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If they play like they did at the tournament all the time, they will be moving up without question. They are only able to play in Ams because they obviously don't play like that normally.
definitely a "helluna day"
You could try just playing golf, enjoying it and not worry so much what others are doing.
Not worried about ourselves but new players that is what makes disc golf grow
I don't believe that Amateur divisions were meant to be a place that you should "park" yourself in for several years. It should be a division that you are in until you get better and move up. I personally don't get the mentality of wanting to stay in a division just because you think that you can consistently win in it. And I am definitely not saying that anyone who played that tournament was doing that. For me I was very motivated to move up to the Open division because that is where all of my friends were playing and I wanted to challenge myself. Now people may have said bad things about me for doing so but I know that it did indeed improve my game. For me it was definitely the correct decision.
I also realize that it is hard to just look at results from a single tournament and try to draw conclusions. And maybe the rating system doesn't do a very good job of reflecting ability. After all, our local player who won that tournament, Jordan Cowles, is still listed at exactly the same rating as he was before the tournament. Surely his rating went up. Maybe all of this is just a symptom of the fact that disc golf just has not made it yet, that if disc golf was a bigger sport like ball golf we would have completely separate tournaments for the best players. Obviously we can't do that now as a sport because we just don't have enough participants. Also the payouts just aren't great enough to draw people from all over like they do in ball golf.
People play in tournaments, and choose a division to play in, for a great variety of different reasons. Not everyone is working their way up to Open. In fact, there are a lot of tournament players who will never reach Open---perhaps for physical limitations, perhaps time limitations, perhaps because they just don't care to.
I've rare seen anyone park in a division and keep winning it, especially outside age-protected divisions. I have seen fast-rising players linger for a year, in a points series or staying amateur to go to AmWorlds, but that's about it. (Fortunately, where I live we don't have the non-PDGA-member local baggers that perhaps other regions have).
Coonradt you need to lay off these guys. The Am1 guy had never won in Advanced before and the Adv Masters guy was only playing in his 3rd event. Certainly not baggers, their ratings and history shows that. I like seeing players have "break out" rounds and events, it's inspiring and keeps the sport interesting. Calling them out in public is a big mistake as well.