I personally like 3 rounds, 2 day tournaments.
As a Rec or Adv. Master player, I prefer A-tiers because it prevents non-rated players from playing down. However, I believe this tournament wasn't too much of problem for that.
If the spirit of the tournament is a Regional (i.e. multi-state) Championship, an A-tier seems to make sense.
I also like to have some sort of function where all players can get involved. Didn't see any of the Adv. Master, Grandmaster guys all day. Mini-disc course & night ace race courses are fun.
I agree with this. I also like the two day thing. I was terribly upset when I found out about the way the Wide open was done for the Rec and Int. players (though I understand why Jack made that decision) because I wanted the whole experience but still be competitive at my skill level. I went in to the WO knowing that I wasn't going to be playing for anything but pride and while it was still a good time it was missing the feeling of true competition in my opinion. The MAC had that and it showed by how close the scores were from top to bottom.
I think this tournament went as good as any could have! Perfect weather, course layouts, flow, and gamesmanship among all the cards I saw. I think the only real wait I remember was at Rosedale when a family decided to take a -VERY- leisurely stroll through the middle of #2's fairway. Many thanks to Scott, Pete, Matt and all of the DD crew and an even bigger thank you to all of the volunteers! You guys made this event a major success and I think word of mouth alone will have players chomping at the bit to play this next year.
I really hope that the MAC keeps all divisions on the same schedule. I want to keep the spirit of competition alive throughout all divisions. The way I see it this is supposed to be a "championship" tournament so that should make this competitive and challenging all the way through. And if you think about it, the Intermediate division made up more than 28% of the entire field alone (51/180) and it was still tight scoring. Because we were all at about the same level it made this event that much more enjoyable. Again going back to the WO, the field was exploded after the first round in the advanced division because you had Adv., Int., and Rec all playing in the one division just because they didn't want to miss out on any of the same courses that the Pros played. While it was still fun, it was missing that feeling of "I have a chance!" before you even sent the first drive down the fairway.
In summation, my hope would be to keep all divisions playing the same all of the same courses and make it a true championship for all levels of competition.