I thought about it some more and I’m even more confused now that there could have possibly been any complaints. Well I'm actually not surprised since some people will complain no matter what.
Let me break it down a different way that I was thinking about. If all 3 members of your team were SCCDGC members then you only had to pay $50 to play. Of that amount $8.88 was taken out for extras and expenses. There would have been $3/team for the ace pool, $2.50/team for the cash CTP’s, and $1/team for the putting contest. That leaves $2.38/team or 79 cents per person for actual expenses that did not go directly back to the participants.
For that 79 cents per person you got: shelter rental, course closed, coffee, all of the ice water you could drink, keg of beer, cups for water and beer, 10 merchandise CTP’s, scorecards, 40 flags, paint for the tee pads…I’m sure I may be missing something. I realize 79 cents might feed some kid in Africa for a week, but things are a bit different here. If you really want to complain that you didn’t get enough for your 79 cents there is nothing more I can say.
Again, if all 3 members of your team were SCCDGC members the actual payout was 82.24% of your entry fee. If you include the ace pool, CTP’s and putting contest I paid out 95.26% of your entry fee. How can the payouts not be enough when I paid out 95% of your fee?
In the past I did somewhat use my own payout tables. To try and keep things more uniform this year and use what I assumed was an acceptable payout table for everyone I went straight from the PDGA payout tables. For whatever reason that still wasn’t acceptable to some people.
As I figured to be the case I hear complaints, but no one wants to offer any suggestions. I’ve thought about it myself and I don’t see how I could have done anything different. If what you want is 100% payout without any extras like an ace pool or CTP’s there are options for that in this area. Jeff Irwin runs his POT league every other week which pays 100%. I’m pretty sure some of the other weeklies in the area pay 100%. Those might be better options for you.