go easy on fellow players the first go around.
I too am in the rookie division, despite being a Tour Legend...but I haven't played the second round, yet. I did not know how to change divisions and thought we had to earn or be promoted to the next division through playing the event. So, I inadvertently entered a lower division.
I can't say the same for others, but my entry was due to just unfamiliar with how this new setup would be playing...
there was little advance notice or explanation of how to proceed to play in the event to ensure everyone entered a reasonable division for their level. That being said, since we appear to be in the lowest room… default tees are in play so those lower level players are playing from their tees and not the back tees. I never play from coin rooms where default tees are at play... this was an exception because I didn't know how the event was set up.
I actually find it a huge disadvantage playing low tier players with reasonable playing time who have with maxed out apparel and high level equipment when they can have upwards of a 100y advantage off the tee box. They can drive a lot more greens and be hitting pitches or wedges instead of mid irons into pins.