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Could NIL Money Affect Amateur Status for College Golfers?
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Could NIL Money Affect Amateur Status for College Golfers?

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Jun 13, 2024, 12:25 PM
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Something I was wondering the other day... golf has always been big on college players being "amateurs", in the sense that they have never taken winnings from a golf tournament. Say as time goes on, kids are getting offered contracts to come play golf for a college (not big money like football, but something), any chance that could have an effect on their amateur status?

Or has the USGA already issued some kind of statement on this?

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Jun 13, 2024, 2:31 PM
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That is a good question. Maybe the difference is that the USGA is not overseeing college sports and determines a players status for their events. I don't think they are denying anyone the chance to make money from their NIL, only that if they do, they can no longer qualify for amateur status with their organization.

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Jun 14, 2024, 7:19 AM
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Here you go:
https://www.usga.org/rules-hub/amateur-status/amateur-status-and-ncaa-rules--a-quick-guide.html

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Jun 14, 2024, 7:33 AM
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Thanks for finding that link, based on that, it looks like college golfers can't really use NIL unless they want to forego their amateur status. As time goes on, that may not be as big of a deal for lots of players.

Then again, not sure how popular many college golfers are, but there are some exceptions. John Daly's son for example.

I remember one of the guys from the Good Good channel on YouTube was on a college team, and after his freshman year his channel had grown and he decided to monetize the channel to get some money on the side. That went against NCAA rules at the time as it turned out, and he had to choose to pursue the YouTube avenue and dropped out of the team. Turns out it was a good decision in his case, that just got me thinking about the NIL changes.

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