JR wrote:Forgive the jaded reply because i get cold fast and warm up slowly. Having been bored to death filming top cards this happens in all of the larger finals in Europe i've been to. The top is so much faster than the rest and it's boring even when you're not playing. So you need to stay limber? Answer: Booze. Sarcasm.
It's Ok I'm jaded too. I understand the slow pace of tournaments even though I don't normally play that way and certainly don't like it. Slow is one thing. Stupidly slow is another.
A normal tournament round with a full field on a challenging course takes 10 minutes per hole. When I was more active in running tournaments I timed this out in order to plan for my events. (In 2000 we ran Pro/Am Worlds in Ann Arbor on 6 courses with 800 players. By comparison, this last summer North Carolina ran Pro/Am Worlds with 1100 players on 14 courses.) So 3 hours for an 18 hole course or 4 hours for a 24 hole course assuming no weather delays. That is a damn slow pace but inevitable for tournaments because for some reason players think they throw better if they take longer. This, btw, makes no sense to me.
Without backups, a quick moving 4-some can handily play a challenging 18 hole course in 2 hours. I'm not referring to casuals who run through a course but Pros following the rules and competing where they take the time to measure their shots.
This last event added an hour and a half to the already slow tournament pace. It drove me crazy. It's like adding 90 minutes to your normal drive time to work without any accident or construction to blame it on. I was walking up and helping to spot on every hole just to keep moving and try to avoid stiffening up.
One year one of my events made a strategical mistake that lead to similar backups. For the Amateur National Championships, held for the last decade at Milford, Michigan, we modify the qualifying rules annually. In order to play Am Nats you have to earn it, exemptions cannot be purchased. One year the top 5 Amateurs in each State, based on handicap ratings, qualified to play. Unbeknownst to us, there were only 5 Amateur PDGA Members with handicap ratings in Alaska, including a guy and his wife and they both signed up. The guy was a good player. The lady's game was not ready to play the Toboggan course at all and one round brought strong winds. When you shank on the Toboggan you may lose skin just getting to your disc. How she survived without a blood transfusion is still a mystery.