Hey KP35, the same thing happened the first tournament I ran. It was the Inaugural Lilac City Open in Spokane. There was a statement made by ?
that we were gonna pay 1st place a $
. That was my goal and I failed miserably and disappointed Dave Feldberg by only paying 1st Place $490. He may never play in Spokane again, although I hope some day he will. I like you only had 15 or 16 Pro Open players.
Anyone that has run a big money tournament knows that you need over 40 Pro Open competitors, paying $80 each and at least $1750 added to the Pro Open division to make 1st Place worth a $1000.
It would seem to me that the Pro Open competitors would also know that you can't have a $1000 1st place prize with 16 competitors paying $50 to play. That's only $752 paid into the purse by the players themselves. As the TD you would have to come up with and additional $4,010 added cash to make 1st Place worth $1000. And that's only the one division, added cash has to be spread across all the pro dividions.
KP35, I think that you did an excellent job running your first PDGA event. I've never been to a tournament where they take you to the bar and buy drinks. Or had free camping, or had Bavarian music played. I believe that a great time was had by 99% of the people.
Oh, and one other thing, there not supposed to be any whining in disc golf!!
If all disc golfers would remember this one fact every tournament would be fun for all.
So you'll just have to understand that people will be disappointed even when you run a great tournament and that most disc golfers have no idea what it takes to put together a sanctioned PDGA event, God Bless Them.
Remember that these Forums are just a whipping post or maybe a whining post for the unhappy players as well as place for Thank you post or atta boy post for the happy players. Most of the people who post on these sites hide behind an avatar.
So Kevin, don't get caught up in everyone else's negativity. And for sure don't listen to Sam's B#LL SH*T because I'm sure that he or she hasn't taken the time to get to know you and could care less about anything you accomplished or how you feel.
If you look at the emoticons, you'll see an almost exact representation of all the folks who come to a disc golf tournament. As the TD you should be this one
and let those that want to be this one
be the one they want to be.
And that's my two cents for what it's worth. Which ain't much these days.