Some good ideas out here and some others too. Through the years, we’ve had professional presentations and have sought significant sponsorship from some of the companies in town that have "deep pockets." These companies did not get those pockets deepened by making bad investments. The bottom line is that disc golf in general, and the KCWO in particular, have very little to offer these companies in terms of exposure. Sponsors want to either sell their products or have as many eyes on their logos or ads as possible. 300 tournament players is not enough. Getting 1000 spectators out for a final round is probably not enough either, but it’s a beginning.
As no one has really scored a home run asking for $5000 or $10000, Wide Opens have gone for smaller sponsors, as it is easier to get $100 or $300 from more people and businesses than it is to get a big wad of cash from a large corporation. We have occasionally scored sponsors in the $500 to $1000 range, but these have not been common
Also, we have had relationships that produced beer and other products from both Boulevard, New Belgium, and others. Jack and I had cordial discussions with the sponsorship director at Boulevard for Worlds, but it's not their corporate policy to sponsor events with money. Their perceptive sponsorship guy did point out that he thought that it was pretty natural for players in alternate sports to be attracted to craft (can we call them alternative) beers.
Here’s a rough proposal that has not been vetted by anyone, nor have I done a budget or created time lines. Time lines are critical for the success of a multiple-course event. Having a final 9 can be a great experience, buy it really needs to start within 10-15 minutes of the posted time. (Digression on: Speaking of final nines, I'll never forget when Stokely aced #2 short at Swope and took the lead over Climo, only to squander it and losing in a 3-hole playoff. The atmosphere following that ace was electric. Another final 9 highlight was in 2003 when Ruth Steele was the only person in the group of 4 open and 3 women to park Swope #3 (by parking lot) that had been tightened considerably with OB/gallery rope on both sides of the fairway. End of digression.) Of course, bad weather can screw everything up. As mentioned, no numbers have been run yet, but I think if we could raise at least $12K, we could add some good cash to the pros, have a kick-ass party, provide a few more amenities, and produce a tournament to remember.
This proposal has all pros and all advanced divisions playing 3 days (at least 4 rounds) and other am divisions playing 3 rounds in two days. It includes a final 9 for the top 4 pro men and top 3 pro women playing in one group. We’d want to build on what we had last year with more disc vendors, food and beverage vendors, music and more activities to induce more spectators to attend.
Net Entry Fees and Targeted Fields
Men’s Open Division – Pool A: $110, 72 players
Other Pro Divisions – Pool B: $75, 72 players (12 women, 36 masters, 16 gm, 8 sgm)
Advanced Division Pool C: $75 (play for prizes, small players package) (36 men, 8 women, 24 masters, 4 gm)
Intermediate/Rec/Novice Pool C: $50 (trophy only, extensive players package)
Courses: Blue Valley (BV), Swope Gold (SG), Rosedale (R), Water Works (W), Cliff Drive (C)
Pros play 4 rounds and showcase final 9 featuring 4 men and 3 women in 3 days
Advanced plays 4 (or 5) rounds in three days
Other ams play 3 round in two days
Pool A Rd 1: R
Pool A Rd 2: W
Pool B Rd 1: BV (staggered start)
Pool C Rd 1: W
Pool C Rd 2: R
Pool A Rd 3: BV (staggered start)
Pool B Rd 2: SG (shotgun start in morning)
Pool B Rd 3: RD
Pool C Rd 3: SG (shotgun start after pool B is done) (Could play CD in the morning for 5 rounds)
Pool D Rd 1: R
Pool D Rd 2: W
Saturday Night Dinner Party Including Introduction of Past Champions, KCWO TDS, and key staffers.
Needed: a $3000 dinner sponsor
Pool A Rd 4: SG (shotgun start)
Pool B Rd 4: W
Pool C: BV (shotgun start--might be early)
Pool D: C (shotgun start)
Final 9: top 4 open and top 3 women playing together at Swope.