Be nice to see some scores??
I could be wrong, but I could have sworn scores were up by 2:12 AM. Scores are up for the A tier group and will be up for the B tier soon.
I want to thank all the players that were able to make it. I believe that everyone had a good time, that is accept for the wives, husbands or caddies that had to put up with the wind and temp today while they watched others play. I also thank the staff that assisted. They did tons of work and helped to pull off a very good event. Next, the Rose City Disc Club put untold amount of work in the courses to get everything in order. Last year Dogwood saw it's first major event and was in it's infancy. This year Dogwood played more like a rebellious teenager. We still have some work to do, but the course is maturing well. Lastly, thanks to all the sponsors who gave money to help with the tournament. They donated money with very little return expected. Please, please, please honor the sponsors with your business if possible.
I have come to the realization, I cannot run full pools for this event. The time of year does not allow for it. In years past I was able to complete all rounds with daylight and even had payout complete by 5PM on Sunday. Those days are gone if I continue to allow the event to fill. Next year I will be limiting all pools at 60 players and will not take registeration after Friday. I would love to allow everyone to play that wants to, but I cannot cause a whole pool to be delayed because I want to get 12 more players per pool in. Because of timing I had to have three seperate payouts and I don't think that the honor was given to the Pro divisions that is usual. A lot of Int/Rec players stayed through to the end and that was very kind. I of course did entice them with give-aways, but still it was good that they did.
To the Open division, I truely wish that I had thousands of dollars to get the payout higher. I do know that a lot of Open players are living off this sport and it is good that Disc Golf is getting to the point where some can do this. As players can focus on the sport we will see skill levels continue to increase. However, one question that I received from several Open players was "could I guarantee $1000 to the first place Pro?" Oddly enough, if the pro pool had filled it would have been over $1000 payout to first. I had one pro tell me that they would not come unless I offered more money. I wish I could pay more, I wish the sport generated enough interest that more sponsors could be found. Quite frankly I was very impressed with the Open players that did make the event and stated that while they would like to see more money they thought that payouts were reasonable. For those open players that wanted to make it, but could not, I can understand. Whether it was because the cost to travel was too high in regards to potential winnings, or other reasons. I beleive it is a wise decision to weigh an event gain versus loss. I doubt that I will ever be able to get big money for this event. I will continue to try, but my focus is balanced between fund raising for the charity and building up the pro payouts. I hope that this does not discourage players from coming, but until our sports becomes better recogized, it is doubtful that we will ever pull larger sponsorships. One way disc golf will grow is by being recogized and in my opinion an effect way of doing this is by coupling with charities. Let disc golf become synonamous with charities and big sponsors will start to seek us out.
My two cents. I believe everyone had a good time, even with the few mishaps. Until we meet again.
PDGA # 4207