« on: September 23, 2014, 10:12:33 AM »
Thank you for the helpful reply Jack. I have only lived here for 2 years so I don't have the back-story on many of the ins and outs of why things are the way they are. I for one am genuinely bothered (or upset) that the KCWO is not a NT this coming year. My hopes would be that our event is SO attractive to all levels of pro disc golfers (because of the quality of courses, the involvement of the DG community, and the level of sponsorship) that it is a no brainer the KCWO is ALWAYS a NT event. I view this as a demotion (that's just the competitive part of me coming out) and that another city has pulled their event together in such a way that they were deemed more capable of nailing a NT event. I have been to the GBO the last 2 years and while I personally love the DD people (all the one's I have met, including Scott here in KC, have been incredible people), their stores, and some of their products, there is no way I could honestly say the courses they use in Emporia are better than the courses we have in KC. I guess this speaks to the fact that these tournaments are much more than just courses the pros/ams play; it's all the intangibles (or tangibles depending on how you look at it) such as money, sponsors, environment, swag, atmosphere...whatever you want to throw in there. I wish no ill will on the GBO (that's stupid to even think that way) but I do hope that somehow WE (the dg community of KC) do a serious gut check and ask ourselves, as you have suggested, are we are willing to become so upset that the Wide Open is not a NT this year that we band together and take this thing to levels that demand national attention and serious considerations to be a NT every year. Maybe I am out of line in my thinking (totally possible!!) but I am so proud of the disc golf heritage we have in this city and what we have to offer that I want KC to ALWAYS be a MUST NT every year.