2012 China National Referees School
The 6th China National Referees School, run in conjunction with The R&A and the China Golf Association (CGA), was held at Nansha Golf Club, Guangdong province, in November.
The CGA facilitate a Rules education programme throughout the year with 700 delegates attending the preliminary stages during the course of 2012. Of those who participated in these stages, 574 passed the basic R&A Level 1 exam, with many going on to attend intermediate Schools. From these intermediate Schools, 28 delegates qualified for the final stage at Nansha Golf Club.
The R&A team of Grant Moir (Director – Rules) and Shona McRae (Assistant Director – Rules) were joined for the third year by CGA instructors to conduct the final stage of the Rules programme. Taylor Li, China’s most senior Rules official and a Referee at The Open Championship in 2009, and Chris Feng, Chief Referee on the China LPGA Tour and a Referee at The Open Championship in 2010, joined The R&A team to present the School to the delegates. Also assisting with the demonstrations and presentations were Benny Xiao and Sherry Shao, both experienced referees in China.
With the emphasis of the School focusing on the role of a referee, sessions on preparing local rules, conditions of competition, marking the course and actually giving rulings were carried out. In addition, the delegates had the opportunity to sit The R&A Level 3 exam 65% of which is in English with the remainder translated to Mandarin.
Fourteen of the delegates achieved 75% or better in the Rules Exam, which qualified them to participate in the practical examination on refereeing. The practical examination was conducted in English only and of the fourteen, eight achieved the national ‘A’ certification and will now go on to referee at national events across China, including professional Tour events.
Taylor Li commented, “We are delighted to see another eight delegates achieve the National A pass. We hope to see them all refereeing at many of our national championships during 2013.”