Qualifiers are fine and there are plenty of ways to promote it, however there are several deficiencies as well. By now I would hope that anyone interested in going to the USDGC knows and understands what it takes to get there. Jonathon Poole is constantly telling prospective players to contact their state coordinators. And people do...roughly 4 or 5 every year.
I've completely switched my mentality about the state rep. When it was for a spot in the main tournament I wanted to send the best player. In it's current format I believe it's simply for the experience, and thus I feel strongly about using it as a reward for deserving players from Iowa. In other words, given the choice between sending a player who has a strong qualifying weekend vs someone who spends countless volunteer hours working or promoting the sport and various events, I'd rather send the volunteer. Again, It's hardly set in stone and I'll certainly put word out to get various opinions but I'm definitely leaning toward picking someone.