USGA Amateur Status & Rules of Golf

The Texas Golf Association will conduct a series of educational seminars on the modernized USGA Rules of Golf beginning in October. The first set of seminars will focus on the “Major Changes to the Rules of Golf”. The sessions will be held in Houston, Dallas and the Hill Country, and the sessions will take place prior to the PGA/USGA Rules School dates for Dallas on Nov. 16-19.

The intent of the TGA Rules Seminars is to develop an understanding of the major changes of the Rules of Golf that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. The program will be comprised of classroom lectures through the use of Microsoft Power Point slide presentations.Following the lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to become certified on the new Rules of Golf. The TGA has the ability to administer the 80-question advanced exam. By achieving a score of 70 out of 80 or higher, individuals will earn the “Advanced” Rules Certification with the PGA and USGA.

  • Rules of Golf 2020 seminar schedule, click here.
  • For more information on the major changes to the Rules of Golf, click here.

Amateur Status Reinstatement

For any golfers that reside in the state of Texas wishing to regain their Amateur status, the Texas Golf Association can help. The process for reinstatement is outlined below. An application for reinstatement to amateur status must be completed in duplicate before the USGA will consider you for reinstatement. Once the applications are completed, they must first be sent to the Texas Golf Association for review, and we will provide a recommendation and forward the applications to the USGA for processing. This process can take anywhere between 6 to 8 weeks. The routine probation period a person must wait before reinstatement to amateur status is granted is two years from the date of the last act contrary to the Rules of Amateur Status. However, this probation period can vary depending on the type and length of violation. Shorter periods of one year are typically granted for those who have accepted a non-conforming prize, and longer periods of three years are typically granted for those applicants who have played extensively for prize money or are requesting a second reinstatement. The waiting period is retroactive, and begins from the date the applicant last acted contrary to the Rules of Amateur Status. For more information please contact the Texas Golf Association at 214.468.8942.

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