Amateur Status - a fundamental principle

Posted January 30, 2007 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Although the USGA's regulations regarding Amateur Status have changed most notably in recent years, the basic definition of an amateur golf remains - "an 'amateur golfer' is one who plays the game as a non-remunerative and non-profit-making sport and who does not receive remuneration for teaching golf or for other activities because of golf skill or reputation, except as provided in the Rules."

The WPGA works with the USGA on amateur status. Area reinstatements are reviewed here prior to the USGA's final approval. If a questionable event, usually one played for cash prizes, reaches us, we contact the event and forward information to the USGA. Primarily, the WPGA informs golfers about the do's and don'ts of retaining Amateur Status. Several prominent amateur golfers have lost amateur status, including Harvie Ward as the reigning US Amateur champion in 1957; those who believe either the WPGA or USGA will overlook a violation are sorely mistaken. We encourage anyone with questions to contact our office.