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17 Open: The Toughest Qualifier?

Top Select finished first at both Big South and Lone Star after qualifying at the Sunshine Classic. See how each qualifier compares below.

Getting to the bottom of the toughest qualifier of the season always depends on what standards are put in place. Is it the number of teams entered? How many bids available? Qualified teams in the field? They all play a role.

We broke down each of the 12 national qualifiers by number of teams entered, number of bids available, number of teams eventually qualified, and the percentage of the latter two against the number of teams in the field. For 17 Open, Northern Lights proved to have the field with the highest percentage of previously-qualified teams at 36. Northern Lights also had the highest percentage of teams eventually qualified for Open at 39.

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    May 14, 2019 at 9:03 am

    The percentage qualified is not really that relevant since there are only 3 bids awarded at each and they can only fall to 8th. The largest determinant of how hard the qualifier was is the number of teams that ended up with an open bid. Any tournament that has more than 5 teams that now have a bid is pretty hard to qualify at. There are many ways that those five teams can end one team’s chance of getting to a finish level to get a bid. there are 12 JNQs. Only 36 bids. Having 11-13 teams (1/3 of the national field) at one JNQ is pretty tough. I would like to see a list of the 36 that qualified though and how many JNQs each of them went to. Would be easy to do if it was not for SportsWrench and TM2sign JNQs.

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    Chris Tobolski

    May 14, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Good feedback, thanks. I think the number of teams ultimately qualified at each qualifier is a great indicator. I included the percentage of teams bidded to see if it added another layer or not.

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