Joe, great idea to hold a mini match play event for the remaining qualifying spots on the West Side. That'll be interesting and exciting. I'm glad you're calling out the qualifying process now. It will give people a chance to start preparing.
This is an elitist event. We have plenty of come one, come all and/or first come, first served tournaments. I pushed format changes the past two years to make the event as simple as possible to manage and for others to understand. I believe the event is in good shape now. I want the 16 playing spots on each team to be coveted, highly sought after. Expanding the rosters will only serve to diminish the value of qualifying for this event. As such, let's not do anything to change the actual event format and let some tradition establish itself.
Tracy, I agree with everything you are saying. One should definitely have to work hard and earn their spot on one of these elite teams. This is not for the casual golfer. This is a team event built for the best vs. the best. The only reason I want it raised to 20 people is if, and only if, we are going to add a women's and junior's division. I don't want to take away 4 of the 16 coveted spots for women and children.
BUT, I don't believe we should just add Women and children divisions because there is 2 women and 1 kid that wants to play. They should have to earn their spot on a team just as the men do. Which means there needs to be more competitive women and juniors. Just because 1 side has 2 women that want to play, doesn't mean the other team should have to go out and find 2 women "that don't necessarily want to play" to fill their spots.
If ladies and juniors want on the teams, I suggest they start recruiting some friends that they can compete against. And we could hold a Women's and/or Juniors ONLY Qualifier.
But until there is enough interest from numbers of women and kids...I suggest we just leave it to 16. And if 1 lady/kid really wants to play....they can QUALIFY, like the rest of us.
Start working on your game east side....
Kansas has had a couple new and old ringers move to town