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Amateur Status

The Rules of Amateur Status differentiate between those who play the game only for its challenges and enjoyment, and those who also pursue the game as a profession or for financial gain. Through appropriate limits and restrictions, such as those on the value of prizes that can be won, the Rules of Amateur Status are intended to encourage amateur golfers to enjoy the spirit of competition, rather than focus on financial reward. An amateur golfer who breaches these Rules may forfeit his or her amateur status and lose the ability to play as an amateur in competitions. Consequently it is import for players and administrators to understand the Rules of Amateur Status.

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