Alright, so the match play tournament has ran pretty smooth overall but, I think we're going to run into some problems eventually. The fact of the matter is there is an elite group of players that will most likely win every single one of these tournaments. Eventually I think the idea of constantly having to match up in the early rounds against folks like AvatarLee, BrandonW and CKEVIN2 is gonna wear thin for some people after a while.
In order to combat this I'm thinking about creating a flight system moving forward. The ideal set-up would be to have three flights (much like we have tiers) but instead we base our groupings on your averages. Average isn't the greatest thing to use I suppose, but it's all we have at the moment. Flights are how folks are separated (by handicap) at the local country club tournaments and such, so it is fitting to do so here. This gives everyone a chance to compete in an event that they have a legitimate chance to win or at the very least, go deep in the tournament. Here's how I would set it up.
Championship Flight (Avg <= 66.99)
The Championship Flight represents the elite group of players. Folks in this flight are generally capable of shooting under par every single round and are well within their means to shoot 29, 30 or 31. My only concern here is there is the fewest amount of people in this group, thus tournaments will be small, but competitive.
Professional Flight (Avg 67.00 - 70.99)
This would be the largest populated bracket, thus the smaller window. Folks in this flight are capable of shooting under par about 80% of the time and might drop a 30, 31 or a 32 on a real good day. No real concerns for this bracket.
Amateur Flight (Avg >= 71.00)
This is the flight for everyone else. Folks in this flight may struggle to get under par. My concern for this bracket isn't group size, but participation. Would there be enough interest? If there's only enough interest to fill 2 flights then this would simply be combined with the Pro flight.
Every so often we could revert back and do a big tournament like we did for January but, I think doing flights will be more fun and it will keep more folks playing for longer. What do you guys think?
I'm also looking for any ideas on how to execute different types of tournaments besides just match play format.