An amateur winning a golf tournament could accept a prize — if the value is $750 or less.
USGA Rule 3-2, “Prize Money,” allows amateurs to compete in events and win prizes such as vouchers for free golf equipment.
Amateurs can keep prizes exceeding the $750 limit for winning a hole-in-one, according to the USGA.
Do pro golfers pay their own expenses?
Yes, they do. And it can be pretty expensive. Some estimates place the annual expenditures on travel (including room and board) at upwards of $200,000 for a golfer who plays in events worldwide. In addition, pro golfers also have to pay their caddies each week.
How much money does an average golfer make?
According to the PGA of America’s compensation survey for 2010, PGA head pros made a median of $68,600, with the range from $40,000 to $140,000. Assistant pros who are full PGA members made a median of $37,000, ranging from $22,000 to $59,000.
Can an amatuer golfer win the Masters?
No. As an amateur golfer, you may not play for or accept a cash prize of any amount.