the NCAA’s interim policy on Name, Image and Likeness (“NIL”), which became
effective on July 1, the USGA and R&A will waive most NIL-related breaches
of the Rules of Amateur Status for collegiate golfers through the end of 2021
so long as that golfer retains his or her NCAA playing eligibility.
governing bodies proposed permanent changes to the Rules of Amateur Status in
February 2021 that, if adopted, will no longer restrict NIL-related activities
for all amateur golfers beginning Jan. 1, 2022. The plan remains to finalize
the modernized Amateur Status rules by late fall, with the goal of ensuring a
smooth transition and minimal disruption for all involved.
learning of the NCAA’s recent announcement, the USGA and R&A took this
interim step after considering what affect the NCAA’s announcement could have
on amateur golfers, event organizers, coaches and committees worldwide through
this interim period.
the immediate impact these decisions may have on a golf administrator’s ability
to confirm a player’s amateur status, we will actively monitor the overall
effect of these developments on the entire amateur game and, if necessary, we
will update the information provided as appropriate.
interim policy does not waive the Rules of Amateur Status in general for
collegiate golfers, nor does it waive Rule 6 (Use of
Golf Skill or Reputation) in its entirety. This interim approach is
intended to provide a short-term solution that has the minimum impact possible
on the amateur game and administrators until the new Rules of Amateur Status
come into effect and we believe that by adopting this interim position for
collegiate golfers only, we are minimizing the impact on administrators, while
trying to ensure that collegiate golfers attending the same institution can
receive the same benefits from use of their name, image and likeness.
though the NCAA has now allowed for collegiate golfers to benefit from their
NIL, we strongly encourage collegiate golfers to discuss their specific
situation with their school’s compliance department before entering into any
agreement or contract. This will help ensure compliance with NCAA guidelines,
which are not under the USGA’s nor R&A’s governance structure.
information as to the NCAA’s policy, click here.