Tough times for tournament directors


I met with a tournament director recently, and chatted up another by email. These are tough times for the economy and very challenging times for those who run tournaments.

Putting the puzzle together is a chore. It’s a fight for the date, the top players, the corporate sponsor, the largest possible gallery and, of course, the charitable dollars.

In business today, employees and brands are told to be indispensible. But when it comes to running tournaments, coming up short on puzzle pieces can leave you disposable.

Last year, Turning Stone had a fall date and a six-hole playoff won by Matt Kuchar. This year a spot in the FedEx Cup, which is great, but up against a no-cut, star-filled, WGC event (including Kuchar) which is hardly favorable.

Opportunity is one thing but sole identity is everything. This week Turning Stone gets only one. If it keeps up, pretty soon, tournament directors will be hiring sports shrinks away from the players they're begging to get into their tournaments.