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Old 03-25-2013, 01:16 AM
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DD recently posted video from the 2011 GBO at the Emporia Country Club. May be your only look at this course if you've never played it before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=FUDBVZfFd7Q
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:36 AM
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So much for the naysayers

This tournament is filling fast.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:57 AM
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Looking at the divisions we know are already full (Advanced Masters, Women's Advanced Masters, and Grandmasters) I'm a bit surprised at the difference in makeup of the fields compared to last year. In particular, I expected to see a few highly rated competitors, plus some family friends of highly rated competitors in other divisions, and the remaining spots filled by locals. But it looks like the more highly rated players are staying home, and that these smaller divisions are filling without spaces left fir locals to fill in. For example, look at the ratings if the three highest rated players in each division for last year and this year.

Advanced Masters 2012

977
970
967

Advanced Masters 2013

971
960
957

Women's Advanced Masters 2012

875
868
857

Women's Advanced Masters 2013

843
822
819

Senior Grandmasters 2012

953
933
931

Senior Grandmasters 2013

942
928
921

It also looks like Women's Grandmasters has only 1 spot left, so let's look at it too.

Women's Grandmasters 2012

875
867
849

Women's Grandmasters 2013

843
762
685

With the exception if men' grandmasters, the trend looks consistent, and the women's divisions appear to have been affected very significantly.

They say other sports have trophy only for ams, and that we should be able to attract top am competitors with trophy only as well. But other sports require ams to compete for the privilege of playing pro (golf, tennis, beach volleyball, etc.) or for lucrative endorsement opportunities (olympics). I don't know. That's just something to think about.

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:07 PM
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Interesting, but there are other possible conclusions. I don't feel like researching, but among the possibilities that come to mind:

AmWorlds always has a disproportionate local representation.

Variations between average ratings from region to region (or the threshold at which players turn pro).

Higher rated players deciding not come, but making their decisions on other than payout. Travel distance from east & west coasts, a locale with less reputation than Charlotte, less-known courses, or other reasons.

Statistical anomaly.

It could be less about Emporia, and this year's payout, than Charlotte.

Not being a Pro-Am Worlds.

Of course, it could be the top-rated Ams being turned off by the payout system, too.

But I think you'd need to include more years, at various locations, to get a better idea.
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i doubt anyone who feels they have a chance to win a world title is staying home because they aren't guaranteed a bunch of plastic. i would think the second tier players would be more affected by trophy only.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:09 PM
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i doubt anyone who feels they have a chance to win a world title is staying home because they aren't guaranteed a bunch of plastic. i would think the second tier players would be more affected by trophy only.
That's what I expected too.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:36 AM
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Ams...like all other sports....should be ALL trophy only. If you want to play for more than trophys than there is a place to do that...in the PRO divisions...
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