PGA of America

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.

Handicap Submissions:

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.

Submit Alternate PAT