SAGA President Geoff Taylor had this to say in response to the letter:
Each golf club is an independent, self-managed legal entity over which the SAGA has no jurisdiction or authority, particularly club membership issues. Other than the SAGA authority extending to the administration and governance of golf, the SAGA cannot prescribe to clubs. At best it is able to provide best practice guidelines and offer advice where appropriate.
The structures in amateur golf devolve authority and jurisdiction with clubs to the provincial bodies. But a provincial union is also limited in its authority to act on club membership issues. In the two Nelspruit Golf Club matters of which we are aware, we established that legally sound procedure was followed and that the disciplinary code and process implemented would stand up to scrutiny. As for inconsistencies, the SAGA is not mandated to be an arbiter of sentences passed by golf clubs.