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Are skins games legal under NCAA eligibility rules?


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#1 Eag1e

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

My home course has two games a week. All players pay an entry fee, and all entry money is redistributed through skins. My home course will give me any skins I win in the form of gift certificates, so I know it would be fine as far as the rule for accepting cash. Would there be any other reason that this would fall as illegal under NCAA eligibility rules?

Edited by Eag1e, 01 January 2013 - 10:44 AM.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

I'd be more concerned about the throwing the money in the pot than the payout. From years past... I know on more than one occasion when a junior golfer was playing in our money games someone would back him. And take any money the junior won.

Later on the kid/dad/mom happened into some money. :wave:

Call the NCAA and get a ruling or talk to your college's Compliance Dept. Every college has one.

http://www.ncaa.org

Edited by esketores, 01 January 2013 - 03:03 PM.

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#3 Titleistman1010

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

I think you should be fine, but call just incase I would call. At my home course several D1 players play in the skin games and take home cash.

Edited by Titleistman1010, 01 January 2013 - 04:41 PM.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

To be considered an amateur golfer you can not win any purse amount over $750. Anything under that you will be fine, but anything above that you will lose amateur status and not be allowed to play in amatuer events, or college.
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

View PostCCUgolfer23, on 01 January 2013 - 07:27 PM, said:

To be considered an amateur golfer you can not win any purse amount over $750. Anything under that you will be fine, but anything above that you will lose amateur status and not be allowed to play in amatuer events, or college.
Technically, you can't play in skins games because it's considered gambling.  The NCAA similarly looks down on athletes being involved in pools for the NCAA basketball tournament.  That being said, the only way the NCAA is going to find about you playing in a skins game is if you talk about it.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

Don't tell anybody!!

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

The NCAA is focused on way more important things than a skins game at a country club. Take it from experience, no one at the NCAA or even your school is probably going to ask and or care as long as it not blatant.




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