I reject the notion that people who want to play competitive tournaments aren't having fun. I have a lot of fun playing competitively, I feel a satisfying sense of accomplishment when I play well, and I feel a desire to improve when I fall short of my goals. Overall, it's a great experience for me and a lot of fun. And that's just the competitive part. The entire experience of preparing, traveling, and practicing for a tournament along with the meeting people, seeing friends, and hanging out is also plenty of fun. And I doubt there is a single tournament player who doesn't also spend a lot more time playing casual rounds with friends for fun. So, sorry, but just because people are competitive, and have spirited discussions about competition structures in disc golf, it's hardly accurate to imply that they aren't having fun playing disc golf.
Clearly, some people struggle to enjoy competitive play. Boo friggin hoo for them.
As to the age old bagger discussion... I'm a 951 rated MPM player generally struggling in competitive fields to grab last cash. I missed last cash at 2011 BSF by three strokes. Care to guess how many extra strokes I picked up on my last two holes of the tournament? Yep, three strokes. In a smaller, less competitive field on a shorter more wooded course my chances are somewhat better, but I'm usually still hanging around at the bottom of the cash line. BUT, sometimes I'm getting a trophy too. I just have to play well, and if I play really well I might win.
Why do people refuse to move up? Should they? WHEN should they? I don't know. I do know that typically those at the top of MM1 and MA1 could usually move up and be competitive. They will struggle and have to improve and become more consistent in order to, well, improve and become more consistent in the harder division. Some people have specific goals or timelines. I harrassed Rick Reichard online for two years to move up to MPM. He wanted to play Worlds in MM1 and he became the World Champion of the World. Last month he gave one of the best MPM players in the world a run for his money at the St. Patrick's Classic, and in a couple months he will kick my ass at BSF 2012. Looks like that was a good move for him.
If we could get more people to move up, the pro divisions would be deeper and easier to cash in. You just have to move up and then get more people to move up after you. We used to get a lot of people moving up in Oregon, now the trend is more to hang around the top in a division for years or forever. Whatever floats your boat. Personally, it would not be satisfying for me and I would not be motivated to play better and I would not have nearly as much fun. Part of disc golf for me is testing myself and feeling pride in accomplishment, and part of it is fun, and part of it is both.