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How would an amateur with no tournament experience go about entering a pro tournament? What are the steps in order to find and qualify for pro tournaments? Thanks!
--Andrew S. from Lisle, IL

Hi Andrew. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm excited to get to help you with your game.

To turn pro all you have to do is declare yourself so and accept money. If you play in a tournament and register as a professional and accept prize money, you are deemed a pro. There is a limit on non cash prizes you can accept (I think it is $750 now ).

If you claimed you were a pro and started teaching lessons and got paid for teaching for instance, you would lose your amateur status. Your best bet is to look up the USGA as they have all the current info on pro vs. amateur status on their website.

The big question is why would you give up your amateur status and turn pro when you have no tournament experience? If you don't think it's likely that you would win a significant amount of money then it's probably not worth it. You can eventually get your amateur status back, but it takes years to do so.

I hope that helps and if you have any other questions, just let me know.

Thanks.

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