Date: October 28, 2011
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Rules of Amateur Status 2012-15 (Video and Text)

NEW AMATEUR STATUS 2012-15

Principal Changes Introduced into the 2012 Code

Rules of Amateur Status Definitions Amateur Golfer 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. Prize Vouchers The Definition is expanded to allow prize vouchers to be used for the purchase of goods or services from a golf club. Rules 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 amateur game. 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. VIDEO: Rule 2-2 Explained: Rule 3-2b Hole-in-One Prizes New Rule 3-2b excludes from the general prize limit prizes (including cash prizes)awarded for achieving a hole-in-one while playing a round of golf. This exception is specific to prizes for holes-in-one (not longest drive or nearest the hole) and neither separate events nor multiple-entry events qualify. Rule 4-3 Subsistence Expenses New Rule added to allow an amateur golfer to receive subsistence expenses to assist with general living costs, provided the expenses are approved by and paid through the player s national golf union or association. VIDEO: Rule 4-3 Explained: VIDEO: General Overview of the Rules of Amateur Status