« on: October 02, 2015, 10:23:15 AM »
So I had a long conversation with Rhonda this week and I just felt horrible. I felt that I should share with the entire community the process of which the Wide Open was moved to a 2 tier weekend and the date selected.
The PDGA informed us that the Wide Open in June as an NT wasn't an option (or a decision on dates wasn't met with the same enthusiasm as needed to secure the June date from us)...... We were essentially left with the option of April, May or July. I had to struggle with all other options in terms of Emporia getting the Glass Blown (people coming to Emporia to play 2x) and the Worlds, how many people (traveling pro's for the NT that we were asked to run) do you think will make 3 trips to the area for the event? Would coming to KC before the worlds happen, or would they rather practice on Emporia Courses. Emporia runs Thu-Sat, so having it the weekend before leaves people with a lot of time off requests, how many ams would be willing to play back to back A-Tiers and the expense and the time off requests from them which would be difficult. This was the only logical option to an absolutely bad scenario and I completely spaced on the weekend for the Women's event.....
As many of you can tell from the schedule there is a full month of June, and the PDGA couldn't support another NT/Major in June. Based on this, the notion of hosting it in middle May, made little sense for both events. If you have the GBO as an NT tying the area events into each other should ensure a large portion of "traveling" pros make this a mandatory stop. Another thought was going to try it the weekend before, but April, as we know May as well the weather is a crap shoot, so it made more sense to make it happen after the event to me. I checked with Rusco prior to giving the PDGA our commitment to see what he had planned for the GBO. As they need to book the entire city, their golf courses, etc.... he was already locked into the May 2nd weekend. This only made sense then to try to tie it in with both. Going to July we run up against the World's in Emporia for the Pro side, so attendance wouldn't be as strong there. Going into August is just heat and more heat, and after the world's that close, how many would return to KC if they played it?
To me and the conversations I had, this made the most sense. We have done this in the past a few times (held separate weekend events), and it works.
I failed to recollect the Diva Feeva event in the planning as I was taken aback that after all the years we needed to adjust the dates. I truly didn't think about any other events in the thought process with the exception of the known "Biggies", Des Moines, and Emporia came to mind to work around, I missed the boat on the Women's event, and when Rhonda called me to ask why this week while I was away with surgery for my daughter I didn't have a good answer.
I have given a suggestion to utilize Rosedale on that Saturday for the top and bottom as Rosedale won't be part of the NT this year, but I completely understand the frustration the concern, and the lack of feeling "part of" in regards to the conversation with the weekend and expanded development of the event that I was well was hopeful to watch grow.
It is with this notion that I want to apologize to the entire community for the unfortunate timing of the Wide Open coinciding with what I personally believe to one of the best planned events we offer in terms of diversity and growth through the sport to the women. It was never my intent to step on the toes or to thwart that development. My own hope is that we are able to host the 2 events the same weekend and that this may entice other women to come and play in the event (if she/they (Ben and Rhonda) chooses to run it) and encourage the participants to stay and watch what I believe will be some of the top women in the sport competing in Kansas City that might not otherwise be here.
Again this is not something that I thought through given the short time frame on date decision with the Wide Open. I feel horrible and I wanted to share at least online the notion that I am truly sorry for not aligning the dates with the event we hope to have in Kansas City over the years as one that we look back on and go WOW look at how many women we have now!
Sincerely apologetic doesn't begin to explain my feeling about this.....