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USGA Exploring Allowing Cash – Not Gift Certificates to be Awarded for Prizes

Over the course of the past year, the PGA Board, Officers and Staff have been working diligently to seek modifications to key provisions of the proposed Amateur Rules Update that were authored by the R&A and USGA.  Currently, the USGA is reviewing and asking for feedback on the Proposed Rules of Amateur Status for 2022 and beyond. One of the items they are looking to change is Rule 3: Prizes. They have recommended that an amateur is allowed to accept any prize, including money or other currency, up to a limit of $750. 

The PGA of America is adamantly opposed to this change. This change would severely hurt our golf shops' ability to compete with big-box retailers. Guaranteed tournament revenue in the form of gift certificates and "credit book" makes it easier to stock merchandise at our facilities, and the more merchandise we have in the golf shop, the more opportunities we have for sales. 
If the USGA approves this change, it will have an adverse effect on golf shop sales that will trickle down to the OEM's, apparel companies and all those who derive a living by selling to golf shops. This change, although perceived to be small by the USGA, will ultimately cost people who work in our business their jobs. Also, it will adversely affect the income for our PGA Members and Associates. 

We encourage you to send a professionally written email to amstat@usga.org. The public feedback period ends on March 26, 2021. 
Thank you for your consideration.