I'll guarantee you dollar to doughnuts he knew better. His statement "I guess they have certain cheeks they can turn at certain times" is BS There are still plenty of us who try to make a living at our jobs and balance our competitive golf juices. You guys have NO clue. If you are a golfer of any kind and have participated in a tournament with a Calcutta, Skins Game or Excessive amounts of money
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Golfer loses legal bid to get amateur status back. Dusty Schmidt had filed a complaint seeking a preliminary restraining order that would have allowed him to keep his USGA amateur status and play in a series of events in the Pacific Northwest. Its disappointing, obviously, Schmidt said, because I wanted to play golf. Schmidt was a promising golfer from Southern California who went professional after a year at UC Irvine. But at age 23, he suffered a career-ending heart attack.
Golfer loses legal bid to get amateur status back
In John Ball finished in the top 5 in the Open Championship and accepted a small monetary prize. This incident was brought up when he won the Amateur Championship in At the time an amateur was one who did not play for prize money, or was an equipment maker, teacher, caddie, course architect or greenkeeper. It was eventually decided not to disqualify him. Francis Ouimet, winner of the US Open in , was declared an professional in because he part-owned a sports store - the USGA at time considered a professional was one who was 'engaged in any business concerned with golf'.
Prize Money and the Rules of Amateur Status. One of those standards is the Rules of Amateur Status which state An amateur golfer must not play golf for prize money or its equivalent in a match, competition or exhibition. Note: An amateur golfer may participate in an event where prize money or its equivalent is offered, provided that prior to participation he waives his right to accept prize money in that event.