Only a few instances of the Caddy Book were off, and that was from the information that was given to me by the person that did it. I didn't do my due diligence in double checking all the information as I normally do because it was done by a third party this year in an effort to make it look better. Since I am not running the event it will not be an issue next year for me.
THe weather is the weather. You don't pull people off a course because there is a storm in the area 35 minutes away. Kevin and I were in communication as I was with all the Course Directors about the timing of pulling people off. Did we wait to long and some people got wet, sure, but the immediate threat that seems to be a topic in here wasn't the case. Seeing lightning 20-30 miles away and having the technology to view it on the phones now adays makes the lightning detectors not as needed as some are implying here. The PDGA used to have them and with the advent of the phones and the technology it is easy to identify patterns.
Too many times in our area it rains in Olathe and doesn't at WW, the same is made of Swope to Rosedale. THe weather shifts, we were watching it, and when it looked to be as though that it was going to be passing over the areas affected, play was called. Simple as that. THe fact that it was discussed, "oh it's coming" as Loomis indicated, so what, it is coming, that doesn't mean pull them off right then, you pull them off when it becomes unsafe which is what happened.
AS for tee times, I will say it again and this really @#)(*&(*@#&(*_#W& irritates me, had you attended the players meeting you would have known this.....tee times would have happened if there were enough players to support it. There was a plan in place to make it happen, but I am not asking my all volunteer staff to sit outside in the hot sun an extra 5 hours so you can play on a tee time. Had we had people to be there to make it happen plans were in place to have that happen in the NT division. Tee-times don't make an event, so get over yourself in thinking that, an event is made by the players and the mindset and attitudes that they bring.
THose of you that complained about tee times on the NT, the only thing that I really can say is that with tee times, the event wouldn't have finished and we would have quite possibly had to suspend play until Sunday at Blue Valley. I for one was glad that tee times didn't happen exactly for reasons like this weekend. Someone playing at 10am, was having less weather than a 1 pm start for absolute certain.
Run large events sometimes and you will see that it isn't about you and your desires, it is about the other 308 players out there and ensuring a fair format that works for everyone to have a balanced chance at competition.
Overall some mistakes were made, the stupid Drop Zones at Swope I am still hating that I caved. A caddy book is off a few places on distances and one line with a map.......you didn't get tee times, I can live with all of these errors. Next time you want to do something your way, step up and run the event. That is the only way you will ever get your way.