USPA Gold Cup®

GAUNTLET OF POLO®

The remainder of the USPA Gold Cup® is anticipated to be completed at the start of the 2021 season.

USPA Gold Cup®

Tournament History

The USPA Gold Cup® is the second 22-goal tournament of the Florida high-goal season and the second leg of the GAUNTLET OF POLO®. Established in 1974 at Oak Brook Polo Club in Oak Brook, Illinois, in its first edition it featured four teams. Inaugural winners Milwaukee (Tom Hughes, Tommy Wayman, Joe Barry, Robert Uihlein III) bested Houston 9-8, with a thrilling overtime victory. Wayman scored the golden goal three minutes into the sudden death chukker. The following year, the USPA Gold Cup® was moved to Milwaukee Polo Club where it was played from 1975 to 1978. In 1979 it moved to Florida and became the crown jewel of the winter season. It its heyday at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, during the 80s and early 90s, the USPA Gold Cup® was the tournament to win, attracting anywhere from 11-20 teams.

After a 17-year stretch at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, the tournament was hosted by several clubs over the years including Royal Palm Polo Club (Boca Raton, Florida), Greenwich Polo Club (Greenwich, Connecticut) and New Bridge Polo & Country Club (Aiken, South Carolina), before landing at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida where it has remained since 2007.

In 2015 Audi defeated Orchard Hill 16-15 in the highest-scoring final in USPA Gold Cup® history. Audi again landed in the 2016 finals, however Dubai thwarted their back-to-back championship wins, defeating the team 12-11. Notable contemporary winners include Valiente (2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012), Audi (2015, 2011) and Crab Orchard (2010, 2007). White Birch holds the all-time record wins with 12 titles spanning three decades. Record wins by an individual player is held by 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso with 14 total victories beginning in 1991 and including his most recent win in 2018 with Valiente.

In 2019, Pilot outwitted their opponents one by one in bracket play, landing themselves once again in the final to face Aspen at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida. With tensions high and the chance to knock off the prospective GAUNTLET Champions, the game came all the way down to the wire forcing an overtime chukker. Pilot managed to seal yet another title and an additional $125,000, narrowly preserving their undefeated streak 12-11. 2019 USPA Gold Cup® Champions, Pilot, return this year with Lucas Escobar to defend their title against a strong field of contenders, including five 10-goalers, the highest-handicapped of all polo players. The 10-goalers competing this year include Sapo Caset, Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Polito Pieres and Pelon Stirling.

History was made during the first GAUNTLET OF POLO® in 2019, when Pilot captured all three events to win the $500,000 bonus and earn $1 million over the course of the series. Alongside Pilot are 13 other teams. Click here to learn more about the GAUNTLET OF POLO®.

2019 USPA Gold Cup® Champions: Pilot - Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Matias Gonzalez, Curtis Pilot. ©David Lominska.

USPA Gold Cup®

It is with great disappointment that we have determined that it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our players and fans for us to cancel the balance of the 2020 GAUNTLET season. We anticipate rescheduling the remainder of the USPA Gold Cup® prior to the start of the 2021 season and will look at options for rescheduling the 2020 U.S. Open Polo Championship®.

USPA Gold Cup®

Tournament Games

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020

February 23

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Equuleus logo

Equuleus (1-2)

7

Patagones logo

Patagones (2-2)

13

Monday, Feb 24, 2020

February 24

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Cessna logo

Cessna (0-3)

6

Dutta Corp logo

Dutta Corp (3-1)

12

February 24

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (2-2)

9

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

14

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

February 25

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

6

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-0)

12

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020

February 26

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

9

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (1-2)

12

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020

February 27

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-1)

12

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (1-2)

9

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

February 28

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (2-2)

8

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (3-1)

13

Sunday, Mar 1, 2020

March 01

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (1-2)

12

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-0)

13

Monday, Mar 2, 2020

March 02

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-1)

9

Patagones logo

Patagones (2-2)

8

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020

March 03

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Equuleus logo

Equuleus (1-2)

6

Dutta Corp logo

Dutta Corp (3-1)

11

March 03

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Cessna logo

Cessna (0-3)

13

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (1-2)

14

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020

March 04

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

11

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (3-1)

13

March 04

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (2-2)

9

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (2-2)

8

Thursday, Mar 5, 2020

March 05

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

6

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

9

Sunday, Mar 8, 2020

March 08

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-1)

11

Dutta Corp logo

Dutta Corp (3-1)

20

March 08

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (2-2)

10

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (3-1)

7

March 08

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Equuleus logo

Equuleus (1-2)

8

Coca-Cola logo

Coca-Cola (1-2)

7

Monday, Mar 9, 2020

March 09

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Postage Stamp Farm logo

Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)

11

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (2-2)

12

March 09

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Cessna logo

Cessna (0-3)

9

Patagones logo

Patagones (2-2)

10

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020

March 10

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Old Hickory Bourbon logo

Old Hickory Bourbon (0-3)

8

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-0)

10

March 10

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

7

Tonkawa logo

Tonkawa (1-2)

6

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020

March 14

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Santa Clara logo

Santa Clara (2-2)

9

Daily Racing Form logo

Daily Racing Form (2-2)

10

March 14

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-0)

12

Park Place logo

Park Place (2-2)

8

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020

March 15

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Dutta Corp logo

Dutta Corp (3-1)

10

La Indiana logo

La Indiana (3-1)

11

March 15

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Las Monjitas logo

Las Monjitas (3-1)

12

Patagones logo

Patagones (2-2)

10

USPA Gold Cup®

International Polo Club Palm Beach

The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) is the premier destination for high-goal polo in the United States. Home to the most prestigious 18- and 22-goal polo tournaments in the nation, IPC has hosted the U.S. Open Polo Championship® for over 10 years. Located in the heart of the horse centric village of Wellington, Florida, polo enthusiasts flock to the club every winter to witness top level polo competition that garners some of the world’s best players, including Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Sapo Caset as well as one of America’s top-rated players Jeff Hall. Sunday matches at 3:00pm ET on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field, home of the official licensed brand for the USPA, are ticketed but all other games are free and open to the public.

International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Ave S
Wellington, FL 33414
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