Sprague wrote:First, let’s be clear. This tournament has never excluded women. It has only shifted to not having requirements for who you can bring (bring your best).
Second, many deserving players will not make it onto a team.
Third, have you researched the turnout for women at Iowa tournaments in 2012? The only tournament I’ve found that fielded more than 6 women is the G&L Clothing Challenge with 14, and I can verify that 6 of them for sure were not from Iowa (reduce that number now to 8 or less depending on the where the other players I didn’t recognize are from). The Rumble was 2nd at 6. The average turnout for women in all divisions appears to be around 3. Please review my numbers, I don’t want to misspeak here.
So now in one breath I’m hearing “let’s get more teams” and in another breath “let’s require a women player”, but the reality is if we required a female spot – this tournament would have the largest women’s turnout anywhere in Iowa. If the demand was there, more women would be playing tournaments in general.
I recommend that anyone that is feeling excluded from this event become a captain and start getting a team together – the tournament has yet to fill. This would accomplish two goals 1) more teams 2) everyone who wants to play bad enough can.
Not trying to offend anyone. Trust me, I’ve had to think this through several times (my wife is a great player). The numbers just don’t support making a requirement and that’s why I’ve tried to develop a bonus scenario for teams that bring a lady with them (they would compete in a separate event with extra credit to your team and they would join the 8 person alternate as a mulligan).
I agree with Chris on all accounts. I was wrong about the 3 years I played before this year (as a Captain). 2003 & 2004 I played for Ottumwa but it was totally NOT required to have a female on the team, I just happened to be one of the better players in Ottumwa at the time. 2008 at Big Creek was when we played match play against all other women from each team, Masters against Masters, etc. So 2008 was ONLY year I was on a team that there was a female requirement. I played for Ottumwa/Osky. So I honestly have no idea how many years there was a requirement for females and Masters. And I agree completely about there being less turnout of women in general to Iowa tournaments. In all my years playing, this is nothing new. Women, much more than men, come and go in this sport and very few are here to stay. But that's for another thread and another time. let's hear about some more history!!