The NT is to showcase the Pro Men and Women, as such the NT side of the event is only open to competitors playing in the MPO and FPO divisions.
All other divisions are in the A-Tier from the professional and advanced pools wich will be switching locations.
The NT side will be limited to 72 and the other fields as well unless there is enough demand.
It has been this way for some time in KC and many other NT's. As for the Master's Cup event being an NT the pro side is and the Am side is a different weekend. Only one course is used for the event, all tee times.....
The reasoning for this to keep the pools along these lines is because it keeps the pools playing the same field during the same conditions. So you would want to eliminate the women and put in age protected pro's instead? Not a way to showcase the top players.
Speed of play is an issue and as a TD I have more than once informed groups that they need to speed up accordingly (CD can attest to this during Worlds at BV I did so, and he proceeded to miss the putt, I felt bad.....but it was a long back up). You cannot have the desire to play like an open player yet not play in the open field. You have a decision to make, and the decision lies within yourself to make that call. Just as last year with Phil Arthur not getting the USDGC spot because the "A" tier isn't a qualifier, only the NT is. These are decisions that you as a player can only make.
The logic is that we want to keep the divisions as closely aligned as we can, so the MPM and MM1 (pro and advanced Masters) will be playing the same courses, where the MA1 (Adv Men) will probably be playing their own field based on size.
The 3 pools will be this way to help keep the grouping alike, if you don't like the speed of play with your peers, let them know.....
As for the C-Tier, the third one day event is for Non-PDGA members the chance to play on courses used for the Wide Open and not being "forced" to join the PDGA, but pay the daily fee. It is really for Intermediate/Jr/Rec players..... This should enable locals or guests traveling a chance to play here in KC and enjoy the event albeit for one day, and still participate accordingly.