R&A publishes new amateur rules for 2022

The R&A and the USGA have published the new rules of amateur status which come into effect on January 1, 2022.

The aim of the ‘modernised’ rules is to remove restrictions which previously applied to amateur golfers balanced against ensuring the integrity of the game is protected by limiting the form and value of the prizes an amateur golfer can receive.

Grace Kim and Louis Dobbelaar Grace Kim and Louis Dobbelaar won the 2021 Australian Amateur titles (Credit: David Brand)

Limits have been placed on what amateurs can receive without losing their status including not being able to accept a prize with the value exceeding the limit of £700 (US$1000) or accepting prize money in a handicap competition.

Amateurs also cannot accept payment for giving instruction or accept employment as a golf club professional. Other relevant changes include lifting sponsorship restrictions.

According to Grant Moir, Director of Rules at The R&A, the changes are designed to meet the needs of the modern game.

“These Rules play an important role in protecting the integrity of our self-regulating sport but the code must evolve to meet the needs of the modern game.” said Moir.

“This is particularly important for modern elite amateur golf, where many of the players need financial support to compete and develop to their full potential. The new Rules give them this opportunity and will help to make the game even more inclusive.”