According to the Rules of Amateur Status decided on by the United States Golf Association, an amateur golfer must play the game and conduct himself in accordance to the Rules. An amateur golfer is defined as "one who plays the game as a non-remunerative and non-profit-making sport and who does not receive renumeration for teaching golf or for other activities because of golf skill or reputation, except as provided in the Rules."
A person who wishes to be an amateur golfer and who is in doubt as to whether they are an amateur or not, should contact the Wisconsin State Golf Association (414) 443-3560 or USGA directly. If he/she is found to no longer be an amateur and wishes to be will have to apply for their amateur status back. The WSGA office has the forms needed to reapply for amateur status.
Effective January 1, 2006, an amateur may receive expenses for individual competitions, provided that the reimbursement for the expenses is approved by and paid through the amateur’s state or regional golf association. Expenses include the following:
- Round Trip Transportation/Travel
- Entry Fee
- Caddie/Cart Fees
- Practice Range/Practice Round Fees
Amateurs wishing to have expenses reimbursed must:
- Submit a completed "Application for Reimbursement of Tournament Expenses" after participation in the competition.
- Submit a completed "Application to Donate Expenses to an Amateur Golfer", which must be completed by the outside source paying the expenses.
Both of these forms may be obtained by contacting the WSGA (414) 443-3560.