Alternate Submission Options
Alternate PAT Events:
To satisfy the 36-hole PGA of America Playing Ability Test (PAT) requirement, participants aged 16 or older can use the first two round scores from various qualified golf events. Eligible events include:
- PGA Professional Tour tournaments
- Collegiate golf tournaments (across all divisions and junior colleges)
- PGA National or Section events
- State Opens, State Amateurs
- High School Championships
- USGA or R&A 36-hole qualifiers
- AJGA events with minimum yardage qualifications
For PGA of America Associates, Students, and non-PGA professionals, combining two 18-hole scores from PGA-sanctioned events (National, Section, Chapter) within a year is permissible to meet the 36-hole PAT requirement. PGA University Students may also combine an 18-hole score from university events with other qualifying scores within a year to fulfill the PAT.
As a preliminary step in the PGM Associate Program, participants can submit a handicap index of less than ten as a qualifying score.
Note: this submission is considered a qualifying score, and a passing PAT must be achieved before election to Class A Membership.
Combining PAT Scores:
Participants in standard 36-hole PAT events have the option to combine two 18-hole scores from multiple PAT events within a year to meet the 36-hole requirement.