Originally Posted by Discette
And the newcomer that has been involved with disc golf for only a few months sees that the king is not wearing any clothes and asks the big question.
Most disc golf events really are just organized gambling disguised as a competition and no one wants to acknowledge the king's dong is hanging out. Unfortunately, this is how tournaments originated and today's players seem unwilling to give up the gambling (chance at a cut of the entire entry pot) for true competition.
Tournaments for amateurs should be a celebration of who shot the lowest score, not how much return a player can get for the entry fees.
This is the biggest problem we have, and it starts with the PDGA. They needed to stand up years ago and put their foot down on the AM payout scale. The AM payout scale is just the pro payout scale in merch, and that's stupid. Unfortunately, it seemed to be working and the PDGA was either unwilling or scared to face a reduction in fees by turning off the merch windfall. So it is what it is. Every year it gets more and more ingrained in people's heads that they should essentially get paid to show up and play competitive disc golf. Someday somebody is going to have to get up the guts to stand up and say "enough is enough."