Sleaford Golf Club management committee is under fire from the family of a long-standing member who has been banned for three years over an alleged ‘ball tampering’ incident.
But the club insists it has acted properly.
The incident is said to have taken place during a Sleaford club competition a couple of months ago whereby it is claimed Richard Tacey, a 73-year-old member of 45 years standing (twice captain and due to be president for 2013), was seen moving a golf ball during the game.
The management board of Sleaford Golf Club received a report about the incident and elected to exclude Mr Tacey for three years – the full tenure of his presidency.
But Mr Tacey’s son Andrew claims the club is bringing the game into disrepute for its severe punishment which he sees as excessive and not fitting the ‘crime’. Richard Tacey denies this accusation, having never even won an individual golf competition.
His son added: “He was well known for his knowledge of the rules of golf and would often be the first port of call for any questions relating to the rules of golf.”
He said his father sees this as the end of the road for his involvement in the game.
Andrew Tacey said: “The Golf Club have shown no respect or consideration for the service that this gentleman has given in the past, or for the traditions of Sleaford Golf Club.”
In a statement, the club says the incident on April 6 took place during a formal competition, witnessed by three fellow members.
It was investigated thoroughly under the club’s disciplinary procedures: “The member was allowed the right of appeal, which was heard at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the members and his peers, on Thursday June 13. The member’s appeal was rejected by the overwhelming majority of the members present, which totalled in excess of 200.”