“An amateur is one who competes in a sport for the joy of playing, for the 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.” – William Campbell

“The Creed of the Amateur” was written by William Tufts, former USGA President and contains his thoughts on sportsmanship and conduct. The Marion County Golf Association subscribes to “The Creed.”
Sportsmanlike behavior is an essential element of “The Creed” if competition is to contribute usefully and constructively to the broad goals of furthering the game of golf and to the quality of life of those involved. We therefore pledge ourselves individually and collectively to encourage and support the development and maintenance of a sportsmanlike atmosphere for athletic competition.
Athletic competition can provide everyone with a sense of accomplishment and pride, if all of us abide by the rules of good conduct. Conduct before, during and after competition must exemplify the highest traditions of “The Creed”.
Competition is conducted in a non-discriminatory manner that encourages enthusiastic support within the confines of good sportsmanship and fosters a positive attitude amongst spectators and contestants.

1. Players and spectators should know that participation is an honor and privilege which requires them to conduct themselves in a manner that brings honor and pride to their community and the public in general.

2. Players should demonstrate both knowledge of the rules and respect for game officials and their decisions.

3. Unsportsmanlike conduct, including abusive language, cheating, club throwing, disrespect to volunteers, officials or fellow competitors, or abuse of golf course property will not be tolerated. This includes any conduct not becoming a player, such as acting in anger or creating other distractions, physical abuse, threat of physical abuse, verbal abuse, slander or libel towards other players, spectators, staff members of the golf courses, volunteers or committee members.

4. The Marion County Golf Association dress code shall be observed at all times.