According to the guidelines, we don't limit an age/div combo.
# 1.4 Amateur Divisions: Amateur players compete for trophies and/or prizes.
1. (1.4.1) Advanced: The top amateur division.
2. (1.4.2) Amateur: An amateur division for players who have developed basic skills
and/or have tournament experience.
3. (1.4.3) Novice: an amateur division for beginning players.
4. (1.4.4) Juniors (under 16): an amateur division for players less than 16 years
of age on the date the tournament ends.
5. (1.4.5) Amateur divisions combining age restrictions and amateur skill levels:
Examples would include Advanced Master, Amateur Grand Master and Novice Senior
Do we want to revise that? Is there a reason to offer Senior Grandmaster Intermediate if 5 60 year old guys show up? IMO, the PDGA (yeah, I said it) has this right at this time. The only age protected amatuer divisions are Advanced.
Also, our guidelines say that Juniors are 16 and under only but, we have actually booked some under 19 Junior stats in the results. So, which is it? Again, the PDGA offers 4 levels of Juniors, < 19, 16, 13, 10.
First, thank you for volunteering your time to serve our sport. As a youth service organization volunteer myself, I fully recognize the sacrifices you make for all of us. And, thanks for giving us the opportunity to give input, so here goes!
After spending time in the Masters division and hearing the criticism about it, I'm in agreement with those who suggest change should be considered to balance cost/payout ratios and also aleviate the headache of ordering trophies and awards (turnout - the great unknown variable).
I recommend having only one Masters category, beginning at age 50. From my limited experience, I've not noticed much of a physical difference between the younger and older players. Offer Intermediate, Advanced, and Open divisions only, just as in the Men's category.