Maybe I can help shed some light on this. I was the City Champ TD for the first 7 years. In that time, it grew from a local tournament into a fixture on the circuit.
Since I was moving away from San Francisco, I asked Gene and Jared to take over the reins. This was in late February. They did a great job not only running the tournament, but also by thinking creatively when the normal December time slot was not available to them.