Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) golfer, Dingaan Chirwa, who is also The Daily Times’ sports columnist, has hit a career birdie after being certified as arguably Malawi’s first-ever golf referee.
World golf governing body, R& A, also certified Chirwa as a Tournament Administrator. He was, after many years of study, certified in South Africa last week.
“I have always wanted to be a part of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour from childhood. I have not made it as a tour player,” said Chirwa, who authors Well Out column published every Tuesday.
“However, what i s exciting now is that I can be a part of it but in a different way. I look forward to the days when I will be a Rules’ Official or a Referee at a Tour event giving rulings to some of the world’s top professionals. This is fulfilling.”
He said he owed his success to long hours of travelling to learn.
“A million thanks to Golf Union of Malawi for their continued hard work in uplifting the standards of golf in Malawi,” added Chirwa who is also a developmental coach.
According to R& A website, a referee is “one who is appointed by a committee to decide questions of fact and apply the rules. A referee must act on any breach of a rule that he observes or is reported to him.”
“At certain times, it may be appropriate to restrict a referee’s ability to give a decision on a certain aspect of the rules. For example, declaring areas of ground under repair. Often the authority to declare ground under repair is reserved for the chief referee in order to ensure consistency over the type of conditions relief is granted for,” reads www. randa.org.
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