The Canadian Open: The Beat Goes On
This week most every avid golfer will be watching The Open Championship hosted by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club. However, I will not be watching the action as I am currently in Toronto, Canada preparing for the PGA TOUR’s next stop, The Canadian Open.
Markers at the Canadian Open.
“The duties of the referees on the PGA TOUR are to not only officiate an event but also prepare…”
Nearly every week of the year, the world’s best players have the opportunity to play a tournament run by the PGA TOUR. The duties of the referees on the PGA TOUR are to not only officiate an event but also prepare and organize each of these tournaments providing a consistent condition and ensuring that every element of a tournament is covered.
Mark Dusbabek’s shoes while preparing for The Canadian Open.
Unlike officials from other sports who are only required to show up and work the event, officials on the Web.com, PGA TOUR and Champions TOUR, “Advance” tournaments the week before the event, preparing for the arrival of the players come Monday morning of tournament week.
While the likes of Jason Day and Dustin Johnson are battling it out at Royal Troon, I will be busy marking and staking the host course (Glen Abbey Golf Club), establishing pairings, organizing registration, spotting television towers, routing the course for spectator flow and overseeing every minor detail involved with running this championship. The logistics of a tournament of this magnitude are only some of the many duties the PGA TOUR referees do to prepare for a PGA TOUR tournament.