Originally Posted by snap7times
which brings me to my point is why only pros at NT take the test, why not just all because right now there is no test for the AM side...
There is no AM side to the Memorial NT. The Amateur event is a separate Supertour "A-Tier" event. All NT events are PRO only. If an am signs up for the Memorial NT, they will have to be certified.
Also, I agree with Cabal, the PRO division competitors DO have a serious lack of understanding of the rules.
I was at an event this year hanging out with a card and there was a rules issue that came up, a veteran player told the rest of the group something that was definitely incorrect. Meanwhile, two of the other players on the card, both very highly rated pros, admitted that they'd never actually read the rulebook.
It's pretty common, and I completely support what the PDGA is implementing this year. It won't magically make everyone playing NTs know the rules, but it's a start, and it will hopefully help people take pride in knowing the rules of our sport.