Cash prizes for club golfers? R&A and USGA announce shake-up of Rules of Amateur Status

Golf's governing bodies have put forward proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status

Club golfers could receive cash prizes for winning competitions as the R&A and USGA announced proposals for the biggest shake up to the Rules of Amateur Status in decades. Players also could benefit from sponsorship, while winning big money long-drive contests and putting competitions would no longer force participants to consider turning professional. The potential changes are the result of a "modernisation initiative" the two governing bodies undertook to "reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply"....
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