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Old 07-08-2018, 01:40 PM
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200+ folks on a single course sounds like a headache. Several hundred headaches. Just because it can be done, doesn't mean that it should be done.
Apparently, 200+ people thought it should.

Well, they thought it should at 130-140 people, since that was the history of the event, yet they still came. And the last couple of dozen had a real good idea how many people would be squeezed onto that course....and still decided it was worth it to come.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:48 AM
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Don't most events have a cap on the number of players?
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:06 AM
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Don't most events have a cap on the number of players?
Yes. Except when you've never needed one before, so you don't bother, then 60 unexpected people show up.

After which, lesson learned, you do.

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Old 07-11-2018, 11:20 AM
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No Foolin back in 2006 had 193. 2 courses though.

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Old 07-11-2018, 03:24 PM
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Yes. Except when you've never needed one before, so you don't bother, then 60 unexpected people show up.

After which, lesson learned, you do.
I think even with no announced cap, you have to draw the line somewhere even if it means upsetting people. To me the math of 140ish satisfied people versus 60ish unhappy people is better than 200+ people having a less than satisfactory day on an over-crowded course.

Seems foolish to me to travel any significant distance (more than 30-45 minutes) for a tournament that a) I'm not pre-registered for and b) has a rep for drawing a fairly sizeable crowd and then feel entitled to be able to play the event no matter how big the crowd. So if I showed up and was #175 to try to sign up for a one-day, one-course event, I wouldn't have anyone to blame but myself if I was turned away because the TD decided to cap it at 144 or 150 or whatever he felt was appropriate (which is already an insane amount of players to me).
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:35 PM
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I'd be hesitant to turn people away before announcing that I would---a week before, or at least the night before.

Last winter when we had our run---usually we have 30-40 people, but it was clear we'd blow that out of the water---as we got into the 90s we announced a cap of 104. Probably the night before, I don't recall. We figured that many would cause problems, but any more would cause real problems.

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Old 07-11-2018, 04:58 PM
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As the TD I agree that I should’ve capped the event, but for reasons stated above I didn’t. Without a well publicized cap, how do you turn people away from an event that they likely travelled 150-250 or more miles to attend? And to put it into perspective how far from anywhere this tournament is, I travelled 200 miles to run the event... The event this year was a victim of its own success. And yes, it will be capped next year...

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Old 07-11-2018, 05:55 PM
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I understand the arguments about people traveling all that way, but I keep coming back to the notion that if I'm going to drive 150-250 miles or more to play a tournament, I sure as hell am going make sure my name on the list before I leave the house. If I didn't, I would make sure I was the very first person in line on tournament morning (I'm talking arriving at 6am when registration doesn't open until 8). If I do neither of those things, I really can't cry if I get shut out when I get there, posted cap or not. Especially if we're talking about a tournament where the TD says he was "on track" for 150 players with a few days to go. That's not a "the tourney only gets 50 people so pre-reg isn't necessary" situation at all.

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Old 07-11-2018, 06:39 PM
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I agree with that and wish most players saw it that way
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Beyond all our second-guessing, congratulations on whatever you're doing that makes so many people want to be a part of it, even with whatever hassles those numbers engender.

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