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“SANDBAGGER!!!” Everyone knows a few golfers who dominate their division but refuse to move up. Their name is damned whenever they win, PDGA tournament or not. When is the best time to make the jump to pro or advanced? Only the individual can make that decision.

Fortunately, there are a few guidelines from the PDGA and many veteran players that can aid in your choice to win more plastic or play with the big boys. If, after reading this article, you choose to stay in your current division – assuming you should move up based on the following suggestions – then you have officially earned the badge of the ‘bagger.

Intermediate is where the vast majority of beginning tournament players find themselves, along with the rest of the ‘how do we handle the pressure, we hardly know the rules?!’ crowd. If you have never participated in athletic competition, this experience can be extremely overwhelming.

Warming up with the pros, some of who may be course legends, can be exhilarating, and scary. Most are concentrating so much on preparing to play that they hardly look at the first-timers. This anxiety, hopefully, will pass quickly.

When you want to get better more than you want to win plastic – that you probably won’t throw – it is time to move up. This is not to say all AM2 competitors are ready for advanced just because they reeeeeeeeeally want to improve. Ask a few of the better players in your area for honest feedback and that is what you will get.

The more difficult decision is the jump from AM1 to Pro Open. More than just playing with better players is different. Higher entry fees, pro status, and no more competing in major PDGA amateur tournaments across the nation after accepting cash (not prizes) are just a few of the changes.

Many golfers make the move to pro too soon, even before they have won a single amateur tourney! A decent rule of thumb: win three tournaments and you have earned the right to play at the next level, similar to the Nationwide Tour in relation to the PGA Tour – three wins and you are automatically bumped to the show.

Success is a process when moving up through the ranks. It is rare to cash, let alone place or win, in your first professional tournament. Once the butterflies are gone and you can get back to playing your game, things will start to move forward.

The Professional Disc Golf Association requires that 935 and above rated players compete in advanced, and suggests that 970 and above rated players play pro. The ratings system is not perfect, and Chuck Kennedy will tell you that himself.

A 900 rated golfer can compete in open (as can a 1000 rated player compete in advanced) if he or she chooses, but neither the PDGA nor myself would recommend doing so. Since there are only a few restrictions on what division you can compete in, it is up to you to make the appropriate choice. There is one ruling that tournament directors may utilize at their discretion that is seldom used: the ability to move a player to the appropriate division as the TD sees fit.

If a 929 rated player is competing in intermediate when it is obvious to everyone that they should play advanced, it is up to the tournament director to see that this ‘sandbagging’ is not allowed. It will probably cause a big stink – unfairly, as the TD is just trying to make the tournament as fair as possible – but it needs to be done, for the benefit of the 929 rated player, if not for anyone else.

One thing is for sure; the PDGA is making a sincere effort to give disc golfers an opportunity to compete in fun, quality, organized tournaments.

Throw It Long!


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