I want to first say that I am in no way complaining. I know it takes a ton of energy to plan and run a tournament. I personally do not have the energy to do so. I am trying top make a simple suggestion, and give some examples of my experience, to help out the people who do run tournaments here. preplanning
*** I think the key problem that a lot of players are having here is that we do not know when the tournaments are, and what will be taking place at tournaments ahead of time.
As a matter of fact I am running this information website and I am not sure about almost ANY of the upcoming events. The only information I have is that there is some monthly in Gyeonjgu that I have no info about except the date, and some possible dates for the National Tournaments at the end of the summer.
Before I commit to go and play a tournament, especially when it involves money and travel time, I want to know what I am going to get. Let me show you an example of a tournament flyer that is very nice.
This flyer was out 2 months before the tournament.
Awesome things about this flyer:
1) It tells me the schedule of events.
2) It tells me what I am getting. The top 40% of the players will receive a prize. Pros will be getting cash, amateurs will be getting merchandise. There are standard payout structures made by PDGA.
3) I know how many holes I will be playing for my money. (2 rounds of 18 holes)
4) It tells me how to register. (I should call to get on the list and bring cash the day of the event.)
5) Doesn’t look like there is a players pack or lunch. (That’s fine, and I know that if I want to play the tourney I should not expect this.
Now with this information I know what I am getting for my money. I can make plans 2 months ahead of time if I want to play. I know exactly what is going on. I think this is something we desperately need in Korea. We seem to be planning things last minute.
*** A key point that I want to make is that running a tournament does not need to involve any fundraising. As long as everyone knows what they are getting before they pay and play, we will be happy. If there is a 10 person/10$ buy-in tournament, Pay 1st 40$, 2nd 30$, 3rd 20$, 4th 10$. No need to buy lunches, get shirts, or get tournament discs. If you WANT to do these things, figure the price into the entry, and tell everyone exactly what they are paying for. These are awesome extras, but they are a lot of work and planning that doesn’t add to much the the actual competitive tournament.
I hope this site can be used as a great resource for events in Korea.
***Tournament makers and directors: If you are going to have a tournament, fully plan it a month or two ahead of time, make a flyer, and email me. If you email me the flyer I can add the flyer to the front page, and schedule of events in a mater of minutes.
Let’s get this stuff planned and on the site so we don’t have to worry about things changing last minute. I think we have all experienced that a few times in our recent tournaments. We don’t have much experience running these types of things and it is hard to think of everything. Let’s do it far ahead of time. These simple fliers can also be done with simple monthlies and weeklies.
Again, I want to say that I really appreciate all the efforts tournament organizers are making. I have had great fun playing all of the tournaments in Korea. I have played a lot of tournaments and i kind of know how things go. I am worried for the newer players that do not know what to expect and are not getting information ahead of time. It is a lot of work to run a tournament and I have yet to do it. We are growing as a sport and we are still working out the bumps. I hope this helps a little.