i thought novice was beginners division. at the worlds biggest you tell me club members played novice?
According to the PDGA, which is the governing body for professional disc golf, the term novice relates to those with a rating under 850. 2 years ago there was not even a division such as novice and a few years before that there was not a rec division. When I began playing, there were only 2 divisions, PRO and AM. Speaks volumes that the game has grown enough over the last 12 years that these newer divisions are even necessary. Anyways, I digress,
Our club is fortunate enough to have members that have only just begun the sport within the last year. Out of our 100 or so members over 75% of them have begun playing within the last 2 years. So I don't see any shame in our club members playing where, according to PDGA guidelines http://www.pdga.com/files/documents/09PlayerDivisionsGrid_0.pdf
, they are allowed to play in for tournaments.
Granted that the World's Biggest draws a lot of newer players to organized disc golf, and some f them may feel that those in the upper part of their division were sandbagging, but does that really differ from any disc golf tournament where someone wins? If you watched the beginning of the distance driving clinic, you would see why Blaine plays Novice!