Saga hosts Referees School

THE first-ever referees school to be hosted by the South African Golf Association (Saga) will be held at Alphen Country House and Steenberg Golf Club in Cape Town from March 12 to March 14 next year.

THE first-ever referees school to be hosted by the South African Golf Association (Saga) will be held at Alphen Country House and Steenberg Golf Club in Cape Town from March 12 to March 14 next year.

The referees school will be run by officials from the R&A's Rules of Golf Committee and is open to anyone wishing to become a referee who has already passed an R&A rules course.

Saga has indicated it would like representatives of all provincial unions to attend the school, provided they comply with specified criteria.

Places on the course will also be made available to neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Tuition of theory on topics such as course marking, local rules and the art of officiating will take place in a lecture room with audio-visual learning aids, but a significant portion of the programme will be practical on-course instruction, including role-playing sessions.

Attendees will write an examination, which is optional, on the Saturday. But the school will not be all work and no play - the R&A will host a drinks reception and dinner for attendees and other invited guests on the Saturday evening.

There is space for a maximum of 60 candidates to attend.

"The cost of the course is R1000 (including VAT), to be paid in advance, and prospective attendees are urged to sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. It is also to facilitate the timeous distribution of learning material," said Bruce Younge, executive director of Saga. - Sapa

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