NCAA allows Aussie Millions runner-up to play golf

The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has ruled in favor of Bobby Neary, the 21-year-old Sonoma State University student who took second place at the 2006 Aussie Millions poker championship in Melbourne, Australia, in January, it was announced this week. Neary’s future as a top player on the Sonoma State men's golf team was jeopardized when he violated NCAA endorsement rules at the Aussie Millions main event in January.

Neary was declared "athletically ineligible" in mid-February after his university reported he wore attire provided by PartyPoker.com at the final table.

Sonoma State petitioned the association for Neary's reinstatement and was granted the request earlier this week on condition Neary sit out the first 10% of his team's season, which begins this Sunday. His athletic eligibility will be reinstated sometime next week.

"It was nerve-racking considering there was a possibility I wouldn't be able to play college golf the rest of my life," Neary said. "That was kind of scary."

Neary qualified for the Aussie Millions at PartyPoker.com and took home $520,000 for his second place finish. His acceptance of the PartyPoker.com prize package was awarded on condition he wear its merchandise while participating in the event.

Please see Neary To Golf No More? for further details.

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