Dusty Schmidt No Longer Seeks To Sue USGAAugust 7, 2009 8:16 am
Dusty Schmidt,the amateur golfer and online poker pro who sought to sue the United States Golf Association after they stripped him of his amateur status, has decided to drop the case conceding that he now didn’t believe his case was strong enough.
Schmidt was a professional golfer who started playing poker while recuperating from a heart attack at the age of 23. He discovered he had a talent for the game and was able to make over $100,000 a month and accrue $3 million in winnings.
As his health got better he applied and was granted amateur golf status by the USGA. However, after they discovered he had issued a $1 million golf/poker challenge the board declared he had rescinded his amateur status with the bet and that : “The definition of an amateur golfer provides that an amateur golfer is one who plays the game as a non-remunerative and non-profit-making sport. When gambling motives are introduced, problems can arise which threaten the integrity of the game.”
Dusty Schmidt took exception to the ruling and so decided to sue the USGA board, with the case due in court on the 22nd September but now has abandoned attempts of a legal remedy. He said: “The USGA is pretty ingeniously designed. The way their rules are set up, they’re almost impenetrable from a legal perspective. I don’t think I could win with O.J.’s lawyers. No matter what angle you tried to go for, they had the loophole covered. There was just no way.”
Schmidt now intends to re focus back on his golf again and with the help of coach Brian Henninger, hopes to reenter the game once more as a pro.”It just means I’m going to work a lot harder on my game and try to play some golf professionally,” said Schmidt.
It would seem Brian Henninger is just the man to make it possible for Dusty having had 44 finishes in the top 25 of PGA events and won over $3.3 million.