Wayne, sounds like sour grapes coming from whomever you are talking to. It is not the tournament’s fault that your buddies are not coming. If that keeps you from coming so be it. I have played straight up golf and have finished in the top 10 multiple years. Only won my flight one year out of 28. Have never had to cheat to finish in the top 10. Just had to play close to my handicap. To me, it sounds like you had already talked yourself out of coming before you ever posted here. The increase in the entry fee is not that big of a deal. As stated…it is only $50 if you do the early entry. Sorry you will miss out on the fun. Enjoy your non tournament week.