R&A, USGA Propose Amateur Status Rules Changes
"Many of the players need financial support to compete and develop to their full potential, and the proposed new rules will give much greater scope for this."
- Grant Moir, director of rules at The R&A
From Golf Digest:
The USGA and R&A announced Monday proposals to the rules of amateur status in golf, one of which would allow endorsements to amateur players.
Citing a need to modernize the current system, the governing bodies tweaked a series of provisions in the sport while adhering to the principles that constitute amateur status. Some of the notable proposed changes include:
- Eliminate all sponsorship-related restrictions.
- Remove any restrictions on how an amateur may benefit from his or her name, image or likeness, including but not limited to the receipt of expenses.
- Eliminate the distinction between cash and other forms of prizes.