USGA & GHIN Resources

Amateur Status and Reinstatement

An “amateur golfer” is defined as 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. Amateur status is lost whenever a player conducts or identifies himself as a professional golfer. According to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status, a professional golfer is one who:

  • plays the game as his profession; or
  • works as a professional golfer; or
  • enters a golf competition as a professional; or
  • holds or retains membership of any Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA); or
  • holds or retains membership of a Professional Tour limited exclusively to professional golfers

Holding membership in an organization of professional golfers (including apprentice status membership in the PGA) is a breach of Rule 2-2. If you have held membership in such an organization, you must resign your membership before you can be considered for amateur status.

The routine period awaiting reinstatement is one or two years from the date of the last act contrary to the Rules of Amateur Status. Please note that longer periods may be prescribed in the case of an applicant who has played extensively for prize money. This period can vary depending on the type and length of violation, and is retroactive to the date that you last worked or played as a professional.

The regulations governing reinstatement are set forth in Rule 9.

The USGA requires players who have lost their amateur status to apply for reinstatement by submitting an online application and a $150 application fee. Once completed, your application will be submitted to SCAGA for review, and then to the USGA for processing. After the USGA has reviewed your application, a letter will be sent to you by e-mail with the decision regarding your reinstatement date. Please note the application process may take 1-2 weeks.

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Rules & Decisions

One of the core functions of the USGA is to write and interpret the Rules of Golf. The Association does this in conjunction with the R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland. Learn and play by the rules for maximum enjoyment of the game. The USGA is there to help. Click here to learn more.


The SCAGA conducts its handicap practices under the auspices of the World Handicap System. The WHS enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equitable basis.

For a quick resource about the new handicapping system, including a course handicap calculator and access to the USGA’s experts, please visit the WHS website by clicking here.


If you are interested in applying to play in a USGA competition please visit the USGA Championship page. Click here to learn more. FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions about and posting scores online. Click here to learn more.

Conducting a Competition

The USGA provides valuable resources for conducting club, local, regional, or even national competitions. For help conducting whatever competition is on your schedule, we recommend using the USGA policies available by clicking here.

If you have any more specific questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Rules & Competitions, Logan Rasmussen, at (505) 897-0864 or by e-mail:

USGA Equipment Policies

The USGA tests balls, clubs and other equipment for conformity to the Rules of Golf. The purpose of the rules is to protect golf’s best traditions, to prevent an over-reliance on technological advances and to ensure that skill remains the dominant element of success for golfers everywhere. The Sun Country Amateur Golf Association follows the USGA’s standards for equipment in all of our competitions. Click here to find out if your equipment conforms.