REGIONAL PRESIDENT'S CUP
Established in 1998 and reformatted in 2020, Regional President’s Cup tournaments held nationwide serve as qualifying tournaments for the National President’s Cup. Encouraging participation at the 4- to 8-goal level, the return of the original tournament format has brought together teams representing USPA Member Clubs around the country and restored the relationship between the two trophies. The 2023 National President’s Cup will be held at New Bridge Polo & Country Club (Aiken, South Carolina) at the height of the competitive fall season. The National President’s Cup gives priority entry to first and second place Regional President’s Cup teams.
Developed from the Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series initiative, the USPA and participating clubs are delighted for the addition of the inaugural Florida Circuit 8-Goal Super-Series. Encouraging even more collaboration across the Florida Circuit, the 8-Goal Super-Series will allow participants to experience the grandeur and prestige of competing at National Polo Center - Wellington (NPC) while also having the opportunity to enjoy playing in the comfort of their home club.
Much like the 16-Goal version, the series will be played across multiple clubs, with the Championship hosted by the National Polo Center - Wellington (NPC) on April 23, 2023. Participating clubs include The Villages Polo Club (The Villages, Florida), International Polo School (Wellington, Florida) and Port Mayaca Polo Club (Okeechobee, Florida). Learn more about the Super-Series here.
The Regional President's Cup hosted by Port Mayaca Polo Club (PMPC) will serve as the first qualifying leg of four prestigious national tournaments, with each winning team moving on to the final event. Should a team win more than one qualifier, that team will automatically advance to the Florida Circuit 8-Goal Super-Series Championship.
To reinforce the idea that all participation is encouraged, players may compete in as many events as they would like on either the same team or on different teams. Yet, if a player triumphs in more than one event but on different teams, that player must choose which team he or she would like to compete with in the Florida Circuit 8-Goal Super-Series Championship and the other team may use a substitute. Qualifying teams must maintain at least two of their original members in order to play in the Championship.
In 2022, undefeated Poplar Hill (Kyle Rosenstein, Max Secunda, Harrison Azzaro, Mike Azzaro) met Mint Eco Car Wash (Cecelia Cochran, Tommy Huber, Lucas Arellano, Jason Wates). Finding themselves down by three goals in the first half, Mint Eco Car Wash charged back with a run of six consecutive goals to take the lead and never look back-ultimately claiming the title 11-6. Read article here.
Hosted and managed by PMPC, this year's edition will feature six competitive teams vying for the opportunity to advance to the Florida Circuit 8-Goal Super-Series Championship. Representing Team USPA in the Regional President's Cup is Active Member Hope Arellano (Woodmere).
Photo: 2022 Regional President's Cup Champions: Mint Eco Car Wash - Lucas Arellano, Jason Wates, Tommy Huber, Cecelia Cochran. ©David Lominska