by **Single L** » Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:09 pm

Before the 2008 season the PDGA restructured the Division Classifications. Pro went from 950+ to 970+; ADV went from 915+ to 935+; INT went from <915 to <935; REC went from <875 to <900; and they created Novice for <850. Essentially they created a "Pro 2" as many suggested, but with the division added at the bottom with Novice.

Basically Adv is Pro2, so let’s call ADV - Pro 2, INT - ADV, REC - INT, and Novice - REC.

Here is what your divisions in Iowa would look like.

Open

Adam Olsen 1011

Tanner Duncan 1010

Jonathan Tisue 1003

Ernie Westmark 999

Jason Duden 996

Clay Abernathey 991

Justin McLuen 987

Stephen Whitson 982

Alan Wagner 979

Michael Robinson 977

Kyle Schultz 976

David Arango 975

Jason Steffen 973

Kevin Stibal 973

Pro 2 - (currently Adv)

Joe Thompson 967

Matt Fausch 966

Matt Hauser 965

Shane Stewart 964

Chris Claring 962

Doug Johnson 961

Andrew Greco 960

Dave Kerkove 960

Jason Kolar 960

Tyler Sarg 960

Matt Frymoyer 959

T.J. Tiki Brom 959

Bruce Meyers 955

Trent Tinlin 955

Dan Kern 954

Mikal Williams 953

Adam Foust 951

Cole Ledbetter 951

Jason Rimrodt 951

Grant Weaver 950

Adam L. Stiers 948

Rusty Channon 948

Andrew Detert 947

Kollin Grimm 945

Ryan Wodstrchill 945

Barrett McOmber 944

Ben Callaway 944

Matt Wieben 944

Pete Stolmeier 943

Chris Greenleaf 942

Jay Greenwood 941

Chad Nelson 939

Dustin Oostendorp 939

Jeremy Farnsworth 939

Tim Potter 936

Jerimie Maker 935

ADV - (currently Int)

Jarrod Stocker 934

R.F. Huspen 934

Chad Chadwick 933

Jason Odefey 932

Phillip Dodds 932

Corey Philips 928

Mark Crain 927

Tim Ragen 926

Jack Johnson 925

Josh Beachy 925

Klinton Blackdeer 924

Matt Flaherty 924

Evan Qualls 923

Jeremy Hora 923

Travis Wilson 922

Jordan Leanhart 918

Travis Brown 918

Bruce Heckart 917

Damon Culver 917

Eric Doll 916

Richard Roberts 916

Chance Curley 913

Tim Barker 913

Aaron Chadwick 912

Rob Mumma 912

Josh Faas 911

Matthew Fritz 911

Dan Ferch 910

Travis Bebout 909

Craig Land 907

Amos Langlois 906

Mark Skellenger 905

Shane Gerhardt 905

Brandon Weitzel 904

Kurt Conrad 904

Luke Wittrock 904

Casey Coppi 903

David Beery 903

Michael Nicholson 903

Quinn Casey 903

Clint Evans 901

Robert Howe 901

Adam Karstens 900

Nate Hausen 900

INT - (currently Rec)

Leonard Young 899

Eric Berg 898

James Necessary Jr 898

Joe Sanchez 897

Travis Pike 896

Anthony Furniss 894

Brandon Timper 894

Kevin Lenz 894

Ron Urias 894

Joe English 893

John Mershon 892

Michael Hill 892

Steve Quittem 891

Jason Moomey 890

Ron Rasmussen 890

Cass Cupp 888

Rob Peil 888

J. D. Reed 887

Joseph O'Neil 887

Chris Flores 885

Matt Shannon 885

Christopher Naab 884

Joe Wiley 883

Travis Kerkove 882

Donny Powell 881

Shane Boots 880

Alan Cooper 876

Matthew Phillips 876

Shane Thirtyacre 876

Wyatt Tyler 876

Jason Kruger 874

Jeffrey Beckelheimer 872

Robert Walz 870

Jarin Stoker 864

David Cormeny 863

Cole Martinson 862

Ben Walton 860

Josh Lyster 859

Adam Lasswell 858

Dustin Nohr 857

Brandon Saldivar 855

Jesse Hayes 854

Rindy Stalley 851

Ryan Eggleston 851

Rec - (currently Novice)

Nathan Hamilton 847

Jeremy Reiher 844

Jason Spilman 841

Benny Butler 837

Dan Burg 835

Mathew Mosset 834

Joshua Swisher 830

Spencer Eubanks 830

Thomas Hashman 829

Alexander Rowan 828

Brian Hickman 826

Mike Burton 824

Steve Delaney 824

Sam Saluri 823

Dan Metivier 820

Dustin Snodgress 810

Cole Rutledge 807

Jason Hilton 802

Shaun Spruell 792

Curtis Hayes 791

Josh Butcher 783

Chad Wiegert 775

Michael Shimek 763

This shows me that if players actually went by the PDGA guidelines you would have highly competitive fields with very little bagging and a much smaller gap between the top Pro’s and the Top Adv players. But this will never happen as players are basically treating the divisions as if the ratings classification never changed, so playing down (in the correct division by rating) is seen as bagging and subject to ridicule from others. I think if you add Pro2 you will solve the problem and players will play where they should. So really bagging is self-induced as most players are playing up, which conversely diminishes the quality of the field below making the top players seem like baggers.

"I'm not impressed with aces of any kind. 95% of the time, they're just bad shots that got lucky and happened to hit the chains. Otherwise, they'd have sailed 50' past the hole." ~ Cydisc