Frances Hudson could be forgiven for hoping her golfing knowledge and experience aren't called on much next week.
The Riverside Golf Club women's captain will be shouldering the duties of referee at her home course during the Australian Veteran Golf Championship.
The championship, which is being jointly hosted by Riverside, Launceston and Country Club Tasmania, starts on Monday.
Hudson, with the assistance of clubmate Margaret Bond, may be called on to adjudicate at Riverside with Don Cameron and Terry Ranson landing the job at Prospect and Launceston respectively.
With more than 150 players at each course teeing off from 7.30am over four days, that's a long day to be on call.
Hudson is an accredited rules official who has refereed at club and state events, although this is her first national event.
"Players might call me in if they need a ruling but hopefully they don't get themselves into too many tricky situations,'' she said.
Hudson, who has been playing golf at Riverside for about 25 years after a long involvement with tennis, obviously isn't playing in the championship, but it's an event where women are heavily represented.
There will be 150 women among the 450 players who tee off in the championship next week.
That's a far cry from the early days of the national title more than 25 years ago, when women could only play if they were partners of the male competitors, and then often on separate courses.
More recently the female competitors were included in the championship events.
This year marks the first in which they will compete for their own perpetual trophy. Defending champion Helen Pascoe, of Buninyong Golf Club in Victoria, is one of those trying to be the first to get their name on it.
A registration day and welcome event at Country Club Tasmania on Sunday from noon to 5pm precedes next week's competition.
It starts with a four-ball best ball event on the Monday before the three rounds of the championship proper are played from Tuesday-Friday.
The week includes a rest day on Wednesday.