How did they change it other than having Master and Amateur categories? Or, how did adding amateur prizes to Unlimited hurt your winnings?
I shoot my stock G34 in Unlimited. Sometimes I can win it, but most times I end up 2nd in that Division.
When it was Amateurs and Masters heads up, there were always enough people for a 1st/2nd/3rd place prize. I've always won my one and only gun award in another division. So whether I got 1st or 2nd in Unlimited, it was generally good for the highest non-gun award ($100.) Pretty reliable equation for me.
Now Amateurs and Masters are awarded prizes separately, and there are less than 10 Masters in Unlimited at the GSSF matches I attend. So the prize is $100, but it only goes to 1st place. Not a very good bet for me. I can and do win that Division sometimes, but most of the time Chuck gets me with his Open Glock. So no 2nd place prize, nothing. If there were 10 or more Masters, the prize would be a gun, but I would still get nothing because I have already won a gun in another Division. So I need like 15 + Masters to make it a good bet on the 2nd place $100 prize, and there are nowhere near 15 of them.
A couple months ago, I didn't realize they changed it and contacted GSSF after the match I shot in June, telling them I thought they assigned the prizes wrong. They corrected me and suggested that I talk more Master shooters into shooting Unlimited. I doubt I could convince them. More likely, I will stop shooting Unlimited because it will usually amount to throwing away $25 and 100 rounds. If I can get under 40 seconds reliably, it would be more worth it, but I have been in the mid-40s this year and need to step up my shooting.