Very very very rarely would a player stay amateur. Back in the day, 1930s etc, there was no money in professional Golf so most only turned pro to teach, not play the tour. Bobby Jones is a good example, he never turned pro. Trip Kuehne is a good modern day example, he had a great amateur career and played the Masters twice. Nowadays the players who are amateurs in majors are either in college or couldn't turn pro before the event or they'd lose their invitation. Some just don't fancy the professionals life style.
Amateur status is defined by the USGA and R and A as simply not a professional golfer. The maximum amount of money an amateur can win is £250 / $500. If an amateur accepts a prize of greater than this they are deemed to have broken the rules of amateur status and therefore become a professional golfer.
If the competition is an open the champion would be the winning score amateur or pro. However some competitions have pros as the winner and runners up and an amateur as the winning amateur.
Amateur status is where a Golfer is not a professional Golfer. On the nationwide tour it would be considered as the player can win the event and trophy and the exemptions that go with it but they cannot take the prize money, as this is against the rules of amateur status. As the Nationwide tour is a professional tour there are no amateur members but some amateurs get asked to play the events in sponsors exemptions.
Only if he resigns from PGA and after 2 years he is considered to be an amateur
A professional Golfer is a very good golfer that does not follow the USGA and R&A Rules of Amateur Status. Basically, that is a golfer that accepts prize money at tournaments(ie Tiger Woods).
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Haley Stephens is a amateur golfer who currently attends the University of Texas.
Yes, of course they can.
No Amateur Golfer has ever won The Masters at Augusta National.
Under the rules of the USGA an amateur golfer must not accept a prize with a retail value of more than $750 dollars. Under the rules of the R&A an amateur golfer must not accept a prize with a retail value of more than £500.
Around 55-75 mph. However, a lady professional or good amateur would be 80-95 mph.