Kathyrn Belanger's interest in golf rules started early and runs deep. John Mummert, USGA
On Kathryn Belanger’s high school golf team, the only way to get your hand on a golf club at Friday practice was to pass a 10-question Rules of Golf quiz. Failure to get the requisite number of questions right meant players had to stick around instead of getting to practice.
The exercise helped plant a rules seed in Belanger’s brain. Did she like those Friday afternoons? Belanger affirms.
“I didn’t like not knowing the answers,” she said. “So when I wouldn’t know something, I remember getting nervous about it, not that it really mattered in the grand picture.
“But I definitely always enjoyed the rules.”
Belanger, 31, is now the USGA’s Director, Rules of Golf Championships. She has been with the governing body since 2014, when she arrived as a rules associate whose primary job was to answer questions about the rules that the USGA received by...
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