On Saturday, 22 full-time AJGA staff members took the PGA/USGA Rules of Golf exam. The exam was the culmination of hundreds of hours of studying and #RulesSchool over the last few months.
During the exam (which is graded by a scan-tron... similar to what you'd see taking the SAT or ACT), attendees fill out an extra answer sheet so that they can self-grade following the test. After everyone has completed the test, the instructors go over the test and participants self-grade with their extra answer sheets so that they can immediately know their score. In 2-4 weeks the official scores are graded and confirmed by the USGA and mailed back to the participants.
All that said -- while we won't know "officially" how all the AJGA staff did for a few more weeks, unofficially the average score of the AJGA staff was a 92.4! (That's .4 above the 92 required for the highest level of PGA/USGA Rules certification!)
Over the last month, I've introduced you to several of my friends in the Operations Department that were working toward the exam, and this morning I asked them to sum up their experiences for you...
"I am very proud of how well the tournament directors represented the AJGA at this year’s PGA-USGA Rules of Golf Workshop. It was a very successful three and a half days culminating in the operations team doing very well on the exam. This is only the beginning of the staff’s rules education, but we are off to a great start. We look forward to seeing everyone on the course as well-prepared rules officials."
-Andrew Greenfield, AJGA Director of Rules and Competition, who gave us a run down of a typical day in "in-house" #RulesSchool.
"Rules school was a huge success. It is a great feeling to watch those who have worked so hard to achieve their goals cross the finish line. Now, the operations department can officially switch gears and get ready for tournament season."
-Chris White, AJGA Senior Tournament Director, who blogged about in-house #RulesSchool preparation, advice on taking the PGA/USGA Rules of Golf exam, and his own goals in taking the test another time.
“Whew. After a long 3 days of school and a full morning of testing, Rules School 2013 is over! I’m happy to say, with the intense preparation of the AJGA before last week, the help of co-workers studying at night, and the knowledge of our fantastic instructors, I reached my goal for my first year! I’m excited I can now relax for a while…but I’m ready to get back in it and obtain the coveted 92% in 2014!”
-Blair Thompson, AJGA Tournament Coordinator, who blogged about her experience as a first-year participant at "in-house" Rules School.
The AJGA staff weren't the only ones that had "in-house" #RulesSchool to help them prepare for success at the PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Exam. Scott Hipp, Tournament Chairman at the AJGA Girls Championship, has worked with the AJGA for many years, and through conversations with AJGA staff learned about the AJGA's study program. Hipp was sent a few of Andrew Greenfield's practice exams and used them to help her study the rules and decisions over the last few months.
"This is the seventh time I've taken the test," Hipp said when I asked her about her experience using the "in-house" #RulesSchool practice tests on her own. "But this is the first time that I feel like I know everything."
In talking with Hipp, she also made a statement that I've heard mentioned over and over from the AJGA staff I've talked to about #RulesSchool, and something that could possibly be the best thing to remember as we end this series...
"The rules school is good, but now you need to go on and apply them."
While the AJGA has already run three tournaments this year, and are running two this weekend in Texas and Florida, the full spring and summer schedules of #AJGA2013 are just around the corner. With #RulesSchool in the past, everyone is getting prepared and excited for the start of the season, and we all can't wait to see you when we're out there on the road!
What tournament are you most looking forward to this year? What are some of your favorite events you have participated in over the last few years? I'd love to hear your answers -- give @AJGAGolf a shout on Twitter and use the hashtag #AJGA2013, and maybe you'll be able to find out a few our staff favorites too.
Until next time --