^^^I'd add in some sections like the Southern's you almost don't have to leave the section to get top competition. At the same time can become a very good player. To do the same in many weaker sections my guess to get to an equivalent level you'd have to at least play two to four regional nationals per year. Maybe more.
To become one of the top players (top 50) I would think the average player with a lot of desire and the resources would need to move or at the least spend some extended time training in more competitive environments.
"i thought those were just a little harmless brown bugs, you know the ones take wings and fly? but it turned to be Flees." Fedace