Originally Posted by Cgkdisc
No. The PDGA embraced the practice of awarding "cabbage" started by Duane Utech in the Detroit area in the early 90s for the Can-Am series. Surprise, surprise, players liked it and the practice expanded before the PDGA ever developed event guidelines, TD reports, payout tables, etc. Those all came from current practices seen as successful at the time.
Up until the time of PDGA event guidelines, it was "Dude said the tourney he went to in Peoria paid out stacks of discs." It was like a rumor; I could still run my trophy-only events in Hazelwood and it was what it was. After the PDGA accepted event guidelines and used the Can-Am payout for AM's, that was the law of the land and all of a sudden I was "ripping people off." Same event, different expectation. You can blame it on whoever you want to, but once the PDGA said "this is how you run a disc golf tournament" and it used the pro payout scale using merch for AM's it got a lot harder to do anything else.