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It would be nice if this tournament was on the FFT, but if the tournament director does not want it on the FFT it is fine. I don't think we should bad mouth the tournament or the TD because he wants to remain off of the FFT. If you don't like how he runs the tournament then don't go.
I'm not the TD for the Barnett event and I'm not the official spokesman for the "team" but I do have a viewpoint. So here goes....
Florida used to have the FDGA of which I was an officer for a few years. I helped to support the sport and TDs with my participation on and off the course. I traveled to Clearwater, Melbourne, Rockledge, Gainesville and even West Palm whenever I could to play and support Willey, Aldridge, Aviles (RIP), Monroe and Newman respectively. I was a TD for a couple PDGA events and an annual fundraiser. I played a minor role in helping run the Pro Triple Crown and the Flying Disc Championships. I kept a points system for FDGA events that culminated in an invitational tourney for the top points' earners at the annual picnic. I have plenty of experience with disc golf in Florida to have an educated viewpoint.
This event is a PDGA sanctioned event. IMO, this trumps any perceived need to be part of a statewide series. I could be wrong, and probably am, but I've been on the FFT website several times and don't remember seeing anything about joining the tour and listing what "benefits" are to be gained. Maybe the TD doesn't feel like adding a cover charge to each player just to have the event listed on a different tab of a website. I'm not aware of any FFT year end awards, or picnic or tournament that justifies a need to be on their schedule. This is not a slight against the FFT or any of the guys involved as I have first-hand knowledge of what it's like to coordinate things in your off-time.
To paraphrase a comment you left about disc sales...as the consumer, you have the ultimate power in your decision on where you spend your disc golf money. This is a perfect example where your words ring true. For whatever the reasons, real or perceived, you don't want to participate in the Barnett tournament because of the TD. That is the power that you wield as the consumer and no one is faulting, or attacking you for that.
I do fault you for feeling the need to join this group for the sole purpose of bagging on the tournament/TD/"team".
So "one more time"....if you want Barnett on the FFT so badly, take the reigns, call Orange County Parks and organize it. Here's the number, 407-836-6248. Once you've done that, please come back and post and I can assure you I will attend to support you.