"#RulesSchool is Now in Session" is a series where you’ll get an opportunity to check out some of the things going on here at the AJGA as our Operations staff prepares for the PGA/USGA Workshop on the Rules of Golf and the USGA Rules Exam. In addition to a “behind the scenes” look at our preparations, you will also have the opportunity to reach out to us via social media to ask your own questions about the Rules of Golf.
AJGA Senior Tournament Director Chris White has one last guest blog for us today. Two weeks ago, Chris talked to us about what the AJGA's "in-house" rules school program look like, and last week, he gave us some tips for studying for the exam. Chris wraps up his guest blogging duties with some final thoughts as tournament directors begin their last full week of in-house rules school preparations.
We only have one more full week of preparation before we’re at the actual workshop and preparing for the real test. As one of the teachers in our in-house Rules School, I’ve got multiple things going through my mind at this point.
On one hand, I’m excited for all of the AJGA staff who are preparing relentlessly and are striving to achieve 92 or higher. Being a part of their journey, their learning, their questions, their understanding; it makes me that much more vested in each and every person’s score when they do take the test. It makes me almost more anxious to hear what each of them scored at the end of the day, then my own personal score.
On the other hand, I have my own goals and my own scores to achieve. After years of 98s and 99s, there is only one number remaining that eludes me. I want the renowned, legendary, celebrated, (insert superfluous adjective of your choice here) “100”. While I have zero doubt in my understanding or education of the rules after years of studying, listening, learning and asking questions; the “100” puts a sort of exclamation point on your career, preparation and reputation.
So, as the workshop approaches, and with it the test itself, know that while everyone is getting ready, everyone has different goals and different things they’re hoping for. Some numbers higher, some the highest; some lower and some just excited to be taking the test for the first time and get a better understanding of what is to come in their very young career. No matter what, everyone is there to better themselves and learn and better the great game of golf.
If you didn't have a chance to check it out on Friday afternoon, make sure you take a look at this awesome video - which gives you just a little taste of what it's like to be at the AJGA's in-house rules school that Chris mentioned in his posts.
Coming up this week we have guest posts from Blair Thompson, a first year tournament coordinator, and the AJGA's Director of Rules and Competitions Andrew Greenfield (that's him explaining a few rules in the video).
All this talk about #RulesSchool prompted me to pull out my Decisions on the Rules of Golf book this morning and take a few minutes to flip through the pages, and in the process I gained even MORE respect for everyone studying for this exam.
Do you have a "favorite" rule or one that always perplexes you? Reach out to us on Twitter and tell us about it, and don't forget to use the #RulesSchool hashtag.
-Alexis W. (@AJGAWitman)