Originally Posted by pop
First of all, thank you for a great job this year. It was a great event to play in and thanks for all your effort. I know that these things take an investment in time to put on, and I am sure that everyone appreciates it even if they do not say so.
That said, you asked for and I have a few suggestions for next year's championships.
1) we should play Saturday against Sunday sooner than the last day.
2) we should allow a greater pool of contenders for the championship match.
3) we should play different teams in the morning and afternoon in the championship weekend
4) we should only have two divisions - sat and sun.
So here is a suggestion for the playoff weekend next year.
MatchAM1: Sat8 vs. Sun1.
MatchAM2: Sat7 vs. Sun2
MatchAM3: Sat6 vs. Sun3.
MatchAM4: Sat5 vs. Sun4.
MatchAM5: Sat4 vs. Sun5.
MatchAM6: Sat3 vs. Sun6.
MatchAM7: Sat2 vs. Sun7.
MatchAM8: Sat1 vs. Sun8.
Match PM1: MatchAM1 Winner vs. MatchAM4 Winner.
Match PM2: MatchAM3 Winner vs. MatchAM2 Winner.
Match PM3: MatchAM5 Winner vs. MatchAM8 Winner.
Match PM4: MatchAM6 Winner vs. MatchAM7 Winner.
Match PM5: MatchAM1 Loser vs. MatchAM4 Loser.
Match PM6: MatchAM3 Loser vs. MatchAM2 Loser
Match PM7: MatchAM5 Loser vs. MatchAM8 Loser
Match PM8: MatchAM6 Loser vs. MatchAM7 Loser.
Match AM1: Match PM1 Winner vs. Match PM2 Winner
Match AM2: Match PM3 Winner vs. Match PM4 Winner.
<other matches go here>
Match PM1 (championship): Match AM1 Winner vs. Match AM2 Winner.
<other matches go here>
So this way, the top 8 of Saturday and the top 8 of Sunday all get a chance to play in the championship round, seeding based on the finishing standings of the regular season. If we want to have the championships last another day (or weekend), then rather than having only the top 16 teams, we can have up to 32 teams vie for the finals, which might be more fun. I can go either way on that, as not every football team makes the playoffs either. All teams will play, but they will not be playing for first place.
The down side is that the picking of players that get matched up will have to be figured out. Perhaps captains that are wiser than me can give me a clue as to the subtleties of what goes into this decision. Maybe the captains can just decide who plays doubles and then the rest are ranked in "player rating" order.
If you buy in to this, I am happy to work with you to supply a suggested set of details for the matches as detailed above.
well this post is way too long and I am getting thirsty. Thanks again for all the effort that everyone put in to make this a lot of fun
I like it. It doesn't make the regular season mean that much when you just play for the round robin tournament in the championships, but I like the way it breaks down. With 4 matches you can cut a field of 16 down to a winner.
We could make the matches 7 singles with the Visitor setting out 4 players then the Home team declaring all 7 and then the Visitor gets to match the last three.
Some have complained about 4 rounds in two days. Maybe it should just be one day each weekend after the 9th event. Play the first two rounds one weekend and the last two the following weekend. But with all the other winter golf being offered that might be too much.
We might also try a format that focuses less on the divisions and even go back to total match points in two big 10 team divisions.
Good things to talk about for next year. Keep em coming.