Far Hills, N.J. (Oct. 24) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) and The R&A today announced joint revisions to golf's Rules of Amateur Status. Coinciding with the four-year review of golf's 34 playing Rules, the Rules of Amateur Status are now revised and presented together by the USGA and the R&A for the first time.
The most significant changes affecting amateur golfers in the United States include:
The complete text of all changes to the Rules of Golf and to the Rules of Amateur Status may be found at www.usga.org, the website of the USGA, and at www.randa.org, the website of The R&A. Both websites also feature video summaries of the changes with commentary from USGA and R&A officials, as well as amateur and professional golfers.
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA's working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history and funds an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit usga.org.
About The R&A
Based in St Andrews, The R&A organizes The Open Championship, major amateur events and international matches. Together with the United States Golf Association, The R&A governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The R&A's working jurisdiction is global, excluding the United States and Mexico. The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the game internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities. The R&A operates with the consent of 143 organizations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf of over thirty million golfers in 128 countries.