« on: February 10, 2016, 10:09:27 AM »
Just for the record, this event did not start as "the best of the best". It has become an elitist event. Having to play in PDGA rounds to qualify for a local club event is ridiculous IMO. We should have spots for over 50 players and over 60 players. Without them, we wouldn't have the KCFDC. On the shoulders of giants, standing we are. Let's act like it.
E, yes, it is an elitist (that's not a bad word) event. It was fully intended to be the best of the best, from the beginning. First proposed and organized as best of open, best of masters and best of women. The Kansas City Team Challenge (that's the correct name of the event), is the only elitist event in the area. There are a plethora of events either directly club hosted or held on club courses that are come one come all. Take away the elitism, of the KCTC and it just becomes another of many events catering to the masses. The event would then lose its prestige and luster and eventually just fade away, because there is no prize money or coveted players pack to lure players.
You don't "have" to play in a PDGA event to qualify for this. In fact, there are rules restricting how many players can be pulled from PDGA sanctioned events. All the other spots on each team come from non-PDGA events. If the spots for the women come from the Diva Feeva, that is probably the right call. As the best of the best women from our area really should be playing in that event.
If we want to recognize, in some way, the giants of our community, in association with this event. Offer them a Captain spot (player or not). Not unlike the Ryder Cup does or the NFL Pro Bowl does. If their team wins, their name will go on the trophy, with the players, to be honored for all time.