Reinstatement to Amateur Status

Each governing body has the sole authority to:

  • reinstate to Amateur Status a professional golfer or person who has infringed the Rules of Amateur Status
  • prescribe a waiting period for reinstatement, or
  • deny reinstatement.

Each application is considered on its own merits with consideration normally given to the principles outlined in Rule 9.

Procedure for Reinstatement to Amateur Status

For residents of Great Britain and Ireland only, applicants must complete the online application for Reinstatement to Amateur Status, which can be found using the links to the right.  Details of the procedure for Reinstatement of Amateur Status can also be downloaded using the links to the right.

For residents of other countries, please contact your national golf association/federation directly.

For applicants in Great Britain and Ireland, it is important to note:

  • Holding membership of an organisation of professional golfers (including assistant or trainee status of a PGA) is a breach of Rule 2-1.  Before applying for reinstatement to Amateur Status, you must have resigned your membership before your application can be considered.
  • If you participated on a professional tour or a mini-tour, you need to include any playing records or an approximation of the total number of events played when asked for details of your playing record.

Please note, a person is not normally eligible to be reinstated more than twice. 

The period awaiting reinstatement is dependent on the length of time the applicant has been in breach of the Rules.  The standard period awaiting reinstatement is as follows:

       Professionalism

Period of Breach

Period Awaiting Reinstatement

Under 5 years

1 year

5 years or more

2 years

       Improper Prize (£)

Value of Prize

Period Awaiting Reinstatement

501 - 5000

1 year

5001 +

2 years

       Non-Approved Expenses (£)

Value of Expenses

Period Awaiting Reinstatement

Up to 5000

1 year

5001 +

2 years

The period awaiting reinstatement can vary depending on the type and length of breach and normally starts from the date of the person’s last breach. For former members of the PGA, the date of last breach is the resignation date from the PGA.

Once the application has been completed, The R&A will forward the application to the Professional Golfers’ Association, the player’s national union and the player’s county union or association for further verification.

A letter will be sent to the applicant by post with the decision regarding a reinstatement date.  Please note, this application process may take 3-4 weeks.

For further information on reinstatement to Amateur Status, see Rule 9 of the Rules of Amateur Status.