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Rules of Golf activities in Asia

The R&A Level 2 Rules Seminars have been held at Royal Colombo Golf Club, Colombo, Sri Lanka from 12-13 March and the Alabang Country Club, Metro Manila, Philippines from 21-22 May, conducted by Sri Lanka Golf (SLG) and the National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP), both in conjunction with The R&A.

The seminars included a full two-day schedule, focusing on indoor presentations including details on important playing Rules and the role of the Committee in competitions on day one. The second day moved outdoors with on-course demonstrations including practical demonstrations and a role-play session conducted prior to the Level 2 exam.

Both seminars were a great success and support will be continued for more countries around the region where assistance is needed.

Sri Lanka

21 delegates including club managers, professional golfers and amateur golfers from around the country attended the seminar with 16 delegates passing the Level 2 exam. Two of those delegates passed with distinction which is a result above 90 per cent and five delegates passed with merit which is a result above 80 per cent.

Among this group was Nishan Navaratne, Honorary Secretary of SLG who will be participating at the 2019 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Shanghai as an Assistant Referee.  Nishan will be assigned to accompany experienced referees to develop his skills and may get the chance to give rulings under their supervision. This is a wonderful experience for Nishan and will allow him to bring his learnings back to Sri Lanka for application at national events.

The last Rules seminar conducted in Sri Lanka was under the old Rules of Golf, which was in 2016 when instructors from the Indian Golf Union visited Sri Lanka to hold a Level 1 Rules Seminar.  Prior to attending this session under the new Rules, all participants were well prepared thanks to the R&A online Rules Academy, all passing the Level 1 exam in advance.

Since the Seminar in March, the SLG has established a Rules Committee for the first time and will continue to grow the game in Sri Lanka.

The Seminar was delivered by Eddy Putra – Advisory Member of The R&A Rules Committee (Asia Pacific Golf Confederation) and Jin-Woo Kim, Rules Manager – Asia Pacific.

Philippines

46 delegates including national referees, professional referees, golf administrators and club managers from around the country attended the seminar, with 30 delegates passing the Level 2 exam. Five of those delegates passed with distinction which is a result above 90 per cent and seven delegates passed with merit which is a result above 80 per cent.

The last Rules seminar in the Philippines was held last November, which was a Level 1 Rules Seminar held for the first time since 2014, when The R&A sent a staff member to assist in the Rules education programme.  While preparing for this seminar, NGAP has agreed to become self-sufficient in holding more Level 1 Seminars and which they have successfully begun to roll out.  NGAP will now be holding more Level 2 Seminars on their own and are also looking forward to hosting a Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar in the near future.

The R&A was delighted to host Henry Arabelo, who is the key instructor from NGAP, as a referee at the 2019 Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific which was held in Japan last April. This provided Henry with an excellent networking opportunity with active Rules officials from the Asia Pacific region.

The Seminar was delivered by Eddy Putra – Advisory Member of The R&A Rules Committee (Asia Pacific Golf Confederation), Henry Arabelo – NGAP National Referee and Jin-Woo Kim, Rules Manager – Asia Pacific.