THE R&A LAUNCHES A NEW ONLINE RULES ACADEMY
17 July 2013, Muirfield, Scotland: The R&A has
launched a new free online course to help golfers and
administrators improve their knowledge of the Rules of Golf.
The Rules Academy is available at www.RandA.org/RulesAcademy and
is based on the Etiquette Section and the Quick Guide to the Rules
of Golf (a short summary of the most commonly occurring Rules).
Users are guided by either Padraig Harrington or Suzann Pettersen,
who are both R&A working for Golf Ambassadors.
The course features video, images and diagrams of Rules
situations and includes revision questions after each section. It
covers the essentials that all golfers should know such as
sportsmanship, integrity and respect. It adopts a tee to green
approach and tells you what you need to know at each point; from
where to tee your ball, to taking relief from various conditions,
to holing out and returning the score card.
At the end of the course, people can take a Level 1 Rules Exam
and receive a certificatesigned by their guiding player.
Two-time Open Champion Padraig Harrington said, "The Rules
Academy is a great idea for helping golfers to improve their
knowledge of the Rules of Golf in a quick and easy way. A short
online course will make the Rules and how they are applied much
less daunting and the game more enjoyable as a result."
Suzann Pettersen, a former LPGA champion, said, "It's easy to
take the Rules for granted but in golf it is so important to
understand the values of the game and show respect to your playing
partners. Learning more about the Rules can help you get more out
of the game so I would urge people to get online and take the
The R&A operates a three-tier Rules Education Programme and
the Rules Academy is based on the Level 1 Introductory Rules
Schools that it conducts around the world in conjunction with its
David Rickman, The R&A's Executive Director, Rules of Golf
and Equipment Standards, said, "I'm delighted that we can now offer
the online Rules Academy to those that want to master the basic
Rules and Etiquette of this great game. The course will guide
people as to how the game is meant to be played and the Rules that
apply in particular situations which can happen to anyone out on
the course. It may even save golfers the occasional precious stroke
The Academy is free to view and should take no more than two to
three hours to go through. The Exam costs £10 to take with the
proceeds going to The R&A's Working for Golf programme. Each
year The R&A invests £5 million in the programme which supports
the development of the game around the world.
Based in St Andrews, The R&A organises The Open
Championship, major amateur events and international matches.
Together with the United States Golf Association, The R&A
governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of
Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World
Amateur Golf Rankings.The R&A's working jurisdiction is global,
excluding the United States and Mexico.
The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the
growth of the game internationally and the development and
management of sustainable golf facilities. The R&A operates
with the consent of 149 organisations from the amateur and
professional game and on behalf of over thirty million golfers in
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