In order for the experience to be beneficial for the volunteer and for the GSGA’s competitions program, individuals should have a keen interest in the conduct and administration of a golf tournament and a willingness to improve his or her knowledge of the Rules of Golf, starting, scoring, scoreboard operations and golf course marking and preparation.
Opportunities for training include GSGA Tournament Administration Training videos, the annual GSGA/Georgia PGA Rules of Golf Seminar, a one-day event usually held in the Atlanta area during the winter, or a USGA PGA Rules of Golf Workshop, which is an extensive, three-day study of the Rules of Golf and is held in many areas of the country, including Atlanta, during the first three months of the year.
Volunteers sign up for GSGA competitions and USGA qualifying events from late December to mid-February, with assignments made shortly thereafter. Officials are determined for each event based upon geographic location and their level of expertise.
Officials will be notified of their assignments for the year when they receive the master assignment list. Within a few weeks of each competition, the officials scheduled for that event will be sent a reminder notice which will include the location, reporting time, required uniform and other pertinent information.
Equipment that officials should bring to each tournament include a Rules of Golf booklet, Decisions on the Rules of Golf book, a stopwatch or a wristwatch with a second hand, string for measuring, rain gear and comfortable shoes. Volunteers are provided a local rules sheet, pairing sheet and other information specific to the tournament upon arrival.