Pieri Stripped of Amateur Golf Status (VIDEO)

By Tommy Schoegler
By Eric Dutkiewicz

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Reigning Fort Wayne Golf Association men's city champion Scott Pieri was stripped of his amateur status Tuesday after the USGA ruled a commercial he made violates amateur rules.

Pieri was playing at the state golf am in South Bend on Monday, but was informed he had broken Rule 6-2 that says amateur players cannot make money off a commercial or increase their profile as a personal benefit against the rest of the field.

Pieri did not receive money for the commercial, but the USGA deemed his 10-second testimonial for a local golf retailer as raising his profile enough to no longer be considered an amateur.

"I hope this can become a positive and not a negative," Pieri says. "i've loved amateur golf. I'd love to keep playing. But right now it's probably time to reflect a little bit."

Pieri says he notified the Indiana PGA of the commercial in recent weeks. The Indiana PGA turned the review over to the USGA.

Pieri could wait a year and seek to be reinstated as an amateur, which would prevent him from defending his city title.

Pieri could also pursue a pro career, which he did years ago.

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