by Jeff Sutherland/Inside Golf
See Victoria's Dale Jackson playing at his home course of Royal Colwood and you would not be remiss to think you are watching just another solid club level amateur golfer.
In this case appearances would be deceiving.
Jackson has been involved in giving back to the game as a rules official since becoming interested in this vocation more than 15 years ago. Since then he has risen through the ranks to become a Level Four Rules Official and serving as Managing Director of Rules and Competitions for British Columbia Golf from 2003 to 2007.
More recently, Jackson has been active at the national level and since 2013 has been the Chair of the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status Committee for Golf Canada.
Within Canada, this involves heading a group of volunteers who deal with issues ranging from ruling on applications for amateur status reinstatement to developing ways to increase the number of certified rules officials.
Internationally, this means that Jackson is intimately involved with deciding rules issues at the highest levels representing Golf Canada on the Joint Rules Committee and as an Advisory Member of the R&A’s Rules Committee.
Together with representatives of the R&A and USGA, they are responsible for the recent rules changes from the anchoring ban to the relaxation of Rule 18-2 concerning when a player is deemed to have caused a ball to move after addressing it. (Ed. Note: see link for a complete list of the major changes in the just released Rules book).
Last April, 60 Participants Attended the Inaugural TARS... a Four-Day Tournament Administration and Rules Seminar, Which Covered Everything From Course Setup to Rules Scenarios and Amateur Status. Guest Speakers Read Like a Who’s Who of International Officiating... (From Left) Dale Jackson, Mark Dusbabek (PGA TOUR Official), Adam Helmer (Golf Canada’s Director, Rules, Competitions, and Amateur Status), and Grant Moir (Director, Rules of Golf from the R&A). (Photo/Gerry Bower)
Another responsibility that goes along with being the Chair is serving as a Rules Official at three of the four "Majors" in golf.
Late in 2015, Inside Golf's Jeff Sutherland was able to listen to Mr. Jackson speak about officiating on golf's biggest stages and ask him a few questions.