I'm playing open at a tournament that has a "skins match" tomorrow in lieu of a fourth round, with the top 4 finishing pro men and women being paired up to play mixed doubles in the skins match. I'm playing WAAAAYYYYY up just to fill the card so that the skins match will have the usual 4 mixed doubles teams. Another normally am player is doing the same. The TD has told us that the payout for the skins match is considered part of the payout for the 3 round tournament, and that we should take merchandise in lieu of cash for the skins match (even if we don't cash in open for the 3 "qualifying" rounds) if we want to preserve our amateur status for playing am worlds, majors, and NTs, but that we can still play ams in A, B, and C tier tournaments if our rating allows it, and that we will still be allowed to take payouts in those divisions in the form of merchandise, so long as we pay the full price charged to amateurs playing in those divisions.
My question arises in regards to rule 2.5, B-D as follows:
B. At the option of the TD, Pro or Am players may compete for trophies only in any Amateur division offered by an event that their player rating, age and sex qualifies them for, by paying a reduced entry fee.
C. Players competing under “Trophy Only” are not allowed to accept cash or prizes based upon finish but are allowed to accept trophies.
D. Players paying full price should have priority over players paying the reduced rate. If an event or division is full, a TD may require trophy only players to pay the full price in order to maintain their position in the tournament.
I just want to confirm that pro players playing am at A, B, and C tournaments are permitted to accept merchandise in lieu of cash, and are not required to play for trophy only, unless they pay a reduced entry fee.
Additionally, regarding the petition to be reclassified from pro to am, is it typically granted for players of low rating? What if they make a donation to charity in the amount of cash accepted? Does the donation have to be in the same year? What if they accept the cash and give it to their skins match doubles partner?