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    Tommy Briggs

    Why wouldn’t they have time to prepare? We all have to register and most register in advance. I guarantee you they know within a few hundred how many registrants they will have a few days after the early registration and reduced fee deadline expires. They know how many gift bags to prepare for +/- a few hundred.

    The problem is no one wants to discuss what a the 19th hole would cost those players who want to use it if the WA did not charge every player for its existence. If the 19th hole is such a large part of the “experience” why not charge those people who feel that way and why should those who do not agree have to subsidize it?

    In other words several people here claim the 19th hole is a large part of the experience. You have the option of registering for the 4 rounds of golf at $475 or you can register for golf and the 19th hole but it costs you $575. How many people think the 19th hole experience is worth $100.00, and would pay it?? How many players would pay $50 for their wives??

    Hypothetically what I am suggesting is when you register you could sign up for:

    $475.00 – Golf only

    $575.00 – Golf and 19th hole

    $50.00 – each additional 19th hole guest pass

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 11 months ago by Tommy Briggs.
    • This reply was modified 7 years, 11 months ago by Tommy Briggs.
    Rick Kimbrell

    Since the WA first started, there have been many variations of this event spring up in different parts of the country. To the best of my knowledge, no other event has one price for just participation in golf and another price for golf participation and the after golf festivities.
    I just consider the convention center festivities part and parcel to the tournament. Some years I have only gone one time. More recent years, I tend to go almost every night. FWIW, my wife does not come with me to MB. She used to but she does not now. But, as far as the convention centers is concerned, again it is not about the free food and drink for me. Maybe some don’t care to visit with the guys/gals they have played golf with in years past. I do. I guess it is a different mindset. Ahhh…what the heck…not worth trying to explain any further. If people don’t want to go, no need to try and convince them to go.

    Alex Grebel

    I think the problem with making the 19th hole a separate price is that many enjoy going for the atmosphere but wouldn’t pay extra for that. I am likely one of those. I like to go to the CC and probably go 3 out of the 4 nights. I’ll have a few drinks when I go but generally no food. So if it becomes a $50 or $100 upcharge, I would probably opt out and miss that part of the event.

    Don’t forget, a big source or WA income is the booths at the 19th hole. Remove half (or more) of the field for opting out of the 19th hole and those booths lose value – and perhaps many of the vendors opt out knowing there are fewer coming to it.

    I think it’s better to look at it as a package. If the package doesn’t fit the golfer then I agree, you shouldn’t come. There may be another tournament with less after golf stuff going on so it won’t effect the price as much.

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