Chuck Kennedy wrote:I knew this would rile the troops on here but the truth is that people like to credit their local clubs when the club had little to do with a course installation any more than the PDGA. I realize that's the reality and it's too foreign a concept for some to get their brain around.
Let's say the people I have helping install a local course are all PDGA members and local club members. But throughout the project, we just call ourselves the "branch office" of the PDGA because we don't really like the local club. In the future, local players will give credit to the club and the club likely take credit because, after all, their members did the work. But from our installation team's perspective, we were representing the PDGA as outreach volunteers and grudgingly had to join the local club to compete for local tour points.
My point isn't to grab undeserved credit for the PDGA. But poke a hole in the regular argument made that local clubs do everything locally and the PDGA nothing. I'm saying in many cases it's simply people doing the work that happen to pay dues to both orgs. But it's easier for local clubs to grab the credit whether deserved or not.
What does the PDGA do locally? I'm sure the local members give more money to the PDGA then ever comes back to their town.
Local clubs are the ones doing the work and would continue to do so even without the PDGA.
10,000 members isn't much when you look at the total amount of players in the country so in most cases the PDGA members are FAR outnumbered by more local players who are the ones who actually get the courses in.
I don't want the PDGA to have credit for something they didn't even know about....did they buy me some shovels or something? If anything the Manufacturers do more for the sport than the PDGA.