Successful second Rules School in India
The second Indian Golf Union (IGU) Level 2 National Rules School earlier this month attracted 67 delegates from throughout India and Bangladesh.
The R&A is working with the Indian Golf Union to promote greater knowledge and understanding of the Rules of Golf and etiquette in India and to increase the number of qualified Rules officials in the country.
The Rules School was held at the historic Royal Calcutta Golf Club, the oldest club in the world outside Great Britain and Ireland. It was designed to follow on from two Level 1 Introductory Rules Schools held by the IGU using Rules education materials provided by The R&A last year.
In a sign of the growing interest in golf in India a total of 67 delegates attended the Rules School and were joined by three delegates from neighbouring Bangladesh. The Rules School featured instruction sessions and practical on-course demonstrations. Delegates were then examined on what they had learned with 14 becoming (IGU) Level A officials and 39 becoming (IGU) Level B officials. The top two performers will attend the 2103 Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees School in St Andrews next month.
The Indian Golf Union instructors at the Rules School were Ishwar Achanta, Shalini Malik, Prasanth Sakhamuri, Hari Achanta, Jayanan Satauopal. They were assisted by Kevin Barker from The R&A.
“The Rules School was very successful,” said Kevin, “The Indian game is growing and there was a real enthusiasm among the delegates to improve their understanding of the Rules. Our focus at The R&A through the Working for Golf programme is on supporting our affiliated organisations, such as the IGU, to enable them to deliver professional training on the Rules and etiquette and bring on their own referees and tournament administrators in future.”
The Rules School was held to coincide with the 112th staging of the Amateur Golf Championship of India which was won by Delhi golfer Shubhankar Sharma.