Puertorican Rules Official at The Open
When the Open Championship, the oldest and most important golf tournament in the world, kicks off this week, there will be a strong Puerto Rican presence on the course, even if it's not among the players. PRGA Board Director Christine Beauchamp will be in Muirfield, Scotland for the 142nd edition of the British Open, where she will become the first Puerto Rican in history to work as a rules official in this legendary event.
“Just saying it is exciting, and a source of great pride and satisfaction,” said Beauchamp about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “To be a rules official at a Major championship, and particularly at this most historic one, was one of my goals, and on July 18-21 it will finally happen.”
Beauchamp's road to the British Open began last year at the World Amateur Team Championships in Turkey. “I'm always looking for ways to show the whole world that Puerto Rico has, not just great golfers, but talented professionals in all aspects of the sport,” said Sidney Wolf, president of the Puerto Rico Golf Association.
“In Turkey I had a conversation with R&A Chairman Allan Gormly and told him that, even though we didn't have a player that could participate, maybe a rules official could represent Puerto Rico at the Open".