StubbornPuppet wrote:I'm totally new to the club, so my opinion on the name of a league and the bad history between members doesn't amount to squat... so I won't offer it. I'll just say, "I don't see why this conversation is taking place in the public portion of the forum.
I know you're new to the club, but you're not new to online forums are you? People are opinionated and have more of a back bone when sitting behind a computer, even if you know who they are. Fact is, people disagree and there is nothing you can do about it. Sometimes they are stupid points or semantics, sometimes they are more relevant. Either way, they don't see eye to eye and online forums are just another outlet for these confrontations.
Back onto part of the topic. I'm not saying that the club should take money out of the am pot and put it in the pro pot, but should the pros have to sit around and wait while 2-3 divisions of ams are paid out and sift through the merch before getting their cash? I don't. Should pros have to sit around and wait while they award ctp's? I don't, I've played in events where I won the CTP and chose not to put my name on the card, because I knew I'd have to wait around even longer to get the prize, and when I did, it is probably something I don't want or use anyway.
Most AMs are still in the experimental phase of trying different discs, where pros have set molds that they throw and don't really change much, until something new comes out and they want to try it (which is rarely offered as CTP's). Pros have also sat through countless player meetings, so many, that they could probably run one. Don't even get me started on the late fee, because most pros are there plenty early to practice putts, scope out the pin placements, etc.
If the club can (at least) run a few events that bypass all that time, they might find more pros showing up. It is also (usually) more lucrative for pros to independently set up a meeting and course and everyone throw in $5 or $10, winner take all. Sand bagging keeps pros from showing up too. You're right, Bryan Johnson is talented, and so he should be rewarded for that. Is it worth his time and money to show up and beat 2 people and take home $30? No, there should be more flighted events in St. Louis. If 60 people show up, then the field should be split into 3 divisions of 20 after round 1. This prevents bagging and increases the payout.
As far as the numbers that show up at events, I agree with Ron. If we have close to 500 members and we're only getting 50 to show up, then there is something wrong with the club or administration, or advertising. I've (personally) marked the club emails as spam because I get so many of them. When you take this approach to advertising, the message gets lost in the cluster because you get so many emails that you just start to ignore them.
If you have a routine email blast that comes out, maybe, the first Monday of the month (or something), then people are more apt to read them and pay attention to the contents. Additionally, the club needs to do a much much much better job or organizing, categorizing and managing the website because finding the information you are looking for is like looking for a needle in a haystack at times. Course kiosks should also house the information and be updated, swapped out on a regular basis. If you never change to look of the contents, it just blends into the background and no one sees it. Humans are visual creatures and gravitate to what is appealing to the eye. I tried to help and create event flyers, but was micro-managed by someoen that didn't know what they hell they were talking about. This is all Marketing 101, but I guess it is a complex concept for our president.