Originally Posted by PhattD
Well, since John Smith is my imaginary creation, I already know he doesn't want his previous rounds rated.
Seriously though, what I was addressing was a player being able to register as an AM after cashing as a pro prior to joining the PDGA. the point of my post was that if a player wants to there isn't anything the PDGA can do to stop it.
That's true. But it's not like it's going to be a long-lived thing even if John Smith "gets away with it". If he's good enough to cash in a pro division, I can't see why he'd stay all that long in the amateur ranks. And if he's not good enough to cash in a pro division, perhaps that one instance before he joined was a fluke and shouldn't be held against him.
Besides, there's also nothing the PDGA can do if this registered AM plays all kinds of non-sanctioned tournaments in Pro and wins cash there either. The PDGA can only control what is under their purview. Before a player joins, he's not under their purview, simple as that.