Semifinals of the 2018 U.S. Open Polo Championship® are Set

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:56 PM

For Immediate Release
PoloLine for IPC

The quarterfinals of The U.S. Open Polo Championship® took place this past weekend at International Polo Club Palm Beach. At 10:30am, Flexjet and Audi played a very attractive match that went into overtime. In an incredible fifth chukker, Flexjet held Audi scoreless and managed to convert four goals themselves; they therefore went in the sixth with a wide advantage (12-8). But Audi came back fighting and managed to tie the game before the final bell rang, taking the game into OT.

Nico Pieres for Flexjet, stretches out to hook Audi player Nic Roldan.

The seventh chukker lasted several minutes, and both teams had equal chances of scoring the golden goal. But in the end Flexjet managed to take the win thanks to a 60 yard penalty conversion. The victory gives them a place in Wednesday’s semifinals, where they are set to face Valiente. On the other hand, Audi will play the final of the Hall of Fame Cup on Sunday at midday.

Next up, Colorado and U.S. Polo Assn. went head to head in the Sunday Game. The match, which saw U.S. Polo Assn. maintain a slight advantage throughout, was entertaining to watch. The match became more exciting as Colorado closed the score gap in the final chukkers. It seemed as if another overtime would be due, as the match was tied 8-all towards the end of the sixth, but Juan Martin Nero sealed the deal for U.S. Polo Assn. by converting a 60 yard penalty. His team will now face Daily Racing Farm in The U.S. Open Polo Championship® semifinals, while Colorado will play Audi in the Hall of Fame Cup.

Grant Ganzi for U.S. Polo Assn. and Magoo Laprida of Colorado battle it out for possession of the ball.

The semifinals of The U.S. Open Polo Championship® will therefore see U.S. Polo Assn. take on Daily Racing Farm, and Valiente play Flexjet. The Hall of Fame Cup final will be played between Audi and Colorado on Sunday at midday. The final of the US Open will be played on Sunday at the Engel & Volkers Stadium at IPC, between the winners of Wednesday’s semifinals.

U.S. Polo Assn. teammates Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juancito Bollini, and Grant Ganzi celebrate moving onto the U.S. Open Polo Championship® Semifinals.

About U.S. Open Polo Championship®
Considered to be the most prestigious polo tournament in the United States, the U.S. Open is the apex of the 26-goal tournaments held during the Florida high-goal winter polo season.
After the inaugural U.S. Open in 1904, the tournament was not played again until 1910. In 2004, marking one hundred years since the tournament’s inception, the U.S. Open relocated to the International Polo Club Palm Beach, where it has been held ever since.
About the International Polo Club Palm Beach
The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, FL each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport at the most prominent polo facility in the country. The 2018 Palm Beach Polo Season opens Sunday, December 31, and concludes 17 weeks later with the USPA 114th U.S. Open Polo Championship® Final on Sunday, April 22. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. See more at

Photo credit to Alex Pacheco/IPC. These photographs/stats may be used one time only in conjunction with this press release.

Caroline Roche
International Polo Club Palm Beach


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