Originally Posted by Lowell
NOTE: The tradition of the washington state championship goes back to before there were any courses on the east side of the state or anyplace but seattle in 1976. It was founded by hall of fame member Doug Newland. the first golfer in this state along with Steve Slasor who also won the florida state title several times. Since 1986 the tournament has also been held in Tacoma and Seattle, now Terrace Creek since 1995. There was no PDGA when this tourny started. There were only the IFa and frisbees. Every tournament out there is PDga. I give that money to the players and I never take a directors fee. Neither did Doug who handed it down to me. This is the oldest tournament for disc golf in the world, the longest running strictly golf tourny there is on the planet. You don't mess with that. It should never be stopped.
It would be good to have a turn on the east side once in awhile as long as it's a fair test of skill and not a bunch of wide open 600 foot holes only power throwers can win on. By the way, this tournament was announced at every single washington series event and flyers were available at all of them. So don't try to say there was no advertising. Ask Samantha Campbell and Gordy. This tournament pays out better than most and always has in spite of turn out. We paid out over $1000 for first with 14 Pros a couple of years back. And we don't take all the amateur money and give it to the pros field either. We give all the money from ams to ams. The PDGA means nothing unless you are going to worlds. How many wash state people went? 2? 3? One of us won a title though. good job Paul Wright!
Good to see you on here lowell, welcome. Tradition is good but if we stubbornly continued to do what was done in the 70's we would be restricting ourselves. Growth and an evolution of an event doesn't take away from the tradition. The event could be run at lake fenwick and as longas the history wasn't forgotten the tradition would be alive. Just because there wasnt a PDGA when the event started doesn't mean it shouldn't be sanctioned. I enjoyedthe event when I played it but wouldn't mind it being sanctioned. The draw of rated rounds gets me more excited for events than non rated rounds. I getexcited about my rating and think todays serious players do also.
As far as there being word about this event I never heard any until sea tac. I don't know anyone that had either. You name two and these might be the only two.
Change is good if it is for the right reason.
Thank you for your continued effort to keep the event alive.