Rules regarding prizes for holes-in-one by amateurs to be relaxed effective Jan. 1, governing bodies say
Approved: By the USGA and R&A, relaxed rules regarding amateur golfers and prizes associated with hole-in-one contests. Beginning Jan. 1, amateurs can accept unlimited prizes for a hole-in-one made during contests outside of a round of golf, including at “stand-alone” and “multiple-entry” hole-in-one events, the governing bodies announced Monday in a news release. The change is part of the USGA and R&A’s effort to modernize the Rules of Golf, including the definition of amateur status. The new language associated with “Rule 3-2b. Hole-in-One Prizes” in the Rules of Amateur Status will read: “An amateur golfer may accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during a round of golf on a golf course. An amateur golfer may also accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during contests held outside a round of golf, including multiple-entry contests and contests conducted other than on a golf course (e.g., on a driving range, golf simulator or putting green) provided in all cases that the length of the shot is at least 50 yards.” The USGA and R&A intend to update the Amateur Status Rules by late 2021, to take effect Jan. 1, 2022.