Alright, time to add my 2 cents ----
#1 - I may not be able to attend, but please sign me up for a player pack nevertheless. $30 for all of that merchandise is a great deal whether I play or not.... and most importantly, I am helping to support my fellow club members who are taking a chance financially to run an event here in Rochester for all of us to enjoy. I will be happy to support all of these events and am so pleased to see so much enthusiasm in our club nowadays and hope that it continues, because the GRDGC, in conjunction with Gonzo and the Erie disc golf club, is becoming an awesome club !!! We are building a new course every time I turn around. We are running charity events and women events. We are running major disc golf tournaments as well. This couldn't be done without all of the individuals putting forth extra effort to promote the sport that we all love.
#2 - As far as the prize to the winner -- you may want to split it for the pros and the ams so the ams don't feel that they are at a disadvantage ---- or raffle it off, but --- given people are spending the entire day playing 2 rounds, I think there should be a prize to the winner or winners if you split the divisions. Everyone is getting more merch in the player pack then they are paying for the event, so no one should feel that it's a waste of time. Alan, I respect your opinion, but I have to say that your negativity should be kept to yourself and not on a thread that is positive and supporting the efforts of our fellow club members. If you feel that it's waste of your time and money, then don't participate.
#3 - Being a "Pro" is not what people think, especially the ams. When ams play in a tourny, they all gets player packs and all get something from the event, as they should. Pros put in money, get no player pack, and only 40% get something back at the end. The amount of money that the Pros pay to play is always more then the ams as well, so the pros are taking more of a financial risk when they play events, which is not the case for the ams. In this town, the line between the pros and the advanced players is very close. it's not like we have Ken Climo and John E Mccray here, winning every event. When the pros play singles league, the ams get quite a handicap and it turns out that most of the time, the ams win. The pros don't get discs in player packs. I understand that the pros have disc golf bags and their discs, but that doesn't mean that we don't want more bags and discs, if that is the prize given for an event. We shouldn't get further penalized just because we are playing in a division that typically has more experienced players that are playing at a higher level then the ams.
#4 -- As Tim B. stated regarding new players, these events are great for people of all skill levels to get the chance to play together and enjoy a day throwing discs in the air amongst good people with similar interests. It is not all about the winner, moreso it's about having fun and enjoying life. A little competition is good for all of us, but it's not the only reason to go out and play.