That puts it right back in Paul's lap, he said he'll deal with it. He has to decide what's more important-his vision of kumbaya or a serious competition.
Can it not be both?
I will start by saying I'm no fan of handicaps, wait, it's not the idea of a handicap, as I have given many holes in mp and alt when the teams seem very mismatched. So better to say I'm no fan of handicaps not been used as intended. Tiewaz has reminded me of how it should be used, I thank you waz for that, well stated mate!
I remember finny stating somewhere that he started this tourney because of his experience of higher tier players not wanting to mix or play with the lower tier players, and we did, and it was fun, I remember having to give up 6 strokes to someone and thinking on the 1st tee, geez what have I got myself into.... I ended up beating that player but made a new friend and was so impressed with their good nature and respect of the game that I ended up joining that club.
It has really been fun being involved with this tourney, it's been wonderful to see it grow/evolve and where it is going. Some amazing cc vs cc matches, but there is nowt wrong with remembering the grass roots meaning of why it was created, to get us out of our CCs, meet new players, have some fun and give a chance for all the tiers to mix it up... oh and of course some bragging rights.
So should we drop handicaps? I think we should keep them and continue as we did last year to make sure they are being used as intended. There were a few legends last year that stood up and said yep, don't want one and golf clap and respect to you. And there ones that took advantage of it, Maybe we don't limit ourselves to guidelines on who gets them and who doesn't and we ask them to stand up and say not needed. The ones that do not, it could be on a case by case basis, a panel that will look at avg. mp stats. credits made or whatever is needed to weed out the ones that are taking advantage before it starts.
However it comes out this year, it will be fun to continue to watch this grow and finally find it stride, because to me, there in no better fun then a bit of good old cc vs cc competition.
Cheers all for caring enough to voice how you feel and help us grow this tourney.
Dotty aka DotBot lol
EDIT: Just wanted to add that once the round robin is done, I would like to drop all handicaps for the knockout rounds.