You are absolutely correct. I went and reread the sub rules and although this is the first time in all my years I have encountered this, we made a mistake. Simple as that. The tourney had already been held up by the no show and with 22 people in it we seated two subs - one for the donator and one for the no show.
So I apologise for that.
I also wish that the people who sign up for tourneys and don't show would apologise. But that is never going to happen.
Now was all of this worth the nastiness generated? This was a christmas tourney, for a whopping big 50 yeps (which by the way I will refund you).
I truly wish you and your family a wonderful, peaceful and joyous Christmas.
Now if only we could extend those wishes amongst ourselves.