SAGA Pres­i­dent Geoff Tay­lor had this to say in re­sponse to the let­ter:

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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.

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