On the bagger situation... Has anyone thought that maybe the Intermediate guys stepped up to Advanced while the other guys just stayed in their division? I know it isn't as fun to think of it that way but... just sayin.
Sorry, but six of the twelve Intermediate competitors were within one stroke of one another and ten strokes away from the other six. The top six were clearly playing at another level compared to the bottom six, and that level is the Advanced level.
Having said that, I don't know these competitors and how they compete on a daily basis. It is posible and probable for one or two competitors to play out of their minds one day and crush the competition, and based on the results of that one day alone they should not me made to move up to the next level. Nor should they. Consistency is the determining factor. Being in the top 3 over and over again.
But there wasn't one or two. There were six. Six competitors playing the lowest level they could with one motive in mind. To get a win. They probably felt that they "could not win" in Advanced, so they played Intermediate. It wasn't about "being competitive" in advanced, for I'm sure they knew they could be. It was about the belief that they couldn't win it. In my humble opinion.
If one or two of you six is trully an intermediate level player and killed it on the course that day, then I extend my sincere congratulations to you. Great job out there.