Golf referees and those interested in the Rules of Golf recently gathered in South America for two Rules education events organised by The R&A in conjunction with the Argentine Golf Association and Brazil Golf Confederation.
The Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referee Schools (TARS), held in Argentina and Brazil, were attended by 99 participants in total.
Delegates took part in practical demonstrations, sessions on refereeing and tournament administration skills at both TARS.
In Argentina, 66 delegates representing nine countries, including representatives from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia and Uruguay, attended the event at the Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires.
Former Argentine European Tour player Jorge Berendt, was on hand to speak to the participants about rulings from a professional’s perspective. The school was rounded off with an R&A hosted reception for the group, at which the Claret Jug was on display.
Ahead of golf’s return to the Olympic Games, the Claret Jug visited the new Olympic Golf Course where 33 officials from Brazil attended the first TARS to be held in Rio de Jeneiro.
Head greenkeeper Neil Cleverly spoke to the group, many of whom will be volunteering at the Olympic Golf event in August, about the construction and design of the new course.
Shona McRae, Assistant Director - Rules at The R&A, said: “The TARS events were a resounding success and we thank our hosts for making us feel so welcome in both Argentina and Brazil throughout the week.
“It was great to meet delegates from across the continent in what is a very exciting time for South American golf.
“The sport returns to the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years and many of the TARS attendees in Rio de Jeneiro will be volunteering at the Olympic Golf event in August.
“The purpose of TARS is always to provide a stimulating and challenging programme about the Rules of Golf and to help tournament officials and referees achieve the Level 3 qualification, which is vitally important to our Rules education programme.
“We work closely with our national affiliated organisations and during the visit took the opportunity to meet with the Argentine Golf Association Rules Committee and the South American Golf Federation in Buenos Aires to discuss current rules matters.
“This included a Q&A on the new Rules for 2016 and a discussion on Pace of Play.
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