YLVISAKER CUP | U.S. POLO ASSN.

January 30 - February 25, 2024

YLVISAKER CUP

Sunday, February 4 and Sunday, February 11 and Final on Sunday, February 25 will be livestreamed on the USPA Polo Network.

YLVISAKER CUP

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Ylvisaker Cup is played annually as a tribute to William T. “Bill” Ylvisaker, a true pioneer who was responsible for developing the Wellington, Florida, area into the high-goal winter polo capital of the world. Ylvisaker contributed extensively to the sport’s resurgence in the 70s and 80s. Ylvisaker created the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club out of the unwelcoming, wild and forbidding marsh on the edge of the Florida Everglades. Palm Beach Polo Club flourished and the town of Wellington sprung up around it, going on to successfully host not only, polo but numerous other equestrian sports.

As for Ylvisaker’s personal playing record, he began with two National Interscholastic Championships in the 40s, continuing polo at Yale University, ultimately reaching a 7-goal handicap at the height of his career. His notable wins include a 1972 U.S. Open Polo Championship victory, a USPA Gold Cup and two Coronation Cup titles (Great Britain versus United States), among many others. Ylvisaker co-founded the Polo Training Foundation in 1967, and served as its first Vice President. He also served as Chairman of the USPA from 1970 to 1975. He was inducted into the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in 1996.

Established in 2003, the prestigious tournament has consistently fielded talented rosters of up to 16 teams over the past decade. New Bridge/La Dolfina captured back-to-back wins in 2006 and 2007, the only consecutive wins by one team in the history of the Ylvisaker Cup. Additional contemporary champions include Coca-Cola (2017), Valiente (2018), Dutta Corp (2019), Patagones (2020), Beverly Polo (2021) and CK Shack (2022).

The Ylvisaker Cup will serve as the second qualifying leg of four prestigious national tournaments (Joe Barry Memorial, Iglehart Cup, Outback Cup) culminating in the NPC 16-Goal Championship. Qualifiers will be played across multiple clubs, with the championship final hosted on Sunday, April 14 at the National Polo Center – Wellington (NPC). Participating clubs include Port Mayaca Polo Club (Okeechobee, Florida) and the Wellington Polo Tour (WPT) led by Patagones Polo Club (Wellington, Florida) and a series of private fields falling under the WPT umbrella.

Each of the four national tournaments serve as a qualifier for the NPC 16-Goal Championship, 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 NPC 16-Goal Championship final.

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 represent in the NPC 16-Goal 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 2023, Iconica continued their 16-goal prowess (Maureen Brennan, Mariano "Peke" Gonzalez, Lucas "Luckitas" Criado Jr., Santos Merlos) facing an undefeated Dundas (Sarah Siegel-Magness, Geronimo Obregon, Paco "Paquito" de Narvaez Jr., Tomas Panelo). Iconica’s familiarity and faith in one another helped create an early advantage which they maintained throughout the entire game. Dundas battled back into contention by halftime, but Iconica owned the second half of the final, capitalizing on their confidence in each other to ride away with the 13-7 victory. Read article here.

The Ylvisaker Cup will be guaranteed two Sunday matches (February 4 and 11) on U.S. Polo Assn. Field One. The Ylvisaker Cup final will be played on Sunday, February 25 on NPC Field 2.

Hosted and managed by the WPT and Patagones Polo Club, this year's competition will feature a deep field of 11 competitive teams vying for the prestigious title. 90210 Polo, Clearwater, Copperline Farm, Flying H, Mayer Ranch and Novo Polo will join five teams (BTA, Catamount, La Fe/Dazos, Patagones, SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon) currently competing in the Joe Barry Memorial for the opportunity to advance to the NPC 16-Goal Championship.

Representing Team USPA are Active Members Kristos "Keko" Magrini (Catamount) Mackenzie Weisz (Clearwater), Lucas Escobar (Copperline Farm), Nicolas "Nico" Diaz Alberdi (La Fe/Dazos), Jack Whitman (Patagones), Graduating Member Nicolas "Nico" Escobar (Copperline Farm) and alumni Jesse Bray and Geronimo Obregon (90210 Polo), Steve Krueger (BTA), Santino Magrini (Flying H) and Costi Caset, Matt Coppola and Jared Zenni (Mayer Ranch).

Patagones Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) for the Ylvisaker Cup, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs three USPA Professional Umpires (two mounted officials and one third man) at 50% of the regular cost to the club.

The Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) has been created to support polo between 12 and 16 goals. The goal of the program is to build a bridge from low-goal polo to high-goal polo that provides a safe environment for competition which will allow for the cultivation of team owners and the advancement of aspiring professionals.

2023 Ylvisaker Cup Champions: Iconica - Maureen Brennan, Mariano 'Peke' Gonzalez, Lucas 'Luckitas' Criado Jr., Santos Merlos. ©David Lominska

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Clearwater (5-1)

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Juan 'Benja' Quiroga
Outdoor: 2
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Raul 'Gringo' Colombres
Outdoor: 8
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Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 6
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Camp Campbell
Outdoor: 2
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Mackenzie Weisz
Substitute
Outdoor: 6

Copperline Farm (4-1)

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Ben Ketchum
Outdoor: 0
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Nicolas 'Nico' Escobar
Outdoor: 5
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Felipe 'Pipe' Vercellino
Outdoor: 7
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Lucas Escobar
Outdoor: 4

Flying H (3-1)

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Will Johnston
Outdoor: 1
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Miguel 'Miki' Novillo Astrada Jr.
Outdoor: 2
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Miguel Novillo Astrada Sr.
Outdoor: 8
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Santino Magrini
Outdoor: 4
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Tomas Panelo
Substitute
Outdoor: 9

BTA (1-3)

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Ignacio 'Nachi' Viana
Outdoor: 6
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Alfonso Pieres
Outdoor: 5
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Steve Krueger
Outdoor: 5
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Kelly Beal
Outdoor: 0

Catamount (1-3)

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Scott Devon
Outdoor: 0
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Rufino Merlos
Outdoor: 3
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Kristos 'Keko' Magrini
Outdoor: 6
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Lucas 'Luckitas' Criado Jr.
Outdoor: 7
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Antonio de Narvaez
Substitute
Outdoor: 0
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Florencio Lanusse
Substitute
Outdoor: 0
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Felipe Viana
Substitute
Outdoor: 6

La Fe/Dazos (0-4)

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David Farache
Outdoor: 0
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Roberto 'Robi' Bilbao
Outdoor: 6
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Francisco Elizalde
Outdoor: 9
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Louis Devaleix
Outdoor: 1
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Nicolas 'Nico' Diaz Alberdi
Substitute
Outdoor: 4
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Agustin 'Baldo' Palomeque
Substitute
Outdoor: 4
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Facundo Llosa
Substitute
Outdoor: 7
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Pedro Falabella
Substitute
Outdoor: 7

Bracket II

Mayer Ranch (4-1)

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Kenneth Mayer
Outdoor: 0
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Matt Coppola
Outdoor: 5
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Costi Caset
Outdoor: 5
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Jared Zenni
Outdoor: 6

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon (3-3)

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Sayyu Dantata Jr.
Outdoor: 1
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Cesar 'Peco' Polledo
Outdoor: 6
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Mariano 'Nino' Obregon Jr.
Outdoor: 6
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Stevie Orthwein
Outdoor: 3

90210 Polo (2-2)

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Sarah Siegel-Magness
Outdoor: 0
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Geronimo Obregon
Outdoor: 5
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Jesse Bray
Outdoor: 7
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Louis Hine
Outdoor: 4
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Cable Magness
Substitute
Outdoor: 1
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Juan Cruz 'Cacu' Marcos
Substitute
Outdoor: 3

Patagones (1-3)

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Jack Whitman
Outdoor: 2
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Joaquin Avendaño
Outdoor: 4
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Edward Banner-Eve
Outdoor: 5
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Santiago Wulff
Outdoor: 5
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Juanse Olivera
Substitute
Outdoor: 3

Novo Polo (1-3)

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Baljit Sierra
Outdoor: 0
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Santiago Llavallol
Outdoor: 5
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Facundo Obregon
Outdoor: 6
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Brandon Phillips
Outdoor: 4

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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YLVISAKER CUP

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2024

January 30

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Mayer Ranch logo

Mayer Ranch (4-1)

15

Novo Polo logo

Novo Polo (1-3)

13

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024

January 31

Final OT

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

BTA logo

BTA (1-3)

8

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (5-1)

9

Thursday, Feb 1, 2024

February 01

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

La Fe/Dazos logo

La Fe/Dazos (0-4)

7

Catamount logo

Catamount (1-3)

12

February 01

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Copperline Farm logo

Copperline Farm (4-1)

11

Flying H logo

Flying H (3-1)

8

February 01

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Patagones logo

Patagones (1-3)

8

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon logo

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon (3-3)

9

Sunday, Feb 4, 2024

February 04

Final OT

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon logo

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon (3-3)

12

90210 Polo logo

90210 Polo (2-2)

11

February 04

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (5-1)

6

Copperline Farm logo

Copperline Farm (4-1)

9

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2024

February 06

Final OT

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Catamount logo

Catamount (1-3)

11

Flying H logo

Flying H (3-1)

12

February 06

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Mayer Ranch logo

Mayer Ranch (4-1)

12

Patagones logo

Patagones (1-3)

10

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024

February 07

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

BTA logo

BTA (1-3)

14

La Fe/Dazos logo

La Fe/Dazos (0-4)

12

Thursday, Feb 8, 2024

February 08

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Novo Polo logo

Novo Polo (1-3)

12

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon logo

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon (3-3)

9

Saturday, Feb 10, 2024

February 10

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Mayer Ranch logo

Mayer Ranch (4-1)

14

90210 Polo logo

90210 Polo (2-2)

13

Sunday, Feb 11, 2024

February 11

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

BTA logo

BTA (1-3)

9

Copperline Farm logo

Copperline Farm (4-1)

10

February 11

Final OT

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Novo Polo logo

Novo Polo (1-3)

11

Patagones logo

Patagones (1-3)

12

Monday, Feb 12, 2024

February 12

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

La Fe/Dazos logo

La Fe/Dazos (0-4)

6

Flying H logo

Flying H (3-1)

13

February 12

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (5-1)

14

Catamount logo

Catamount (1-3)

12

Friday, Feb 16, 2024

February 16

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Catamount logo

Catamount (1-3)

11

Copperline Farm logo

Copperline Farm (4-1)

12

February 16

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Novo Polo logo

Novo Polo (1-3)

9

90210 Polo logo

90210 Polo (2-2)

10

Saturday, Feb 17, 2024

February 17

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (5-1)

9

La Fe/Dazos logo

La Fe/Dazos (0-4)

7

February 17

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Patagones Polo Club

Mayer Ranch logo

Mayer Ranch (4-1)

14

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon logo

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon (3-3)

9

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024

February 20

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Port Mayaca Polo Club

Flying H logo

Flying H (3-1)

7

BTA logo

BTA (1-3)

5

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024

February 21

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

Port Mayaca Polo Club

90210 Polo logo

90210 Polo (2-2)

9

Patagones logo

Patagones (1-3)

5

Thursday, Feb 22, 2024

February 22

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon logo

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon (3-3)

10

Copperline Farm logo

Copperline Farm (4-1)

9

February 22

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

Mayer Ranch logo

Mayer Ranch (4-1)

11

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (5-1)

13

Sunday, Feb 25, 2024

February 25

Final

Ylvisaker Cup

National Polo Center - Wellington

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon logo

SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon (3-3)

13

Clearwater logo

Clearwater (5-1)

14

YLVISAKER CUP

HOST CLUB

Founded by Gonzalo Avendaño in 2004, Patagones Polo Club is located in the heart of Wellington, Florida, with a second club in Argentina. Hosting 16-goal polo as part of the Wellington Polo Tour (WPT), Patagones Polo Club fields some of the top players in the world on their grounds, but the family organization provides the soul of the club. Avendaño's sons Benjamin and Joaquin compete regularly under the Patagones name on the high-goal stage.


4656 125th Ave South
Wellington, FL 33449
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YLVISAKER CUP

THE VENUE

The National Polo Center – Wellington (NPC) is located in the heart of South Florida’s legendary horse country. The perpetual home for polo in America, NPC is owned and managed by the United States Polo Association to showcase the finest the sport has to offer. The Association’s premier event, the Gauntlet of Polo, takes place from February to April each winter season showcasing the world’s preeminent teams, professional athletes and finest horses which come together for three months to battle head-to-head for the coveted C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship trophies. Throughout the year, the facilities are also used to showcase USPA Member Clubs and prestigious national tournament competition.

The entrance to the club is via a palm tree-lined drive, that leads past tennis courts to the steps of the magnificent pool and Mallet Grille. The natural Florida terrain is augmented by a large lake, lush tropical landscaping and some of the most carefully manicured polo fields in the world. Spectating from the stadium, private boxes, fieldside tailgates and special hospitality tents, all overlooking U.S. Polo Assn. Field One, is an unparalleled experience.

NPC invites you to experience the best polo in the country, taking place at one of the most beautiful venues in the world, the National Polo Center – Wellington.


3667 120th Ave S
Wellington, FL 33414
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