15 Jun 2006 15:00:14
Pointelin qualifies for Utah State Am

My congrats goes out to Brian P. for making the cut.

Brian P. wrote:

"In terms of the golf, I just qualified to play in the Utah
State Am tournament in July. There were over 1000 golfers
trying to qualify for almost 200 spots. I qualified and didn't
play quite as well as I wanted, but good enough."

Imagine that. Golf has a legitimate "state qualifying event" for
amateurs. A thousand players going after 200 spots. I wonder if Tiger or
Mickleson entered their STATE AMATEUR qualifiers. Some how, I doubt it.
This insignificant little sport respects amateur competition and
understands the relevance of having state organizations with a purpose
(legitimate amateur play downs). Good for Golf.

Good Luck in your quest, Brian.

I know, I know. Last week I hit on Brian P. for "missing the point" on
the racquet companies sponsorship programs. Well, I think Brian
correctly labelled it as a problem that needed to be dealt with, but
that he was putting the emphasis (blame) on the wrong people.

IMHO, the whole sponsorship model was ill-conceived, therefore the blame
for its failings lies entirely with the sponsors themselves, and not
with those who take advantage of the deals (discounts).

Players applying peer pressure on other players to "do their job, as per
the contract" is clearly a case of using the wrong metric for product
promotion. If anything at all, it's promoting disunity within the
playing ranks. And, of course, it's not helping the pro shops at all.
Players want to play, not work. The distributors need to be employing
workers within the industry, who are dedicated to doing work first.

B. Sullins contributed this:

"I rarely take part in the forum but as a retailer, this is
one of my favorite gripes. ... These paid contracts look to
me like cash sales direct to the consumer sold roughly at or
near wholesale. They are made mostly to the serious players
who would buy new equipment almost every year at retail thereby
cutting the retailer out of his best customers. They are called
"sponsored" so that the manufacturer can try to get additional
return from these players. In my experience the majority of these
sponsored players do not understand that sponsorship should be
for people that are in position to affect other players buying
habits. Top players, club pros, instructors and programmers are
pretty much the extent of those eligible and they should receive
free product so that the manufacturer would have an investment in
them and demand performance. This is how it is with other sports.
The bottom line is this; to deserve a real sponsorship one should
help their company sell more product not just wear their shirts
and show up at tournaments."

(Once again, it needs to emphasized here that the "shirt-wearers" are
not the problem, that the real problem lies with the sponsors programs,
for choosing the wrong people to do the job.)


PS. Both quotes above are from the same MNP thread, "Brian's Blogs"
found here:
<http://www.meetandplay.com/forum/Default.aspx?g=posts&t=1613&p=2color=#0000FF> >