« on: January 02, 2012, 11:44:25 am »
AM side - I would like to play a tough course the first round while I am well rested, like Cliff or Swope Gold. I would like the second round to be sort of a moving day like Saturday on the PGA, give us some pins to shoot at, make some birdies and make up or lose ground quickly, Water Works is a great course for this because even set-up with easy pins it is a great course. Sunday, I would like Cliff or Swope Gold from the tips with 1 maybe 2 holes on the front and back 9 that are set-up for birdie chances.
For AM payout, I liked last years player pack, but I think it would be better to provide trophies deeper down the standings. I liked Columbia where I finished in about the same place in the same division as the WO and was awarded with 6 discs as compared to nothing for the WO. Maybe something like top 3 get a Star disc, 4 thru 6 get a Champ, 7 thru 9 a Pro, 10 thru 12 a Dx or something like that.
Sunday Afternoon - I think most of the focus should be around how to make this as big a spectacle as can be made. I was a little underwhelmed last year, which was more a function of my high expectations rather than how it was actually organized or run. Not sure how to do it but getting everyone who participates in the event at the finals on Sunday as well as reasons for others outside of disc golf to come would be ideal. The bigger the crowd the better for everyone.
Some of these ideas may have been tried before and failed, some may not be possible logistically, and some may just be poor, but it is the best I have.
1. Venue - I think Blue Valley is the best place we have. Although if the courses up in Smithville were ready and we could have all divisions at one place, that would be awesome.
2. Have a central location at the park with the PDGA broadcast booth, disc vendors, food sales, a big scoreboard like the Masters, and some sort of a bleacher section. I think if you have the Final 9 at Blue Valley there may be a spot by the parking lot to put a set of bleachers and sections for lawn chairs where people could sit and watch most of the Final 9 from 1 spot if the Final 9 were 1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. I think it lends itself better to allowing newbies a chance to watch while not worrying about walking or making noise or moving and affecting the shots of the players.
3. Have a pamphlet that tells of the course and the major pro's at the event that people could purchase for a couple bucks, or possibly have an app for download that provides similar information. If I bring friends that do not play, I would like to provide them information about the event and players. Seems to me like the PDGA should be putting something like this out to help promote these type of events. I'm not an app developer, but if the PDGA paid to have a template for the applications, that each TD could insert the information into, it may be cost effective for the app.
4. Have a food vendor out there selling hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. I might be able to help with the vendor if one is needed.
5. Have a youth Drive, Approach, and Putt competition (similar to NFL Kick, Punt, and Pass) that ends before the final 9. You could have this over on a hole on the short course at BV. Get the event into the parks and recreation flyers for each major city in the area. Not sure of the details, but maybe each child has to pay a nominal fee of $5 they get a disc and the winners get a dry fit shirt or something. I really want to play in the WO, but if this is something the club wants to pursue and needs someone to run on Sunday afternoon, I might forgo my playing to make this happen. I think having something like this on Sunday will help to bring people out to the finals.
6. I would like to see the Final 9 be a reset of the scores, so that everyone starts at even and plays for the championship with an equal shot. I think for the fans, it will give the most excitement, but I understand it discounts the work on all of the previous holes.
7. Have the pro's tee off for their final round early Sunday at BV, same with the AM's at another park. Have a final 9 for each division starting at 2:00ish from hole 1 at BV with the pro's being the last tee time.
8. Provide a meal for each person in the WO, and the meal is provided Sunday afternoon at the Finals location.
These are the thoughts of a 30 something ex-college athlete who loves to compete, a father trying to raise kids and a little league coach who loves to teach and help out.