Tournament Rule: Rule #20
20. Partners are expected to share normal tournament expenses, i.e., boat and automobile gas and oil, lodging, and launch fees. The club will reimburse any member who is required to fish alone due to an odd number of fishermen upon presentation of expenses to the club treasurer.
20. The club will not reimburse any expenses to any member who is required to fish alone due to an odd number of fishermen. The solo boater may at his choosing bring a guest of choice to fill the empty seat. If the boater cannot find a partner and opts not to fish, his tournament fees for that tournament will be refunded.
With expenses like they are today, the old rule could cause a problem and wipe out the treasury in short order.
This change allows the boater to try to find a partner immediately and thus have someone to share expenses with.
This does not conflict with tournament rule #6 because if the boater has filled the seat the vacancy does not exist.