Originally Posted by Three Putt
The "pay the AMs to play" system came from the PDGA. They got us in this mess. The least they could do is take some leadership in trying to get us out.
Could be true that they started it---I don't go back quite that far. But it's not that easy to get us out. Imagine the anti-PDGA howls about their arrogance, trying to force an unwanted change of that magnitude.
I've seen a few tournaments buck the trend and be successful....but after a few years, they give in and join the crowd. Not due to PDGA pressure, but player pressure. I don't know about other TDs but when I run a tournament, I want people to come; if payouts are the accepted norm, I'll pay out Ams too.