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Audi, Piaget Spring Challenge Championship Sunday Grand Champions Polo Club

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Audi,  Piaget Play For USPA Spring Challenge Championship Sunday At Grand Champions
 Polo Club

 
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No. 4 Tommy Biddle of Palm House avoids the mallet of No. 3 Juan Bollini of Piaget
WELLINGTON, FL-May 4, 2013---Audi and Piaget will meet in Sunday's championship
final of the USPA Spring Challenge at 5 p.m. at Grand Champions Polo Club.
It will be the third tournament title on the line in the Grand Champions Polo Club
2013 spring circuit.
ELG, Palm House and Pony Express will play in the subsidiary cup round robin beginning
at 3:30 p.m.

No. 1 Martin Estrada of Piaget keeping the ball in play in the air.  Photo credit
Scott Fisher.

Piaget, led by Martin Estrada's four goals, advanced into the championship with
a thrilling 9-8 sudden death victory over Palm House on Brandon Phillips' game-winner
at the 5:40 mark in overtime.
Palm House was led by Tommy Biddle with three goals.

No. 4 Tommy Biddle of Palm House avoids the mallet of No. 3 Juan Bollini of Piaget.
  Photo credit Scott Fisher.

Audi won the three-team round-robin by most goals scored. Audi won its opening game
with an 8-6 victory over Pony Express. Marc Ganzi and Nic Roldan each had three
goals and Grant Ganzi added two. Tomas Goti led Pony Express with three goals.
Audi and ELG tied in the third round robin game, 4-4, but Audi advanced with a total
of 12 goals. Marc Ganzi, despite a broken thumb, again led scoring with two goals.
Roldan and Grant Ganzi each had one goal. Carlucho Arellano led ELG with two goals.
In the other round robin, Pony Express defeated a strong ELG team, 6-3. Teenager
 Justin Daniels led scoring with two. Bob Daniels, Tomas Goti and Pancho Eddy each
had one. Pony Express also got a handicap goal.

No. 2 Carlitos Gracida of Palm House retains possession despite No. 3 Juan Bollini
of Piaget defending and No. 4 Gene Goldstein looking on.    Photo credit Scott Fisher.

Kris Kampsen of ELG saw his two-tournament win streak end when ELG was eliminated
from championship final play. He was a member of the winning ELG/Psycho Bunny team
that won the season-opening Palm City Open and played for the winning Power Horse
team in the Polo Gear Invitational.
Palm House could win its second consecutive subsidiary title. The team is coming
 off its consolation game victory, 4-3 over ELG where Alejandro Poma of Palm House
was named MVP. It was team captain Glenn Straub's first consolation title.
The teams, rated from 10 to 14 goals, are:
Audi Polo Team, 14 goals, Grant Ganzi, Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Lucas Lalor.
Pony Express, 10, Bob Daniels, Justin Daniels, Tomas Goti, Pancho Eddy.
ELG, 13, Sue Gengras, Juancito Bollini, Carlucho Arellano, Kris Kampsen.
Palm House, 13, Glenn Straub, Carlitos Gracida, JJ Celis, Tommy Biddle.
Piaget, 14, Martin Estrada, Brandon Phillips, Juan Bollini, Gene Goldstein.
The remaining Grand Champions spring tournaments are the May 10-12 USPA Sun Cup;
 May 17-19 USPA Eastern Challenge; and May 24-27 Memorial by Piaget.
GRAND CHAMPIONS SPRING SCHEDULE
May 3-5: USPA Spring Challenge
May 10-12: The USPA Sun Cup
May 17-19: USPA Eastern Challenge
May 24-27: The Memorial by Piaget
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB
WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.