Palm Beach Polo Wins Polo Gear Challenge Cup 11-10
Palm Beach Polo furiously took the cup from Pony Express in the recently concluded Polo Gear Challenge Cup at the Grand Champions Club on Sunday afternoon.
It was a hard-fought physical battle between Palm Beach Polo (Glenn Straub, Brandon Phillips, Kris Kampsen, Carlos Gracida Jr.) and Pony Express (Justin Daniels, Pancho Eddy, Tomas Goti, and Bob Daniels).
Kris Kampsen filled in for Tommy Briddle who was hospitalized the day before the cup.
Pony Express kicked off with a 4-0 lead but Palm Beach Polo managed to tie the game at the second chukker. Goti scored a goal for Pony Express during the start of the third chukker, 5-4. Bob Daniels added a score. Goti goaled again before the chukker ended, 7-4.
It was a fast and furious race with both teams scoring 8 in the fifth chukker. Goti scored to give a 9-8 advantage to Pony Express but Palm Beach Polo roared back behind Kampsen.
Kampsen blocked Goti’s attempt to score and tied the score, 9-9. Gracida’s goal made the 10-9 advantage for Palm Beach Polo. Pony Expressed had two failed goal attempts while Phillips converted a penalty-two shot for an 11-9 lead. Goti scored a final goal 10 seconds left before the game ends.
Kris Kampsen was named MVP, and Tomás Goti´s mare took Best Playing Pony honors. Kris Kampsen played twelve chukkers over twelve hours during the day of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Polo Gear won the Subsidiary, after winning the round robin against Casablanca and Audi.