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Ex-European Tour golfers speak at Referees School

∙ Former golf professionals Gary Orr and Robert Jan Derksen speak at Referees school
∙ 85 delegates travelled to St Andrews for Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees School
∙ School is last stage of R&A’s three-tier qualification process

Former European Tour players Gary Orr and Robert Jan Derksen spoke to referees at The R&A’s biggest Referees School of the year.


Eighty-five delegates from 38 countries attended the Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees School (TARS) in St Andrews last week.

The school was the last stage of The R&A’s three-tier qualification process designed to help candidates achieve the standard of golf tournament official or referee.

As well as a session on ‘The Professional’s Point of View’ with Orr and Derksen, the four-day event featured practical demonstrations, instruction from leading rules officials on refereeing skills and discussion using videos and practical examples.  Other topics included pace of play, equipment standards and course set-up.

European Tour Senior Referee Andy McFee and The R&A’s David Bonsall, Chairman of the Rules Committee, and David Wybar Chairman of the Amateur Status Committee, also attended and spoke at the event.


Shona McRae, Assistant Director – Rules and organiser of TARS said: “The Level 3 TARS in St Andrews is held annually to which all of The R&A’s Affiliates are invited to send delegates.  Some of those attending already having practical experience as a referee or have been identified as someone who could fulfil such a role in the future.  

Delegates at Level 3 TARS
Delegates at Level 3 TARS

“The purpose of the School is to give guidance on running tournaments and refereeing in a practical way using demonstrations, presentations and sharing knowledge and practices that have worked in the field. 

“The aim is for the 85 delegates to leave having learned something that will aid them in their continuing or future roles as referees or tournament administrators.”

To learn more about how you get involved, visit The R&A’s Rules of Golf Education section of the website.