Originally Posted by Bullseye
I had initially requested that exact thing last year and the PDGA declined to allow it. I can see both sides of this argument, but I think I may need to push them a little harder next year.
So, while that might work for MA1. What about all of the other divisions? Hell, we have 32 Advanced Masters and 15 Advanced Grandmasters on the wait list, and those divisions are only going to get bigger. Do we set ratings caps for everyone? See the can-o-worms you open up there?
How about this: If we continue to attract more and more female golfers (as we should) they will continue to pull slots from the men. What then? Imagine how pissed Amber will be when THAT happens!
I'm really just throwing these questions out there because they are real issues to be addressed, and the answers might look more obvious than they really are. Whatever the case we need to do something. Even the lottery, which is as fair as we could come up with, is far from perfect. Hell, the whole process seems borderline unmanageable. Well, I take that back. It can be managed... just not if I want to keep any friends.
I think prior to next summer some thought should be put into what the goal of the amateur BSF is. If you'd/we'd like it to be the "best of the best amateurs in each division come to Oregon to compete in one of the biggest tournaments in the country", the lottery doesn't work. If the goal is "fairness to all disc golfers, regardless of division or ability, to compete within respective divisions", the lottery works. Being a competitive MM1er this year I'd love to say it's "best of the best" since that'd be great for Oregon, but because of the random lottery you can really only say that about the pro side of the tourney.
That said, it may be the PDGA's perspective that amateur events, even "major" ones, should remain fair and less competitive (perhaps, unfairly IMO, to encourage the better ams to move up). If this is the case, then I guess the lottery is something all ams have to accept. I can't help but be disappointed though that the BSF, the highest profile tournament in Oregon, won't have participants who represent the best amateur disc golfers that Oregon (and the country) has to offer, unless of course if it randomly falls that way (which'll never happen).
( Also note that, while I'm bummed I didn't make the cut in MM1, I accept that it's purely because I lost a coin flip and am in no way honked at the TDs. It's the TD's tourney, and they announced the fairness method prior. That said, it bites I'll not be able to compete. )