Novice for sure. This brings out the competition in the Carolinas. This tournament is good for lower ranked players to see what they can be. And gives them experience to take back to their lower divisions. Whether they get beat or not, the learning experience is well worth it.
As for novice players, it helps keep them on their toes for the following season if they play nationally. There aren't any local leagues for them. The NCXL is the perfect place for everyone in my opinion to grow, learn, and stay crisp.
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