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Old 10-22-2019, 08:31 PM
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Learned something new today - wanted to share and gather some opinions.

In a recent PDGA event a good number of Pro players simply did not show up for the event. They had already registered and paid their entry fees. The refund policy is simple, no refunds unless requested 24 hours before the event - event starts 9AM on Sunday, so any refund requests after 9AM Saturday are declined.

So, I inquired to the PDGA on what the proper procedure is for these entry fees - as I am not aware of any pertaining rule or standard - (Please link me to one if it exists). I assumed they all were required to go to Pro payout - I was wrong.

My question was, can the TD:

1. Simply keep the entry fees?
2. Divide the fees 50/50 and put half towards Pro payouts while using the other half for current/future event expenses?

The response I received was that either 1. or 2. are perfectly acceptable. With a joke thrown in about using example #1 to take your wife out to dinner.

I am curious what others opinions are on what should or could be done with these forfeited entry fees. Maybe something in the future would need to be implemented per the PDGA?
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:32 PM
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TD's discretion. Period.

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Old 10-22-2019, 10:34 PM
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It is a pain for a TD to deal with late cancellations and no shows. Much easier to set the holes and cards 24 hours in advance and not have to make many changes. I have no problem with the TD using it at his discretion since he is the one that has to deal with the extra work.

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When I knew I couldn't make it recently, I asked the TD to donate my entry fee to the purse in my MP60 division. Not sure if he did so.

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The PDGA has a policy to define when a refund is required and when entry fees are forfeited by the player. I'm not sure why they need a firm policy on what TDs must do with forfeited entry fees. TDs are doing all the work to collect the fees and organize the event, they're in position to best decide how to use the unexpected (therefore unbudgeted) funds. Whatever they decide to do with the funds is really no one's business but theirs, same IMO as what they choose to do with the amateur player pack/prize profit margin.

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Old 10-23-2019, 12:26 PM
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When I knew I couldn't make it recently, I asked the TD to donate my entry fee to the purse in my MP60 division. Not sure if he did so.
I did something similar, except I asked to gift my entry to a deserving player. Also not sure whether or not that happened.

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Old 10-23-2019, 01:20 PM
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When I knew I couldn't make it recently, I asked the TD to donate my entry fee to the purse in my MP60 division. Not sure if he did so.
This is a common happening and generous as well.
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I know there is no rule but our club leaves the money in the division the player dropped from as added cash
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Old 10-23-2019, 04:39 PM
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Warning : The following is a bad joke

I do believe that the PDGA rules stipulate the TD must create a pinata of the highest rated dropping pro, fill it with the drop players cash and allow each attending member ,starting with the lowest PDGA #, one blindfolded shot. If there are no winners the TD keeps the cash.

In all seriousness I don't have a lot of sympathy for no-shows or cancellations the day before on a tournament that was full for at least two months. If there is 6" of snow or a tropical storm than that might be a different story. Fair weather golfers.

I think the rules are fine as they are, TD discretion.

Thanks for a wonderful tournament B, I always seem to play better there. Something special about the place.

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Old 10-23-2019, 07:52 PM
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Damn. I assumed it got used the same way as if i have showed up. Thanks for sharing this. Had to drop out right before a tourney twice due to injury.

No wonder the TD was so nice about me dropping out...

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