USGA and The R&A Release Modernized Rules of Amateur Status

The USGA and The R&A today released the modernized Rules of Amateur Status, effective January 1, 2022. The main bullet points to know are:

As part of the modernization effort, the new Rules identify only the following acts that will result in a golfer losing their amateur status:

  • Accepting a prize with a value exceeding the prize limit ($1000/£700) or accepting prize money in a handicap competition.
  • Playing as a professional.
  • Accepting payment for giving instruction (although all current exceptions still apply, such as coaching at educational institutions and assisting with approved programs).
  • Accepting employment as a golf club professional or membership of an association of professional golfers.

To achieve this simplified approach, the following key changes have been introduced:

  • Distinguishing between scratch and handicap competitions in terms of the prizes that may be accepted.
  • The prize rule applies only to tee-to-hole competitions played on a golf course or a simulator, but no longer apply to long-drive, putting and skills competitions that are not played as part of a tee-to-hole competition.
  • Eliminating all advertising, expense-related and sponsorship restrictions.

Click Here for the full release from the USGA.


2021 Arizona Golf Overseed Schedule

October 12, 2021

In case you missed it… our 2021 AGA Overseed Schedule is available to view and download.

Additionally, you can find it in our latest issue of the AZ Golf Insider Digital Magazine, which is shown below.
Click on the image to read the latest issue or continue scrolling to view and/or download the Overseed Schedule in PDF form.

Download the 2021 Overseed Schedule – Arizona Golf Association

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Davidson, Honerkamp and Longe win 2021 Arizona Divisional Match Play at Papago Golf Club

Mike Davidson, David Honerkamp and Don Longe are the winners of 2021 Arizona Divisional Match Play at Papago Golf Club for their respective divisions.

On the fourth day of competition, Davidson won 6&5 against Matthew McDougall in the Championship Match of the Masters Bracket.

In the Senior Bracket, Honerkamp defeated David Galbraith 3&2 to secure the championship in match play. Longe beat Bob Burton 3&2 as well in the Championship Match of the Legends Bracket.


Long and Summerhays, Javnick and Hauptman, qualify for U.S. Women’s Fourball Championship in Puerto Rico.

Phoenix, AZ– Berlin Long and Grace Summerhays, along with Jayden Jevnick and Kate Hauptman, earned co-medalist at the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Fourball Qualifier at Briarwood Country Club.

Long, from Lehi, Utah, is verbally committed to play at Brigham Young University. Her playing mate, Grace Summerhays, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is committed to Arizona State.

Kate Hauptman, 12-year-old, is from Phoenix, Arizona. In her last eight tournaments, Hauptman has five T5 or better finishes. Jayden Jevnick, just 13 years-old, is from Cave Creek, Arizona. This Thursday was Jevnick’s 12th event of 2021. In twelve events, she has six T10 or better finishes.

After shooting 5-under 67 on Thursday, the four shared a two-stroke lead over the rest of the field.

All four women will be heading to Grand Reserve Golf Club next April for the U.S. Women’s Fourball Championship. This is the first time that a Puerto Rico course will host a USGA Championship.