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i recently got my pdga #, 3 days later i played a sanctioned tourney, my first ever tourney so i played in the am 4 div. and won by 15 strokes or so and tied am 3s first place finisher. so heres my question was it wrong to start in the lowest division not knowing the competition or should i have just jumped in to am 3 or 2 not having a rateing? or was what i did ok?                         and now that i know what the rounds are rated i can go to am 2 now

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Congrats on the win. The fact that you are asking the question says to me that you're not a bagger. If you show up at the next tournament and sign up for the same division - then. In the mean time enjoy the feel.

I'll share with you that the best competition I've ever played (that is in terms of feel good) were events where I really had to compete right to the last. Win or lose I could feel good that I had given my best on that given day. Also, I've found that competing against guys that have skills just a little better or different than mine builds my game, because I get a free lesson every time. So my advice is sign up for the highest division where you can be considered competitive and take lessons until you can beat them. Once you do that you can enjoy your victory without any second thoughts or doubts. G'luck.
You should start were you feel comfortable. Get a feel for tournament play and move up when ur rating calls for it. I'm personally just getting started with PDGA Rating this year. Sitting at a 881 right now which would allow me to play Rec. but I decided to bump up one and play intermediate. I may even bump up to advanced soon.
enter in at the lowest and work your way up! that's the way it should be!
Just like everyone else... there is no dishonor in starting at the bottom and working your way up. if you continually do it, though, there is no honor... after a few rounds, i generally find I am not enjoying playing with people who are not up to my level.... where's the challenge in stomping a mudhole in a beginner? thankfully, most people are above my level, though... :)
just an update i played a tourny in am 2 and tyed for last cash so i am officially not a bagger yayyyy
A bagger is the guy who took 1st in REC. at Texas State Championships this year. He has been in PDGA events for 10 years now and has not progressed yet. Is he a bagger or is he that terrible?

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