USGA Amateur Status Appeals and Advisory Procedures

(a) Request for Advisory Opinion from the Staff

Any person may request an advisory opinion from the USGA staff regarding whether an action that he or she is proposing to take would adversely affect his or her amateur status. Such a request should be provided by email to the USGA Director, Rules of Golf & Amateur Status, at amstat@usga.org. The staff shall determine, in its sole discretion, whether an advisory opinion should be provided.

(b) Appeal of a Decision from the Staff

Any person whose amateur status has or may be affected by a staff decision, whether issued in response to a request for an advisory opinion or otherwise, may appeal to the USGA Amateur Status Committee (“Committee”). A written request for an appeal must be submitted to the USGA Director, Rules of Golf & Amateur Status, at amstat@usga.org within 30 days after notice of the decision. The staff will provide the Committee with all information provided by the appellant, together with the staff's findings and recommendation. The Committee shall then issue a decision on the matter within a reasonable period of time after receipt of all materials.

(c) Appeal of a Decision from the Amateur Status Committee

Any person whose amateur status has or may be affected by a Committee decision may appeal to the USGA Executive Committee. A written request for an appeal must be submitted to the USGA Director, Rules of Golf & Amateur Status, at amstat@usga.org no later than 30 days after notice of the Committee decision. The appellant will have 30 days after he or she requests an appeal to submit materials in support of the appeal. The staff will provide the Executive Committee with information provided by the appellant, together with staff's findings and recommendation and the Committee’s findings and decision. The Executive Committee shall then issue a decision on the matter within a reasonable period of time after review of the appeal. The decision of the Executive Committee is final and not subject to any further appeal.

(d) Decisions from the Amateur Status Committee or Executive Committee

In the event the applicant intends to submit a new application for reinstatement following a decision by the Amateur Status Committee or the Executive Committee, the application should not be submitted prior to three years from the date of the decision. Any applications submitted prior to that date will not normally be considered.

(e) General

In all circumstances, including appeals, the staff, the Committee and the Executive Committee may continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of the matter after the issuance of a decision and while the appeal is pending, and they may base their decision on any facts or matters they deem relevant. The Committee and/or the Executive Committee may alter or reverse their decision if they subsequently determine that statements made by the appellant in support of the appeal were inaccurate or misleading or that the decision was otherwise based on an understanding of the facts and circumstances that was incorrect.

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