The seventh annual AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup presented by Nespresso, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo tournament, culminated on Sunday, April 24 with its closing day of exciting matches and highly anticipated grand finale.
A resilient Raleigh team, made up of Bash Kazi, Pelon Escapite and Luis Escobar, fought the 2010 defending champions, Hublot, to take the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup title, with a final score of 10-6, set before a record crowd. Four goals from Mexico’s Pelon Escopite, including three in the final chukker shut the door on a talented Hublot team that trailed throughout the match. Luis Escobar from Costa Rica lead the Raleigh team with five goals on the day. Pelon Escapite was named MVP for the tournament.
“They’re a very good team,” confessed Hublot’s Kris Kampsen following the game. “They just out-played us.”
Earlier in the day, Grey Goose scored an 8-5 win over AMG-Mercedes, captained by host of America’s Most Wanted, John Walsh, in the Carl Fisher International Cup with Raul “Gringo” Colombres from Argentina taking MVP honors. The Julius Fleischman Memorial Cup went to the Yellow Cab team in a 9-5 win over LAN/Comcast. Brandon Phillips and Argentina’s Maurcio Devrient scored four goals apiece, with Devrient being named MVP. The 9 year-old Chestnut Mare, ridden by Hublot’s Kris Kampsen, was named Best Playing Pony.
“This year’s event was the most successful to-date,” said Bruce Orosz, founder and president of The Polo Life, producers of The AMG Miami Beach World Cup. “We set a record attendance each day as a result of the tremendous buzz that spread throughout Miami Beach during the course of the week. This year’s world-class level of play raised the bar for years to come and the fierce competition between the players in the arena kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. We thank all of our wonderful sponsors, patrons and everyone behind-the-scenes who helped make this year’s competition such an outstanding success. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
On the first day of this year’s competition, The Polo Life, LLC, one of the nation’s premier independent producers of Polo events, announced the first annual Chicago Beach Polo championship, taking place from Friday, September 30, 2011 through Sunday, October 2, 2011, on the sands of North Avenue Beach, featuring some of the most highly acclaimed Polo players from around the world. Chicago is the first of many markets planned for professional Beach Polo by Bruce Orosz and The Polo Life organization. For further information, visit www.chicagobeachpolo.com.
More than 10,000 people attend the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup each year and the tournament attracts professional team players from as far as Russia, Switzerland and Malaysia, as well as the very best from South America. For more information on the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup presented by Nespresso, visit: www.miamipolo.com.
For further information on The Polo Life, visit www.thepololife.com.