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just kinda going to throw this out there and shes what everyone thinks. I played my first tourney this summer it was a doubles tourney and it was also my partners first tourney. i played this course about 4 days the week before the tourney and about 2 the week before that and only 1 of those times was my partner there with me and he had only played the course 3-4 times ever before this tourney. the day before the tourney i had a bad round and threw about 17 over, however i usually shoot about 9 and the best i recorded was 7 over but i think it might be a bit lower more like 5 over. this course is one of the easier courses around here and has wide open drive space for most the course 4 water hazards and about 4 cart path hazards. So the night before the tourney i went to bed early got up and ready ate some fruit and a multi-vitamin and got some waters for the course. i went with another pair that is much better then our pair and they signed up for intermediate so we signed up for beginner. so we get started and birdied hole 18 where we started which is a hole i always birdie. After the first 18 we came in and my team was tied for first in the beginner at four under (50 stokes) and beating 3 teams in the intermediate level. So the next round we ended up starting at 18 again and birdied again and we finish the next round at seven under on the second 18( 47 stokes). so my team finished at a 97 and the second place team in beginner finished at 104 cause their second round they shot par (54 strokes). 97 was good enough to finish in about 7th place in intermediate out of 13 teams that where in intermediate and the team we came with which is better then our team finished in 5th in intermediate with a 92. Now i know that we blow out the beginner division but i also think that i played the two best rounds that me and my partner have every played there. I was in the zone just having one of those day. we both made some ridiculous shots. i tossed in a blind 35 foot putt for a birdie which happens almost never. my partner sank a 70 footer for a birdie. stuff that just isn't normal for our game. now i won by a large margin but by no means do i feel like a sand bagger even though people at the tourney felt a bit different. i would like other thoughts on that and if me and my partner where to go to the same tourney next year would you think we where sand baggers if we played in beginner again.

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Yeah.. I played my first tourney last year and didn't even know where to place myself. It was my 2nd year of playing but .. it's hard to gauge when you really don't do events. Not knowing how you're going to stack up against other people is understandable. Our local disc league has a rule where .. If you finish first in Intermediate ..at the next club ran event.. you HAVE to move up into the next level of players. I really didn't get much slack from people though..they never saw me before the event.

Congrats on the great game.
i personally think you should base it off how you throw. everyone should know the rules so that shouldn't be give you any type of an advantage.
If you have talent, other players will resent it. Don't move up a division before you are ready. Once you play in a higher division the guys in your old division will give you a hard time if you ever play that division again. If you play pro once, everyone will give you a hard time if you don't always play pro. I have been harassed for not playing pro since before I ever played a PDGA tournament. Now that I play mostly pro Master, I still get harassed about the division I play in. I am so sick of it I simply stopped playing tournaments, and will not renew my PDGA membership. Get used to it. You will be called a sandbagger even if you play pro.

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