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Prizes
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Prizes
For the content of this Rule, refer to Rules 3-1 through to 3-3.
3-1

Playing for Prize Money

a. General An amateur golfer must not play golf for prize money or its equivalent in a match, competition or exhibition.  However, an amateur golfer may participate in a golf match, competition or exhibition where prize money or its equivalent is offered, provided that prior to participation he waives his right to accept prize money in that event. Exception: Hole-in-one prizes -see Rule 3-2b. b. Prize Money to Charity An amateur golfer may participate in an event where prize money or its equivalent is donated to a recognised charity, provided the approval of the Governing Body is first obtained in advance by the organiser. 
3-2

Prize Limits

a. General  An amateur golfer must not accept a prize (other than a symbolic prize) or prize voucher of retail value in excess of £500 or the equivalent, or such a lesser figure as may be decided by the Governing Body. This limit applies to the total prizes or prize vouchers received by an amateur golfer in any one competition or series of competitions. Exception: Hole-in-one prizes – see Rule 3-2b.2 Prize Limits Note 1: The prize limits apply to any form of golf competition, whether on a golf course, driving range or golf simulator, including nearest the hole and longest drive competitions.  Note 2: The responsibility to prove the retail value of a particular prize rests with the Committee in charge of the competition.  Note 3: It is recommended that the total value of prizes in a gross competition, or each division of a handicap competition, should not exceed twice the prescribed limit in an 18-hole competition, three times in a 36-hole competition, five times in a 54-hole competition and six times in a 72-hole competition.  b. Hole-in-One Prizes  An amateur golfer may accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during a round of golf on a golf course. An amateur golfer may also accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during contests held outside  a round of golf, including multiple-entry contests, and contests conducted other than on a golf course (e.g. on a driving range, golf simulator, or putting green) provided in all cases that the length of the shot is at least 50 yards.
3-3

Testimonial Awards

a. General  An amateur golfer must not accept a testimonial award of retail value in excess of the limits prescribed in Rule 3-2. b. Multiple Awards  An amateur golfer may accept more than one testimonial award from different donors, even though their total retail value exceeds the prescribed limit, provided they are not presented so as to evade the limit for a single award.