USGA APPROVES CHANGES IN AMATEUR STATUS CODE
Far Hills, N.J. - The United States Golf Association has
approved a re-written version of the Rules of Amateur Status, which will
be effective January 1, 2002. The new version will include significant
changes in rulings on equipment and attempting to become a professional.
"The new organization of the Rules of Amateur Status
simplifies the code," said Executive Committee member and Amateur Status
and Conduct Committee chairman Peter James. "It also affords amateur
players a greater chance to improve their ability without forfeiting
their amateur status."
Most significantly, an amateur will be able to accept equipment
from manufacturers without jeopardizing his or her status. In
addition, any amateur entering any stage of qualifying for a Tour
School, if he waives the right to prize money, will remain an amateur,
should he not qualify. A player whose sole violation of the amateur
status code was to attempt to qualify for a professional tour (including
in the fall of 2001) will automatically have his amateur status
reinstated on January 1, 2002.
In other changes to the Rules of Amateur status, a list of
common definitions within the code will be added; any amateur who
unsuccessfully applies for an assistant professional's position will
retain his or her status; and, prizes up to $500 (in merchandise or gift
certificates) for holes-in-one, in addition to a normal tournament
prize, will be acceptable.
For more information on the Rules of Amateur Status, call John
Morrissett or Donna Anderson of the USGA at (908) 234-2300.
July 11, 2001