I don't believe this to be a big problem as of yet because the new process just began and we have not sent many supporting member packages out yet. What you wrote could very well become a reality once we get lots of supporting members in the system but our current tournament procedures already handle this potential challenge.
The primary procedure for determining a players membership status has and always will be the membership card. Active members are issued a current PDGA card which they are supposed to show to the TD at registration or check-in. Non-current members and the new supporting members do not have a card. If you do not have a card, you are subject to the non-member fee.
Additionally the following back-up procedures are also currently in place to assist TD's (and forgetful members) with determining a players membership status if the player does not have their card with them and claims to be current:
The PDGA e-mails all TD's prior to their event a current member list for the players in their region. Admittedly, this is harder to accomplish at on site registrations, but it was designed only to be a back up in case a player forgot his/her card. I will typically take a players word for it if they claim to be current but i will check their status once the round begins, or overnight if it is a two day event. If I find them to be non-current, I inform them before the next round begins by writing a note on their scorport card or scorecard.
If a TD uploads his/her player list to the online scoring program at PDGA.com, it automatically flags non-current members.
A TD can also enter a players name or membership number into the members section of PDGA.com and it will tell you if they are current or not.
We will continue to evaluate how the system works throughout the year and make necessary adjustments if they are required.
Brian J. Graham, #5861
PDGA Executive Director