International referees school held in St Andrews

An international referees school which attracted more than 70 representatives of golf federations from all over the world took place in St Andrews this week.

The annual R&A Tournament Administrators and Referees School was attended by delegates from more than 30 different countries spanning South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada and Europe. The event was hosted by The R&A at the Fairmont St Andrews Resort and was designed to assist its affiliated bodies with training referees and tournament officials.

The three-day School included practical demonstration sessions on a specially constructed indoor facility, instructional sessions and presentations on subjects including pace of play, starting and recording, course marking, amateur status and guidance on officiating. Andy McFee, the Chief Referee on the European Tour, gave a presentation about refereeing at the professional level and joined The R&A instructors for a role play session in which delegates give rulings in realistic on-course situations.

The School culminated in the delegates sitting the Level Three Rules Exam to test their knowledge of the Rules. The R&A’s Rules Education programme takes a three-tiered approach to guide people from gaining a basic knowledge of the Rules to reaching the standard of tournament officials and referees.

David Rickman, Executive Director – Rules and Equipment Standards at The R&A, said, “It is great to see such a high level of interest from so many different countries. The School covers the many different aspects of refereeing and administering tournaments and takes people through the situations they might face out on the course. The diverse range of countries represented again this year shows that golf is growing in many parts of the world and we are working hard to support its development wherever we can.”