The USGA writes and maintains the Rules of Amateur Status along with the R&A Rules Limited. An "amateur golfer" is one who plays the game as a non-remunerative and non-profit-making sport and who does not receive remuneration for teaching golf or for other activities because of golf skill or reputation, except as provided in the Rules.
For an golfers that reside in the state of Connecticut wishing to regain their Amateur status, the Connecticut State Golf Association can help. The process for reinstatement is outlined below.
An application for reinstatement to amateur status must be completed before the USGA will consider you for reinstatement. Once the application is completed, it must be sent to the CSGA for review, and we will provide a recommendation and forward the applications to the USGA for processing. This process can take anywhere between 6 to 8 weeks.
The routine probation period a person must wait before reinstatement to amateur status is granted is two years from the date of the last act contrary to the Rules of Amateur Status. However, this probation period can vary depending on the type and length of violation.
Shorter periods of one year are typically granted for those who have accepted a non-conforming prize, and longer periods of three years are typically granted for those applicants who have played extensively for prize money or are requesting a second reinstatement. The waiting period is retroactive, and begins from the date the applicant last acted contrary to the Rules of Amateur Status.
For more information please contact the Connecticut State Golf Association at (860) 257-4171.