« on: December 16, 2012, 08:20:28 AM »
The problem is with those who continually play down and finish top 5 several strokes better than the pack. The ones who have a great round and win by several is not the problem. Nor is the problem when someone is playing thier level and has a terrible round. I am never upset at those who are playing at my level and beat me, especially if I have a poor round. I am upset with those who have poor rounds when I play well in my division and still beat me and the pack by 5-10 ten strokes.
Now . . . unsanctioned is a different animal. I am thankful that the leadership of those unsantioned tourneys encourage others to move up. I moved up and played ok, and would have been a bagger in the rec division, but I didn't know that at the time. Those I usually play with in rec all moved up and so the intermediate division was last summer's rec. Again there were the few who played at different level then the pack and would have had good showing in Advanced or even Open.
eeastwood has a great point, and it is part of what keeps me playing tourneys: ""what breeds winning? more winning!" was meant to say that allowing new players to have success and win (in intermediate or novice or rec or jr) will motivate them and give them confidence to continue and grow as a competitor and be a winner."
I have only been playing for about a year and so perhaps I don't know what I am talking about. Or perhaps, you who are playing at the highest levels and been playing for several years might want to listen to and think of those who are new and rising in the sport.
Those of us who are new and buying lots of new equipement and paying to play at the lower levels do make a difference in the payouts for those of you playing pro. Even if the pot doesn't reflect our pay-in, sponsors are less likely to sponsor 20 guys playing a tourney as they are a group of 100 plus in men's, plus women's and juniors with families spectating.
By the way, "thank you's" to those who are at those higher/pro levels for being welcoming and helpful to us newbies and wannabees and going to bes.