Amateur Status
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Q: How much money can I win in a competition before I lose my amateur status?

A: You will lose your amateur status if you accept any amount of cash. You may accept a prize valued up to $750 in any one competition.

Q: Can I win a car for a hole-in-one and keep my amateur status?

A: A prize for a hole-in-one made while playing golf may exceed the prize limit. The term “while playing golf” means during a stipulated round, not during a stand-alone hole-in-one contest.

Q: May I receive expense money to play in a golf tournament?

A: There is no limit on the amount of expense money a player may receive from a family member. If the expense money is not from family and exceeds $300, a golfer needs to make arrangements through his local golf association. Junior golfers may receive expenses to play in junior tournaments, but NCAA eligibility rules need to be checked

Q: If I receive a gift card as a prize, can I convert it into cash?

A: No.

Q: How do I apply for reinstatement of my amateur status?

A: Go to the United States Golf Association website – – and click on Rules and then Amateur Status.

Q: How long will it take to be reinstated if I have lost my amateur status?

A: If the period during which you were in violation of the Rules of Amateur Status is under five years, you will have to wait about one year from the date of the last breach of the Rules. You will have to wait two years if the period of the breach was longer than five years.

Q: While I am waiting for my reinstatement, can I play in my club’s tournaments?

A: As an “applicant for reinstatement” you may enter tournaments among members of a club where you are a member, subject to the approval of the club.