Let's Talk About Deadlines!
Aug 15, 2011
Today's tour event in Stony Plain was a marvellous success. The course was in perfect condition, having recently hosted the Sun Life Financial Alberta Men's Amateur. The host club's committee did their usual bang-up job of pre- and post-round organization, with computer scoring, plenty of prizes and tons of fun for the kids. What could possibly have gone wrong? Well what went WRONG was several players left it too late to enter and missed the Saturday evening closing deadline for the tournament. Entry information was posted on the website well in advance, so no one can say they didn't receive plenty of advance notice. Same thing happened last week in Calgary for excellent tournaments at Pinebrook and Country Hills. One angry parent who phoned Stony Plain at something like 8 p.m. Sunday night wanting to enter their youngster in the event angrily told staff at Stony Plain that "...McLennan Ross events have NEVER had deadlines!"
Kids,,Parents,,,please! EVERY Tour event has an entry deadline! Some courses try to accommodate as many players as possible by leaving their entry open as long as they can, but many events close off their entry at least a day or two prior to their events, and that is perfectly understandable. Tournaments take planning,,,making the draws,,advising food and beverage staff of numbers in attendance,,,preparing the golf course appropriately,,,accommodating members and green fee players when tournament entries fall short of completely filling a shotgun start. Life,,and junior golf,,,has deadlines. Obviously, we want to provide as many players as possible the opportunity to compete in our events, but we have to consider the needs of our host site partners in this venture. Entry information for the remaining three 'regular season' events on the 2011 schedule is elsewhere on the home page "News" section. Please read it closely to avoid any last minute disappointments.