Some have had issues clicking on the prereg link through illinoisopenseries.com, I know what the problem is, but cannot fix it until after IOS#51. Using this link solves the problem: http://krupicka.org/ios/preregister-ios-51
The ace fund is only active during the normal rounds. Every player on a given day has the same number of chances to hit an ace. In this case 42. Even so, three of the final four holes are not reachable from the tee anyway.
We are hoping that the baskets will be repaired before the tournament. If not, we have enough Chainstars to put in place if needed for the tournament. Just means I will have a little more work to do setting up Saturday morning.
I have updated the course map for the event (link on illinoisopenseries.com). A couple changes this year, 13A (short shot up the path) will not be used. But we are going to do two holes on the East side of the tracks. Hole 20 will a 500 ft. toss. Hole 21 will be shorter with a mando. Hole 20 may also have a mando. Still considering it to keep throws well away from the parking lot.
For this event only we are bringing back the final four. The top four players from the MPO division will have a four hole final round. These are special safari holes that we can't normally do. There will be a give away of a custom stamped iOS50! disc to a random spectator watching the final four compete. This giveaway is open to everyone, but the spectator winner must be present at the awards ceremony to claim their prize.
Safari holes are also posted on the course map. If you do practice these special holes, please be considerate of others playing the normal flow of the course.
It's a lot easier for everyone: players and tournament staff, if players re-up their PDGA membership at least a week before the event. This allows time for the PDGA to process it and get it updated in their database prior to the event.
Knowing how much work it is to TD events (and do them well), my intention is not to give you grief or criticize your decisions. I'm merely want to help educate and make sure misinformation is not floating out there.
btw The rating stuff I can make sense of, but that is because I've been following this for years back when more of the tidbits of the rating system were public.
Thanks for expending the effort to put on events. It's not an easy job.
I just saw this. Thor, your comments about the rating system are not accurate. There is no minimum number of tournaments, high rated rounds are never dropped, and unfortunately the PDGA office does nothing if someone plays in the wrong division unless some complains about it. LoPresti was rated 921 as of 11/22/11. If he was allowed to play Rec at your tournament, that was a mistake and should not have occurred.
While the TD is generally held responsible by the players to enforce division guidelines and a good TD does his best to enforce them to keep his players happy, the responsibility for a player playing in the correct division rests solely on the player's shoulders (see the competition manual section 2.1). If someone complains to the PDGA about a player playing in the wrong division, it is will be the player that receives the disciplinary action.