Prior to officiating at a tournament, the TR should undertake a “course marking” visit. This will consist of a review of the peculiar features of the course and an assessment of the suitability of the Local Rules on the scorecard for tournament play. If assigned specific holes, he should examine these holes in greater detail and find the ideal place to position himself and the nearest route to the assigned holes.
He should be prepared to amend the Local Rules if necessary and familiarize himself with the Conditions of Competition for the tournament. He should also pay particular attention to the Pace of Play condition so that he may be able to act in accordance with the prescribed procedure, should he be faced with slow play.
On completion of his duty, the TR should fill up the Tournament Referee’s Report and submit it to the Tournament Director
To do a good job as a Tournament Referee is like being a good waiter, that is, polite and on hand to serve but not hovering around. The job has also been described as one filled with hours of boredom and interrupted by moments of terror.
The following tips should serve as a good basis when undertaking the duties of a referee:
a. Allow players to concentrate on their game.
b. Never talk to players unless they talk to you.
c. Position yourself so that you can see the ball being struck. If at the tee-box, look out for players ............who are playing a provisional ball.
d. Go to a ball where there is a chance of a ruling being required, eg, when a ball is off the fairway.
e. Stay focused and pay attention to the game in progress.
f. Maintain a constant level of concentration at all times. Try to prevent a breach of rules by players.