China National Rules School 2013

The 7th China National Rules School, organised by The R&A and run in conjunction with the China Golf Association (CGA), took place in Shenzhen from 6-8 November this year. The School was held at the CTS Tycoon Golf Club, located just on the northern outskirts of Shenzhen, Guandong.

This was the fourth year that the instruction at the National Rules School was provided jointly by The R&A and CGA instructors. Grant Moir and Shona McRae of The R&A were joined by Chinese instructors, Taylor Li, Benny Xiao, Sherry Shao and Ricky Chen who all assisted with translation, presentations, practical demonstrations and role play sessions.

The programme was run on the same basis as previous years with over 500 delegates attending the Preliminary stage and from there, 108 progressed to the Intermediate stage. Of the 108 delegates who attended the Intermediate stage, 59 qualified to attend the final stage, the National Rules School.

The School focuses on the role of a referee. Sessions on preparing local rules, conditions of competition, marking the course and giving rulings were carried out by the instructors. In addition, the delegates had the opportunity to be involved in practical demonstrations on the course.

A number of the delegates had previously attended a National Rules School and were returning this year to try again to achieve the top award, a National “A” certificate. To achieve this top award a delegate must first score at least 75% in the Rules Exam (which has 65% of its content in English), then score at least 11 out of 15 marks in the Refereeing Role Play Exam.

Out of the 59 delegates, 34 delegates scored 75% or better in the Rules Exam but only the top 30 qualify for the practical role play examination on the final day. This high standard of attainment reflects the continuing improvement in Rules knowledge amongst those studying golf in China.

The practical examination on the final day was conducted in English only. Of the 30 that qualified to take the Exam, 14 achieved the national ‘A’ certification. The delight of those passing the national ‘A’ certification was evident as these delegates will now go on to referee at national events across China, including professional Tour events.