The R&A - Working for Golf

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 5.

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.  Details of the procedure for Reinstatement of Amateur Status can also be downloaded using the link 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.  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.