« on: July 22, 2008, 09:45:18 AM »
I think a lot of what is being called sandbagging is a result of the ratings division lines that were implemented in 2008.
Advanced fields were bigger last year because the cutoff for Adv was 915. I also think that a lot of players that were rated 900+ were playing up in Adv, so that contributed to big turnouts.
But, when the ratings divisions shifted to Adv being 935 and up, a lot of those low 900's Advanced players that were pretty much always donating got the chance to come back to Intermediate and have some success. I've brought this up on the PDGA boards before and the peanut gallery response is always the same, play where the PDGA says you should. The competition committee felt that these splits were fair to everyone. Couple that decision with the decision to let Pros that have accepted money play Advanced as long as their rating is low enough, and I'm starting to scratch my head and say "Wha happened?"