Mar 07, 2016 9:07 PM

2016 USPA Gold Cup®

The USPA Gold Cup® heats up the 26-goal season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach from March 10 to March 27. The tournament was created in 1974 to be a precursor to the U.S. Open Polo Championship® at Oakbrook Polo Club in Illinois. The USPA Gold Cup® was held at the Milwaukee Polo Club from 1975 to 1978. It moved to Florida in 1979 and became the crown jewel of the winter season. In its heyday, the USPA Gold Cup® was considered “the” tournament to win, some years attracting more entries than the U.S. Open Polo Championship®.

After a 17-year stretch at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, in 1996 the USPA Gold Cup® moved down the road to Boca Raton at Royal Palm Polo & Sports Club. In 2002 the tournament headed back up north to Greenwich Polo Club, where play continued until 2004. Aiken, South Carolina, hosted the USPA Gold Cup® for the following two years. Since 2007, the USPA Gold Cup® has been held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

USPA Gold Cup


Thursday, March 10
10:00am ET - Valiente vs. Flex Jet
12:30pm ET - Dubai vs. White Birch
3:00pm ET - Audi vs. Coca Cola
4:00pm ET - Orchard Hill vs. Lucchese

Sunday, March 13
10:00am ET - Luchesse vs. White Birch
10:00am ET - Audi vs. Valiente
12:00pm ET - Orchard Hill vs. Dubai
3:00pm ET - Coca Cola vs. Flex Jet

Thursday, March 17*
10:00am ET - Orchard Hill vs. White Birch
12:30pm ET - Audi vs. Flex Jet
3:00pm ET - Lucchese vs. Dubai
5:00pm ET - Coca Cola vs. Valiente

Sunday, March 20

Wednesday, March 23**
12:00pm ET - Semifinal 1: Bracket I winner vs. Quarterfinal winner
4:00pm ET - Semifinal 2: Bracket II winner vs. Quarterfinal winner

Sunday, March 27, 2016
3:00pm ET - USPA Gold Cup Final

*The games on March 17 are the last bracket game and scheduled in order of draw per HCTC.
** Semifinal Pairings: If the winning quarterfinalists are from different brackets, they will play the bracket winner they have not already played. If both quarterfinal winners are from the same bracket, bracket I winner will draw between the two.


Audi (26)

Marc Ganzi 1
Gonzalo Pieres 9
Rodrigo Andrade 9
Freddie Mannix 7

Lucchese (26)

John Muse A
Magoo Laprida 8
Nico Pieres 8
Sapo Caset 10

Orchard Hill (26)

Steve Van Andel A
Polito Pieres 10
Facundo Pieres 10
Julian De Lussareta 6

Coca Cola (26)

Gillian Johnston 2
Sugar Erskine 7
Julio Arellano 8
Miguel Astrada 9

Dubai (26)

Rashid Albwardy 2
Alejo Taranco 6
Facundo Sola 8
Adolfo Cambiao 10

Valiente (25)

Bob Jornayvaz 2
Santi Chavanne 7
Diego Cavanagh 8
Tomas Garcia del Rio 8

Flex Jet (26)

Melissa Ganzi A
Agustin Merlos 9T
Sebastian Merlos 9
Nic Roldan 8

White Birch (26)

Ezequiel Ferrario 7
Hilario Ulloa 9
Mariano Aguerre 9
Peter Brant 1