I had this conversation with Harold a couple of years ago. We've used a number of methods to choose the State Rep, including everything from figuring out who can go and wants to go, to using a tournament to pick the player, to this year using the 8 best rated rounds in Missouri events to pick the state rep.
If Illinois chooses the GPO as their qualifier for their state rep (and this year, apparently they did), then the best finisher in that qualifer that has not already qualified gets the state rep spot. That was Sprague. Illinois does not get to wait and see if Sprague qualifies in another event. I had this conversation with Harold 2 years ago when Justin Bunnell won the Missouri state rep spot, but would have qualified at the Vibram Open/Marshall Street DGC two weeks later. I tried to get our next best finisher our state rep spot, and Harold said no, that we had already picked our guy.
Moral of the story is, once you pick your state rep, that's who gets the spot, and he is considered to have qualified at that time, even if he would have qualified at a later date. That's why Sprague didn't qualify at Worlds...he had already been granted the Illinois state rep spot. Right or wrong, that's the way Harold wants it.
Chap- You are wrong. IL never declared
Sprague as our state rep. Sprague, not Brett, went ahead and told Innova/USDGC that he had the state rep spot.
Dana your are wrong as well - I did not tell Innova anything. When I called about registering - they had me listed as the IL rep (I was upset for Ben thinking that Brett had signed me up - Harold must have done the math, making the decision for us) I figured I didn't play well enough to qualify at Worlds (I didn't deny the qualifier).
Brett said I would get my entry paid, I told him that Innova covers my entry as part of my Team Champion sponsorship. He said I would get the money towards my lodging instead. I have not received that money...
Now moving on, I had a wonderful time at the USDGC (other than being homesick within days). The volunteers, staff, and players were awesome! I especially enjoyed spending time with all the Iowa guys at the Lake House!
Thanks for a most memorable USDGC!
Getting text messages about my putts on 17 and 18 minutes after they happened was amazing in and of itself...thanks to everyone who supported our efforts while we were there (it's a heart pounding experience and it's comforting to know we've got great friends back home rooting us on!)
Congrats to Captain and MDR for their first USDGC experience, I was very proud of MDR especially considering he was playing advanced just last year
you should be proud as well Mike (great shooting!)
oh and Chappy, I'm sure your Iphone w/ GPS would have knocked 15 minutes off your drive home that night