Who is Chris Dickerson? .....Don't know where this guy came from but he is only an Amateur through turning down cash. Even his PDGA page lists him as Professional (due to his then 1007 rating).
His PDGA # screams noob, but this guy has been playing for a long time. He is playing Advanced in the upcoming Carolina Clash, undoubtedly so he can play Am Worlds.
He's already making a running for ROY 2015. Lame.
Not true. You can be a 1050 rated Am. There is not any reference point that you MUST become a pro.http://www.pdga.com/files/2014%20PlayerDivisionGrid.pdf
There is an unwritten rule that anyone over 970 should go pro. But the idea that 990 rated Ams are out there is very true. I think that Wiggins in 2009 here was close to 1000 rated when he played Am, he had played I think almost all Pro events that year and turned down cash. There is nothing I REPEAT NOTHING wrong with an Am player keeping themselves there until they are ready.
Overall if you select to play in PDGA, and just joined, win some and then go pro if you want to. The fact that they just joined could be an indication they are ready to play competitively now and they weren't before. Or someone got them to join. I didn't join the PDGA until 1999. I had at that point been playing for 15 yrs, I had played in a handful of PDGA events, I just didn't see the need.....now I am sure that I wasn't a 1000 rated golfer either!
it's all good. Just be happy you don't have him as competition to your level yet, right?