I think you perhaps miss my point, fundraising for an individual is perfectly fine
, but let us recognize that it is for one person (am I missing something in making this assumption?). No venom here, I hope everyone
who goes does awesome at worlds and has a fun time!
As I stated (and perhaps you missed) in my previous post, for me this is a question of priorities
. My personal priorities are for course repair and improvement, not necessarily my own course (as I very rarely
play Steili/Oly, again mentioned in my post, but sounds like you missed this as well), but ANY
course... These priorities take precedence over funding vacations for others or for myself - I understand the reasoning behind it, but I strongly feel we (all of Washington/Oregon) have far greater needs than sending a 'representative' to some tournament.
Several of the recent tournaments I've run, I've added a sign-up requirement of attending at least ONE work party in the previous entire year, or run a tournament, or doubles, or pretty much ANYTHING that would benefit a cause larger than oneself. You can imagine how OP and many others fared on this criterion. I guess I miss the part where 'representing' well at a tournament keeps the courses clean and well-kempt...
Fortunately, a small and dedicated group of individuals continue to labor behind the scenes to get the real work done.
P.S. - Starter on my varsity soccer and tennis teams in college (these are team sports no?), multiple qualifications for USDGC (didn't have the $$, instead of fundraising for myself, fundraised for new baskets at Hawk Hollow
- still satisfied with this choice
), last year put up $2,000 to keep SeaTac in the ground, ran 20+ tournaments in Seattle over 2 years living there (including annual fundraisers for NW Harvest Food Bank, fundraisers for SeaTac and Lakewood improvements, and a scorepoint scoreboard since no TD's in the area had access to one) I guess it is just sour grapes eh, or shall I continue...?
Now I see that I should have focused more on my 'climb to the top' and griping about payouts rather than trying to help out the larger community of golfers - still haven't learned my lesson though, we'll be TD'ing two more PDGA tourneys this summer - hope y'all can come, or boycott, whatever you please