For Information about Rules, Ratings and the handicapping system contact Andrew Robb, Manager Game Development, Rules and Handicapping:
or by phone: 02 9505 9105
To view the full range of Decisions on Amateur status from the Royal & Ancient, please visit:https://www.randa.org/en/amateur-status/mainrules/1-amateurism
Should you wish to apply for a reinstatement of your Amateur Status, please download and complete the following form.
Please then email the form to: [email protected]
The following document is for the information of golf clubs, event organisers, and amateur golfers in general in relation to the awarding of prizes. It applies to regular golf competitions as well as longest drive, nearest the pin, putting, hole-in-one, and other similar events in which golf skill is a factor.
Golf Australia has altered the guidelines under which Amateurs can apply to receive payment for giving golf instruction. These changes encourage the greater delivery of programs aimed at introducing and/or engaging people in golf.
From the 1st January 2006 The R & A amended Amateur Status Rule 5-2b to read as follows:
“An amateur golfer may receive expenses, payment or compensation for giving golf instruction as part of a Program that has been approved in advance by the Governing Body.”
Golf Australia has worked with the PGA of Australia in setting the guidelines under which amateur golfers can apply to Golf Australia for approval to receive payment for instruction as part of a Golf Australia compliant program.
These guidelines encourage amateurs to work with PGA members in growing the game while also encouraging the provision of coaching in rural and remote areas.
As a general rule an amateur golfer cannot accept expenses to compete in a golf competition. A number of exceptions apply and these are set out in Amateur Status Rule 4-2. They include family support, junior events, team events, and support from national and state golf associations.
Each year Golf Australia is asked to approve a small number of sponsored handicap competitions under Rule 4-2g of the Rules of Amateur Status, thereby allowing the organisers or sponsors of such events to pay expenses (ie travel and accommodation costs) on behalf of competitors.
This download provides further information.