Rules Training and 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 not only basic Rules of Golf Workshops but also optional comprehensive Rules and Officials’ training for existing tournament volunteers and golfers interested in becoming tournament volunteers. The training provided will allow you to expand your competency in both the Rules of Golf and officiating techniques.
FSGA Tournament Positions
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 tournament 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.
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 volunteer, please complete the following steps:
- Contact Tracy Dachisen of the FSGA at (813) 868-5816 for information about becoming an FSGA Committee Member.
- Observe at a Tournament - Tracy will set up a "Ride Along" Day for you at a nearby FSGA administered event. You will have the opportunity to observe the core functions of registration, starting, pace of play, officiating and scoring. We will also provide lunch.
- Tracy will contact you to follow up on your "Ride Along" Day.
- If you would like to become a volunteer, Tracy will send you a volunteer shirt, hat and a name badge. She will also show how to use our website to volunteer for future events.
- If you do not wish to become a volunteer; the lunch was on us!
Certified officials must have satisfied an education requirement, an on course requirement and a continuing education requirement to maintain their certification.
Rules Officials and Senior Rules Officials have proven their extensive knowledge of the Rules of Golf through test scores on either the PGA/USGA or the FSGA written examination. Rules Officials must score 75 or higher on the PGA/USGA annual examination or 85 or higher on the FSGA examination. Senior Rules Officials must score 92 or higher on the PGA/USGA examination. Both must have also demonstrated their officiating skills to be certified 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 Officials in Florida.
- Attend EITHER an FSGA One-Day Rules Workshop (Level One) OR a PGA/USGA three day Rules Seminar; AND
- Attend an FSGA Level Two Officiating Techniques & Common Rules Workshop; (Please see requirement for attending under seminars); AND
- Rules Officials - Achieve a score of 85 or higher on the FSGA optional examination administered at the Level Two or Three Workshops OR a score of 75 or higher on the PGA/USGA annual examination.
Senior Rules Officials - Achieve a score of 92 or higher on the PGA/USGA annual examination.
- Examination scores are good for four years. Officials must provide a copy of score certificate from PGA/USGA Workshops.
On Course Requirements
Work four (4) days at a FSGA administered Championship or qualifying event after completing the educational requirements.
Continuing Education Requirements
- Work four (4) days at an FSGA administered Championship or qualifying event per calendar year; AND
- During each four (4) year period, attend a FSGA Level Two Officiating Techniques & Common Rules Workshop OR a FSGA Level Three Advanced Rules Workshop; AND
- During each four (4) year period, attend a FSGA One-Day Rules Workshop (Level One) OR PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Seminar.
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 Chairmen are invited to serve after several seasons of proven volunteer service.
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PGA-USGA Seminar Reimbursement
The FSGA will reimburse the cost of the PGA/USGA Registration Fee for any Tournament Chairman, Rules Official or Senior Rules Official once every two years.There is no score requirement; only that a copy of the exam results be submitted to the FSGA to verify completion of the examination. The FSGA Volunteer must be a Tournament Chairman, Rules Official or Senior Rules Official at the time the examination is completed.
If you have any questions or would like to receive any additional information about becoming an FSGA Tournament Volunteer, please feel free to contact Tracy Dachisen at the FSGA at (813) 868-5816.