In an effort to minimize a large gathering, the United States Polo Association (USPA) hosted the USPA Gold Cup draw on last March 4 at the Seventh Chukker patio at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida.
Limited to teams and staff with one representative from each team only was invited to draw a token in person, while teammates watched via Zoom.
Haley Bryan, IPC Polo Coordinator, and Jimmy Newman, IPC Polo Manager, outlined the tournament format and conducted the official draw.
The list of participating teams in their newly announced tournament brackets include Tonkawa, Aspen/Dutta Corp, Cessna, and Park Place for Bracket I. Meanwhile, Bracket II consists of teams Pilot, Santa Clara, La Indiana, Coca-Cola, and Scone.
Qualifying for the C.V. Whitney Cup Final on March 7, Scone and Park Place are the only two remaining teams with an opportunity to be named the 2021 Gauntlet champion. The official draw determined the playing order for the second tournament of the Gauntlet of Polo, the USPA Gold Cup, which begins on March 8 at IPC.
Identical to the C.V. Whitney Cup, the winner of the USPA Gold Cup will receive $100,000 in prize money and $25,000 will be awarded to the runner-up. New to the Gauntlet in 2021 and in partnership with USPA Global Licensing, each of the teams will select a charity of their choice from ten non-profit polo organizations which they can support throughout all three tournaments or select every tournament. Both charities of the winner and runners-up will receive a $5,000 donation in the USPA Gold Cup.
The International Polo Club Palm Beach will not be open to the general public during the 2021 polo season. IPC will offer a limited number of tickets to Sunday Brunch in the Veuve Clicquot Pavilion for spectators as well as exclusive pre-sold tailgates and boxes. There will be no day of event ticket sales.