Originally Posted by twoputtok
Paul, you keep coming at this like they are taking something away, when in all reality, the USDGC sees this as a way to give you even more when they do host it.
I use the Japan Open as an example because it has been VERY successfull with a bi-annual format.
Same reasoning that Billy Ray's sells out of smoked chicken on Fridays, its the only day you can get it. If it was everyday, they wouldn't get the same results.
But you are right, this is even more reason to enjoy yourself this year.
I'm curious how the qualifiying will work. Using only the year before the event? Or using both years. Will each state get two spots? Or one every other year? Or if the event becomes huge from this, will the states even get a spot?
I think that this, over time will make the event bigger and better. It is very hard to pull off what they do there every year. The amount of the volunteers needed, course work, preparation, fund rasing......ect. Its a HUGE undertaking. We all want it to be bigger and better and they listened, we just may not like the response.
No matter, we all will adjust to it and it will become the norm. I just hope that they are correct about their decision and decisions yet to be announced.
And think about this, this year they raised right at 58K from Roc sales, now double that for the event, plus everything else they do.
It's not like this is like ball golf where every tournament has a huge purse. I don't see how making it every two years and upping the prize money is any benefit to the players at all. You keep talking about playing for more money, its just playing for the same amount of money once every two years, instead of twice. Now if more events started doing this, say we had 10 NTs every year, and every other year it was a set of 10 different NTs, and the purses were double what they are now, because money was raised every two years, that would be cool!... but if they just took the existing number of NTs and cut it in half and had them be every two years, there is no benefit to that.
I'm not sitting here saying something good can't come from this, I'm just thinking my initial thoughts are, we have a badass tournament that we only get to play once every two years now, instead of every year. It sucks, but apparently it is a reality. I'm sure Innova and the PDGA ... or whoever else was involved in the decision have their reasons that may not be published, hopefully it benefits the players in the long run as well as grows the sport.
If having it every two years means they can budget more toward filming and TV air time... then I am totally for it, the more GOOD QUALITY exposure the better.
I'm not totally opposed, just initially saddened.