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Man, it seems kinda confusing with the ratings, divisions, etc.....
I have NOT competed Yet. I just started playing DG in March of this year and just this last month (July) finally started playing some under par rounds. I PLAN on competing because I LOVE this sport enough to push MYSELF to do the absolute Best that I can. And that is what I want. If I lose to a guy that beats me by 16 throws, I got beat by the better player, no matter what division. Just pushes me to work harder on my game to be more Competitive next time, Bagger or not.
Jim, having not competed myself, I commend you on calling what you think is a wrong to other competitors. Use it and beat these guys next time...... :)
That is not a bagger that is a great round of golf I am talking about people that play the same rec or intermidate division for years and win by several strokes on the same tournaments.
Yeah, I didn't really mean to call these two individuals out. I only was using those tourney results as an example, when you see someone competing in Advanced and yet they would have won in the Pro division (or placed second). Obviously people can have a great day or maybe a bad day. Nobody but maybe the best players can be "on" each and every time they play. That being said my advice is to push yourself and even to bump up to the next level as a way of pushing yourself. I did that and have no regrets at all. That way I was always challenging myself to play at the level that I knew I could. It didn't always work out the way I wanted but I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. If I ever return to tournament play it would definitely be in a Pro division. But since I am now almost 51 years old that would probably be the Grand Masters division.
I have and will always be a proponent of pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone. I firmly believe that often you play to the level of your competitors. So playing one step above where you think you should be will eventually make you feel comfortable at that next level. If you stay where you are you may never move up. Just a thought and a bit of my philosophy.
Now I am going to close this thread because enough has already been said on the subject and I may have also changed my mind as to what I originally wrote. But I still recommend to all to bump yourself up and don't be afraid to compete at that next level. You won't regret it.