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Just finished a tourney and placed in the top ten. But the award was less than the entry fee!!! Had a dream last night about poking the director in the chest and I was mad as hell. Also what about the players who dont have the skill to go pro and wanna earn some cash once in a while instead of plastic.
You're an am. If you want prizes, go pro.
You won't get rich playing disc golf.
Did you get a players pack? Add that to it and maybe it will total up to your ridiculous standards.
GOOD LUCK WITH THIS POST DAVID.
Always lookin to create a stir.
This post usually causes a stir, lots of haters.
I wasn't gonna post on this topic cause I don't want to stir the pot.... BU, then I got to thinking... Lol.
I have only played in 2 UNSANCTIONED Tourneys in the Intermediate AM division. The last Tourney was a few weeks back. I played like Poo-Poo in the 1st Tourney. The 2nd one, I was actually doing alright until I went OB TWICE on one hole, then OB again on the hole after that. 2nd round went Much better and my score went down by 14 strokes on the 2nd round. I ended up placing 9th out of a field of 23 in Intermediate. I was Bummed cause without all those OB strokes, I would have Easily been in the top 5 in my 2nd Tourney ever. The Funny Part was they had two holes that had flags for longest putt. I ended up hitting and winning longest putt on one of the holes. I won a 11x KC FIrebird for my longest putt. I felt so GUILTY about winning it, Even though I Did hit the longest putt, I ended up giving the Firebird away to someone at the Tourney. I don't know why I felt that way, but I did. I guess I felt I didn't deserve it after throwing a score like I did.... I still had the time of my life, got to meet new people, even Won plastic. But, the $20 I spent on the entry was worth Every Penny, regardless of cashing out or not. I would pay $20 for that amount of FUN anyday......
The fun makes it worth it . Now I know.
Jeff's comments reflect how I wish disc golf had evolved. Low entry fees, trophy-only; the entry fee is for the fun of playing in an organized event, and you get your money's worth just by playing. The TD or club that runs it earns enough money to encourage them to continue running events.
Of course, that horse has left the barn, and we've got high entry fees to create high payouts, and lots of plastic so there's a margin to cover costs, maybe make a small profit. It's not a terrible system, just not the one I'd have chosen.
I think disc golf has marketed itself to people who want to compete for cash and prizes. There is an untapped pool of players who would rather pay a lower entry fee and compete for competition's sake. There is no way to know how big that market is until we offer that product.
In some ways I think disc golf has created that first group, by addicting them to payouts.
You could be right at about the untapped pool of players---but it's tough to step up and run an event that may dismiss a majority of current tournament players, in hopes of bringing in others. Much safer commiting efforts and resources to an established formula.
(Though I've been to a few trophy-only events, and they worked, at least on a limited basis).
One way to make the transition is to design tournaments so that the base entry fee covers the sanctioning, insurance, trophies, player packs and other costs. This might result in a $15 or $20 entry fee. Then offer the payout game as an optional add-on for $15 or $20 more. My brother Jon and his team have been doing this with the Illinois Open Series for about 8 or 9 years. 2 to 10% of the amateurs will opt out of the payouts if the payouts are reasonably good. We never really experimented with crappy "100%" PDGA payouts. We always did 140% or more amateur value.
In 2013 the Illinois Open Series might experiment with a format that is officially trophy-and-player-pack only, with no merch payouts for ams. That format might include an unofficial sidegame for the ams that is more fair and more fun than the PDGA-style merch payout.