And,yes, I speak from the other side of the fence.. but.. I WAS a student for multi yrs ( not under the Amer.system ) and do appreciate the financial aspect of being an Amat.( and partnerless )
And why am I dis ingenuous ?.. I gave a factual and honest appraisal of the current status.. you are the one who sems to have an "axe " to grind it would seem from your bitter response ..
and by the same token.. NO one puts a gun to the head of those that wish to participate in Pro/Am.. its a free market place and choice should always be an option ..
And I vehemently disagree with your appraisal about Amat comps ,sustaining Comps in general on a local and national basis .
And, i have personally run Comps over many yrs, in different cities, from NY to Fla.( I started the first major one in Atlanta back in 1978 ) and they would NOT have survived for those many yrs without Pro/Am participation..
They( comps ) are also a " gateway " of experience for the young Prof to get comp. experience.
In matter of fact, 2 pros that became U.S. champs, that I started on their careers, came by me thru one of my Pro/Am comps..
I also would like to point out, that I,m not defending price gouging by studios ,and or some Profs ( independant ones do that as well ) ..
Bottom line is.. how people spend THEIR money , is their choice,,and as you said,, no one put a gun to their head...