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Palm Beach Illustrated Captures $100,000 World Cup At Grand Champions
Palm Beach Illustrated Captures $100,000 World Cup At Grand ChampionsPalm Beach Illustrated Captures $100,000 World Cup At Grand Champions

Palm Beach Illustrated Captures $100,000 World Cup At Grand Champions

Great Polo Matchday on Saturday

April 16, 2017
April 16, 2017
Palm Beach Illustrated won the coveted $100,000 World Cup at Grand Champions Polo Club. The talented foursome of Jared Zenni, Santi Torres, Agustin Obregon and Tommy Collingwood won the eight-day, winner-take-all tournament with an impressive 13-7 victory over Valiente I. The 21-goal underdog team finished the 16-team single-elimination tournament undefeated with a perfect 4-0 record.

Palm Beach Illustrated Road to the Title: 
-14-8 vs International Polo Club (Grant Ganzi, Jason Crowder, Jesse Bray, Juancito Bollini).
-9-8 vs GSA (Henry Porter, Torito Ruiz, Joaquin Panelo, Matías Magrini).
-17.12 vs Valiente II (Rob Jornayvaz, Matías Torres Zavaleta, Diego Cavanagh, Tomas Garcia del Rio).

Valiente I, an 18-goal rated team, (Bob Jornayvaz, Roberto Zedda, Pablo Spinacci, Gringo Colombres) saw its three-goal handicap lead quickly disappear at the end of the opening chukker. They could never gets its offensive attack going. In the first half, Valiente I scored one goal in the second and one goal in the third to add to its three-goal handicap cushion and trailed 7-5 at the half. Valiente I added another goal in the fourth chukker and another goal in the final two minutes of the game.

On the other hand, Palm Beach Illustrated put the game away in the fifth chukker, outscoring Valiente I, 3-0. Collingwood was outstanding at the back with his physicality, blocked goals, steals and big booming passes to teammates, setting up five of his teammates' goals. All four players rated the victory as one of the best in their young careers.

It was the second prize money tournament Palm Beach Illustrated has won at Grand Champions. Two years ago, Palm Beach Illustrated won the $50,000 National 12-Goal title with a different lineup (Todd Thurston, Jared Zenni, Geronimo Obregon, MVP Jesse Bray). All four current Palm Beach lllustrated players grew up through the Polo Training Foundation.

MVP: Agustín Obregon.
BPP by the American Polo Horse Association for the final: Mini Watt, ridden by Torres with trainer Fabián Lezano earning $2500. Delfina Chita, owned by Bob Jornayvaz, was also selected APHA BPP for the final and his groom Victor was awarded $2,500.
BPP by the American Polo Horse Association for the overall tournament: Creciente, ridden twice by Adolfo Cambiaso and Pablo Spinacci, with trainer Gloria D'Angelo awarded $2,500.

There was something for everyone during the championship day. The club hosted an Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny; there was face painting for the kids; Miami Dolphin mascot T.D. and cheerleaders; filled-to-capacity VIP tent with food and drinks with live music and celebrities Vanilla Ice, Sterling Jones, Gayle Bass and DJ Adam Lipson; food and dessert trucks and Audi's newest line of cars on display. Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig threw out the ceremonial first ball.

2017 GRAND CHAMPIONS SPRING SCHEDULE
APRIL 21-23: GCPC Abierto.
APRIL 28-30: USPA Eastern Challenge.
MAY 5-7: USPA Sun Cup
MAY 12-14: The Spring Challenge Cup.
MAY 19-21: Polo Gear Invitational.
MAY 26-29: The Memorial.