas Garcia del Rio (8) and Alfredo Capella (9), with an 11-7 win.

Next weekend will see White Birch encountering Coca Cola and Valiente facing Dubai on Saturday. On Sunday Flexjet will play against Audi and Orchard Hill will meet Lucchese.

For more information about the U.S. Open Polo Championship, including ticketing and hospitality options, please visit InternationalPoloClub.com or call 561-204-5687.

The teams:
Bracket I
White Birch (26)

Mariano Obregon (7)
Hilario Ulloa (9)
Mariano Aguerre (9)
Peter Brant (1)

Valiente
Bob Jornayvaz (2)
Santi Torres (7)
Tomas Garcia del Rio (8)
Alfredo Capella (9)

Coca Cola (26)
Gillian Johnston (2)
Sugar Erskine (7)
Julio Arellano (8)
Miguel Astrada (9)

Dubai
Rashid Albwardy (2)
Alejo Taranco (6)
Adolfo Cambiaso (10)
Facundo Sola (8)

Bracket II
Lucchese (26)
John Muse (0)
Magoo Laprida (8)
Nico Pieres (8)
Sapo Caset (10)

Flexjet (26)
Melissa Ganzi (0)
Agustin Merlos (9)
Sebastian Merlos (9)
Nic Roldan (8)

Orchard Hill
Steve van Andel (0)
Facundo Pieres (10)
Julian De Lussareta (6)
Juan Martin Nero (10)

Audi (26)
Marc Ganzi (1)
Gonzalo Pieres (9)
Rodrigo Andrade (9)
Freddie Mannix (7)


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