Creed Of The Amateur

The work that I have done has been done for amateur sport,

and I hope that you won’t mind if I leave you with my creed on amateurism.

Amateurism, after all, must be the backbone of all sport, golf or otherwise. 

In my mind, an amateur is one who competes in a sport for the joy of playing,

for companionship it affords, for health-giving exercise, and for relaxation

from more serious matters. As a part of this light-hearted approach to the game,

he accepts cheerfully all adverse breaks,is considerate of his opponent,

plays the game fairly and squarely in accordance with its rules,

maintains self-control, and strives to do his best, not in order to win,

but rather as a test of his own skill and ability. These are his only interests,

and, in them, material considerations have no part. The returns which amateur sport

will bring tothose who play it in this spirit are greater than those any money could buy.

Robert Tufts

PInehurst, North Carolina

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