The USGA and the R&A have updated the Rules of Amateur Status by modernizing and simplifying said rules to reflect the modern changes of the game of golf.
This set of Rules will remove many of the restrictions that previously applied to amateur golfers while ensuring that the integrity of the game is protected by limiting the form and value of the prizes an amateur golfer can accept.
As part of the modernization effort, the new Rules identify only the following acts that will result in a golfer losing their amateur status:
- Accepting a prize with a value exceeding the prize limit ($1000/£700) or accepting prize money in a handicap competition.
- Playing as a professional.
- Accepting payment for giving instruction (although all current exceptions still apply, such as coaching at educational institutions and assisting with approved programs).
- Accepting employment as a golf club professional or membership of an association of professional golfers.
To achieve this simplified approach, the following key changes have been introduced:
- Distinguishing between scratch and handicap competitions in terms of the prizes that may be accepted.
- The prize rule applies only to tee-to-hole competitions played on a golf course or a simulator, but no longer apply to long-drive, putting and skills competitions that are not played as part of a tee-to-hole competition.
- Eliminating all advertising, expense-related and sponsorship restrictions.
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