England Golf will run two County Rules Schools in early 2015, in Cumbria and Guernsey. Further rules schools will take place in other regions later in the year. Since 2011, England Golf has run 14 rules schools across the country, all proving very popular and attracting a total of over 400 people. Successful delegates qualify as county referees and can assist at county tournaments.
The Guernsey school will be the first of these courses to take place off the mainland and is being run at the request of the Jersey and Guernsey Golf Unions. Successful delegates will be qualified to officiate at the 2015 Island Games, which are being held in Jersey from 27 June to 3 July and will attract competitors from 24 islands.
The Cumbria school is also being held at the request of county officials. The County Rules Schools are open to all members of golf clubs affiliated to England Golf and delegates should have at least a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf before attending. The format of the school is a mix of outdoor practical demonstrations, refereeing role-play scenarios and some indoor tutorials. There is an exam on the second day of the course.
The fee for attending an England Golf County Rules School is £50, which includes tuition, lunch, teas and coffees. Priority will be given to applicants from the host counties but delegates from other counties are welcome to apply and will be accommodated where possible.
Toby Thorne, England Golf championship manager, said, “We are delighted by the interest in our rules schools and the invitations we receive from across the country. We are very pleased to provide opportunities for people to attend a school on their doorstep.” To apply visit: www.englandgolf.org