VIDEO: A look at the USGA's amateur reinstatement process
Every so often, a player will come around whose situation sheds light on the USGA’s amateur-status reinstatement process. This year, PGA Tour player John Peterson, the former LSU standout who won an NCAA title in 2011, is that player. Now that Peterson, who finished fourth in the 2012 U.S. Open, has applied to become regain his amateur status, more golf fans are taking notice.
The reality is that amateur reinstatement is a fairly common occurrence. As Rob Ockenfuss, a member of the USGA Rules team, says in a short informational video created by the USGA, as many as 800 players seek reinstatement each year.
Among the 64 players who made match play at the U.S. Mid-Amateur last month, 31 were reinstated amateurs.
The USGA says it tries to make the reinstatement process as personal as possible. If you’ve ever wondered what that looks like, watch below: