Do you think he got where he is by dominating an AM division? He jumped right in there with Sias, Headrick, Hosfeld, among others.
I joined the PDGA 2 and a half years ago, as an Open player. I have never played in another division and I have watched myself go from 938 to 992 in 2 years......
"think for yourself or the government will think it for you"
I agree with you completely that playing in better divisions will only make you better, however I do feel that the system in place is acceptable and the choice should be left up to the individual. I think there is way to much pressure put on some people to move up before they are ready, especially if they aren't comfortable with the decission themselves. And not everyone is playing tourneys with Open level aspirations, and rightfully so, as not everyone is going to have Open level talent, or more importanly Open level dedication.