For the last 4 years or so the Spokane event has contributed more to the Wa. St. Finals than any other Wa. event. In the meantime the Eastside has grown its own Inland Series and one consequence to the Wa St. Series is the decline of far Eastside participants in the Finals.
When the Wa. St. Series governing group decided to revisit having the Final also be a qualifying event this showed their bias for limiting the number of required trips east of the Cascades to one. (essentially limiting the Westside's number of over-nite trips to one). From an Eastside perspective every traveling event is an over-nite excursion with one exception.
To me it was questionable whether this turn of events necessitated our withdrawl from the Wa. Series. At this time, however, I will defer to Bob's sentiments on this subject and hope that our events will still be well-subscribed. The upside is that the Spokane events will be at least $3 per player richer than in the past. Other than that we recognize our role in the Wa. St. Series tradition and that alone was the hardest thing to let go.