This was the model that was adopted and was to be the norm moving forward. The fact that the Wide Open remained an "NT" was only due to many other factors for the area in terms of dates, TD's and event history within the region.
We were to really only be an NT about every 3-4 years initially possibly at the time sharing with Des Moines Challenge (a GREAT EVENT, a MUST play) the Minnesota Majestic (At the time no issues with in-fighting between clubs and businesses), possibly St. Louis (wonderful courses, but tournament management concerns), and then Tulsa as well in the mix for our area.
That way everyone got to have their "NT" status.
It didn't work out as they envisioned, and in the time since the GBO has proved itself worthy with their continued community support, development of DD as a major player in the sport, and determination to showcase how driving sponsorship in a small market town can impact our sport.
It doesn't mean that the Wide Open is only an "A" Tier per se, as the event has only been an "NT" for the Pro Men and Women, as all other divisions were playing in an "A" Tier. It actually does give us a chance to direct an event that will still be of high quality and now the start to look at dates. I would guess that the date of the 19th-21st of June will be the Wide Open dates, wedging it in between the coastal dates of the NT's also still allows KC to be a place to stop.
The history of the Kansas City Wide Open carries itself as a premier event in Disc Golf, this is only a blip on the big scale of what we do for the country and the world in terms of the competition.
Now though is the time to start to identify who will be helping, who will be able to support and draw sponsors, who has the artwork we need (selling WO discs for Christmas would be pretty cool.....) and working with the parks and recreation at getting the event and venues ready.
It takes much planning to make the event work, and we always need more people than we have, so let us all ask ourselves,
"How can I help make people upset that the Wide Open wasn't an NT this year?"