Before I start I would like to first of all take the time to thank all the "Real Bowlers" that came out and supported the RealBowlers Tour. Congrats to Jim Wolcott and Joshua Harper
for showing the mental toughness and sportsmanship that we love to see.
Today was a day of adversity and challenges.
We first had bad weather, that should have been a sign.:) The oil pattern we requested, advertised and confirmed unfortunately was not the shot that was put down. The numbers we anticipated were no where close to the entries we received. Also, there were three pair of lanes that stop working as soon as we started warm ups. Needless to say, today was by far my worst experience out of the almost 30 scratch tournaments my brother Tim and I have run.
Was this our worst because of the things I listed above? NO! Today I heard more complaints and reasons on why bowlers have decided to "quit" bowling in the RealBowlers Tour events. Here are some of the reasons:
1) "The shot is never
2) "The entry used to be less."
3) "The payouts are not fair. You all pocket too much of the bowlers money." :)
4) "First place is not high enough for the entry fee"
5) "The last to cash should double their money."
6) "You all have the best tournaments in Atlanta but, the reason is nobody else is doing any tournaments" :)
So, to keep this blog from being extremely long I will stop right there.
It was my worst experience because today I realized that no matter what you do to accomodate for us bowlers the more we complain. And some come up with false reasons and spread lies to make up for their own mishaps or shortcomings. (I won't go in to detail)
RealBowlers promise to always bring you the best in tournament bowling. Will we quit bringing you customer service with a team that's second to none? Will we stop paying the best payouts you will see in the South (excluding the PBA) based on the numbers? Will we stop paying a 1:5 or better ratio (1:2 today)? Will we stop giving away Gas cards, Longhorn cards and other great giveaways? Will we stop delivering the fastest and most accurately posted Standing Sheets and Brackets you can find, after each game? Will we stop putting down challenging lane conditions? Will we stop sending out the best professionally designed flyers and advertisements? Will we stop promoting the sport of bowling? Will we stop bringing the best bowlers the best tournaments? NO WE WANT! Because we try our best to give "Real Tournaments for Real Bowlers" That's our commitment.
For all of you that are concerned about money and payouts, all I can say is "do the numbers" and tell me how can it be done differently. "Do the numbers first" then tell me.