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Se Ri Pak at R&A's first Korean referee school

  • Se Ri Pak attended the first Korean Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referee School (TARS) organised by The R&A.
  • Five-time major champion spoke to delegates about her experience with Rulings.
  • Over 70 delegates attended the school in Seoul in March.

Golf legend Se Ri Pak delighted delegates when she attended a referee school in Korea organised by The R&A.

The five-time major champion, who became the first Korean to play on the LPGA Tour in 1998, was also interviewed by David Bonsall, Chairman of The R&A Rules Committee, and gave views on Korean golf, being a role model, helping Korea to a historic gold medal at The Olympics, and the recent proposed changes to the Rules of Golf.


Referee School

The Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referee School (TARS) was held in Seoul and was attended by 74 delegates, including representatives from Golf Australia, India, China, Chinese Taipei and Korea.

Marking the first TARS event staged by The R&A with the Korean Golf Association, Pak, widely regarded as a leader of golf in her home country, spoke to referees about her experience of dealing with Rulings throughout her career to give the ‘Professionals Point of View’.

Delegates also took part in practical demonstrations, sessions on refereeing and tournament administration skills.

Golf in Korea

Shona McRae, Assistant Director - Rules at The R&A, said, “Our first TARS in Korea was a resounding success and we thank our hosts for making us feel so welcome in Korea throughout the week.  The enthusiasm at the TARS illustrates the growth and interest in golf in the region.  We had delegates from five different countries attending and both professional and amateur bodies were represented.  It was also an honour to have Se Ri join us, making it a very special week.”


“The purpose of TARS is to provide a stimulating and challenging programme about the Rules of Golf.  Providing practical experience and help for tournament officials and referees in their roles is the main focus  and of course, to help them achieve the Level 3 Exam pass which is part of our three-tier Rules education programme.”

The R&A team of Shona McRae, David Bonsall and Rules Manager, Daniel Sommerville were joined by Jin-Woo Kim of the Korea Golf Association to present and conduct all of the instruction.

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