R&A Amateur Status
The Rules of Amateur Status establish the framework under which amateur golf is played. The purpose and spirit of the Rules of Amateur Status is to maintain the distinction between amateur and professional golf and, particularly given that amateur golf is largely self-regulating with regard to the Rules of play and handicapping, to focus on the game’s inherent challenges and rewards, rather than financial gain. The Rules of Amateur Status cover matters such as amateurism and professionalism, prizes and prize limits, expenses, instruction and advertising.
Further information on the Rules of Amateur Status can be found by visiting the R&A website (www.randa.org).
Rules of Amateur Status - Principle Changes 2012
The Definition is amended to establish more clearly that an “amateur golfer”,
regardless of whether he plays competitively or recreationally, is one who plays
golf for the challenge it presents, not as a profession and not for financial gain.
Golf Skill or Reputation
A time limit of five years is introduced for the retention of “golf reputation”
after the player’s golf skill has diminished.
The Definition is expanded to allow prize vouchers to be used for the
purchase of goods or services from a golf club.
Rule 1-3 Amateurism; Purpose of the Rules
Rule 1-3 is amended to re-state why there is a distinction between amateur
and professional golf and why certain limits and restrictions are needed in the
Rule 2-1 Professionalism; General
The existing Rules on professionalism are consolidated and re-formatted into
new Rule 2-1.
Rule 2-2 Professionalism; Contracts and Agreements
National Golf Unions or Associations – New Rule 2-2(a) is added to allow
an amateur golfer to enter into a contract and/or agreement with his national
golf union or association, provided he does not obtain any financial gain,
directly or indirectly, while still an amateur golfer.
Professional Agents, Sponsors and Other Third Parties - New Rule 2-2(b) is
added to allow an amateur golfer, who is at least 18 years of age, to enter
into a contract and/or agreement with a third party solely in relation to
the golfer’s future as a professional golfer, provided he does not obtain any
financial gain, directly or indirectly, while still an amateur golfer.