Rules Official Certification

With the growth of competitive golf in Florida, the need for qualified Rules Officials continues to rise. The Florida State Golf Association frequently receives requests to provide officials for all types of competitions across the state.

To address the need for more officials, the Florida State Golf Association is offering optional comprehensive rules and officials’ training for existing volunteers and golfers interested in becoming volunteers. The training provided will allow you to expand your competency in both the Rules of Golf and officiating techniques.

Certification is not required to be a tournament volunteer.

FSGA Officiating Levels

To help at a golf competition, you do not need to be an expert on the Rules – you just need to love of the game. Some volunteers help out three or four days a year while others work more than 50 days each year – it all depends on your level of interest and everyone is welcome. There are many responsibilities involved in conducting a competition that do not require advanced rules knowledge, such as serving as a starter or scoring official, or helping with pace of play checkpoints. In fact, most volunteers at our competitions are not Certified Rules Officials.

However, as you become more interested in helping, we hope you will choose to become a Certified FSGA Rules Official.  

Senior Rules Official

Senior Rules Officials have proven their extensive knowledge of the Rules of Golf by scoring 92 or higher on the PGA/USGA annual examination. They have also demonstrated expert officiating skills to be certified as Senior Rules Officials. Their duties include applying and interpreting the Rules of Golf, course set-up, starting, scoring, as well as other Officiating duties.

Click here to view all the FSGA Senior Rules Officials in Florida.

Education Requirements

  1. Attend EITHER a FSGA one-day Rules Workshop OR a PGA/USGA three day Rules Seminar; AND
  2. Attend a FSGA two-day Officiating and Advanced Rules Workshop; AND
  3. Achieve a score of 92 on the PGA/USGA annual examination (provide copy of certificate). Score is valid for a period of four years.

The FSGA will reimburse the cost of the PGA/USGA Registration Fee for any Certified Senior Rules Official once every two years.

  1. There is no score requirement; only that a copy of the exam results be submitted to the FSGA to verify completion of the examination.
  2. The FSGA Volunteer must be a certified Senior Rules Official or Rules Official at the time the examination is completed.

On Course Requirements

Work four (4) days at a FSGA administered Championship or qualifying event after completing the educational requirements.

Continuing Education Requirements

  1. Work three (3) days at a FSGA administered Championship or qualifying event per calendar year; AND
  2. During each four (4) year period, attend a FSGA two day Officiating and Advanced Rules Workshop; AND
  3. During each four (4) year period, attend a FSGA one day Rules Workshop OR PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Seminar. 

Rules Official

Rules Officials have proven their extensive knowledge of the Rules of Golf by scoring 75 or higher on the PGA/USGA annual examination or 85 or higher on the FSGA examination. The have also demonstrated their officiating skills to be certified as Rules Officials. Their duties include applying and interpreting the Rules of Golf, course set-up, starting, scoring, as well as other Officiating duties.

Click here to view all the FSGA certified Rules Officials in Florida.

Education Requirements

  1. Attend EITHER a FSGA one-day Rules Workshop OR a PGA/USGA three day Rules Seminar; AND
  2. Attend a FSGA two-day Officiating and Advanced Rules Workshop; AND
  3. Achieve a score of 85 or higher on the FSGA examination administered at the two day Officiating and Advanced Rules Workshop OR a score of 75 or higher on the PGA/USGA annual examination (provide copy of certificate). Scores are valid for four years.

The FSGA will reimburse the cost of the PGA/USGA Registration Fee for any Certified Rules Official once every two years.

  1. There is no score requirement; only that a copy of the exam results be submitted to the FSGA to verify completion of the examination.
  2. The FSGA Volunteer must be a certified Senior Rules Official or Rules Official at the time the examination is completed.

On Course Requirements

Work four (4) days at a FSGA administered Championship or qualifying event after completing the educational requirements.

Continuing Education Requirements

  1. Work three (3) days at an FSGA administered Championship or qualifying event per calendar year; AND
  2. During each four (4) year period, attend a FSGA two day Officiating and Advanced Rules Workshop; AND
  3. During each four (4) year period, attend a FSGA one day Rules Workshop OR PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Seminar.

Tournament Volunteer

The Florida State Golf Association is proud to have one of the largest and finest volunteer based golf associations in the country. FSGA Committee Members act as tournament volunteers and/or course rating volunteers. There are many volunteers that participate in both and help us a great deal.

If you are interested in becoming an FSGA Committee Member, please complete the following steps:

Step 1

  • Contact Tracy Dachisen the FSGA at (813) 868-5816 for additional information about becoming an FSGA Committee Member.
  • Complete the Committee Information Form
  • Click here for a downloadable copy of the Committee Information Form

Once you have completed the Committee Member Form please return the completed form to the FSGA.

Step 2

  • Observe at a Tournament - once we receive your completed Committee Member Form, we will help you coordinate a day to volunteer in your area.

Step 3

  • Join the FSGA as a Member
    After these initial steps and you feel you want to continue volunteering with the FSGA, we ask that you join the FSGA and support the state golf association
  • Receive Official Welcome Letter and Uniform

Once you have completed all of the above steps, you will receive your official welcome letter, FSGA volunteer uniform and additional volunteer and training information.
We look forward to you joining the Florida State Golf Association. If you have any questions or would like to receive any additional information about becoming an FSGA Committee Member, please feel free to contact Tracy Dachisen at the FSGA at (813) 868-5816.

Tournament Chairman

Volunteer Tournament Chairmen that have demonstrated the ability to fully administer and conduct qualifying events on behalf of the Florida State Golf Association and the USGA. Their duties include course set-up, developing Local Rules, and coordinating with volunteers and club officials as well as the responsibility of suspending and resuming play due to inclement weather. Tournament Chairman are invited to serve after several seasons of proven volunteer service.

Clear here to view all Volunteer Tournament Chairmen


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