We've needed a unified Tour for far longer than this and I'm glad it will become a reality (I also hope that the 'profound impacts' on the weekend warriors is to permanently marginalize them into city leagues with absolutely no cash component).
We need very high standards for competition of this sort, and it's sad that the partnership has to be with Rainwater and Spring, whose horrifying vision of wide open bomber courses on ball golf courses has begun to ruin the game (apologies to Jerm for saying this would be the future, as this would be horrible for disc golf).
The standard should be that A Tier is now the Pro tier and that players should be required to be at least 985 rated to compete (which is still 6 shots a round worse than the best players in the world). Women perhaps at 935.
Everyone else is an amateur playing local leagues run through cities rather than pro shops and various other arms of the PDGA.
B Tier would then become the state tours and no levels below that would ever exist again (and while many state tours have around 10 events, this should be expanded to 15 or 20 to fill the gap created by keeping players below 985 off the real pro tour).
That way state tours can serve the function of things like minor league baseball, the G League, and even the Nike and other minor ball golf tours. It will give the players a chance to build up to 985 level before being allowed to play pro. These B Tier events should also feature ONLY players playing Open for cash and have no Ams playing.
And I'd probably set the bar at 950 for B Tier men and 900 for B Tier women to play state pro tours.
Anyone rated under those figures for men and women are amateurs.
And the PDGA should now divest itself completely of any involvement in anything other than the A and B Tier organizations I've just mentioned.
We don't need tournaments for players below those skill levels (950 men and 900 women). Or age related amateur events, which should be eliminated completely (though there should still be A and B Tier Pro age protected categories and events with their own high standards for entry, and we should bump Master's back to 35 and put all protected ranges on the 5s to correct for our 10 based bias in life).
Time to finally put the P in PDGA after all these years and break with amateur sports completely (and yes, players can establish ratings through leagues and if there are open spots for State Tour or PDGA Tour events that are coming around, there could be Monday regional and local qualifiers, just like on the PGA Tour).