Earlier this year, the United States Golf Association opened a survey of amateur players Lucy Li over her engagement in an Apple Watch "Close Your Rings" video. However, according to a new report from Golf Digest today, the USGA has completed its investigation of the 16-year-old golfer.
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As reported in January, Li was investigated to violate USGA's rules of amateur status. This prohibits the use of an amateur golfer's name or similarity in a campaign or ad. Li was featured in Apple's latest series of "Close Your Ring" videos.
After the investigation, USGA officials have determined that Li will be allowed to retain his amateur status. The Amateur Status Committee today decided that a "one-time warning was appropriate instead of some stricter penalties."
In a statement, Li said she apologized to the USGA and never intended to end up in this situation:
I regretted the USGA and accept my responsibility by participating in the Apple Watch ad, Li said via Twitter. "It was never my intention to get the USGA and myself to be in this position. The USGA is like family to me, and I appreciate the thorough review of all the facts and considerations I have received. I look forward to continuing to play as an amateur and do everything I can to promote this great game. "
As part of the survey, USGA CEO Thomas Pagel came to Apple. Pagel states that Li was not compensated for her involvement in the Close Your Rings video, nor did she promise her future compensation.
Li says he has filmed a variety of activities as part of the video game, and was apparently unaware that she would appear as a golfer. Li traveled to Apple shortly after the video was published and requested that it be removed, as Apple did.
Li did not watch the video before it ran on January 2. Her active participation in correcting the situation affected by the USGA is merely thinking of issuing a warning, according to Pagel. In an issue from the USGA, the Amateur Status Committee, which consistently consisted of five voting members and led by USGA chairman Bob Kane, also took the face that she was only 16, and that this is her first breach of the rules.  With this behind her, the USGA says that Li will be able to attend the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship next month as an amateur, as well as any future competitions.
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