Sur­prised at ‘opin­ion piece’

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - Ann Jag­gard, Mans­field

I WOULD like to make a few points in re­gards to the ar­ti­cle in your pa­per last week (Fe­bru­ary 5) about the Mans­field Golf Club and the sud­den de­par­ture of the fe­male pro­fes­sion­als.

I am sur­prised that the pa­per al­lowed the pub­li­ca­tion of an “opin­ion piece” without com­plete au­then­ti­ca­tion of the facts.

The fac­tion (who are a mi­nor­ity) be­hind this ar­ti­cle have been against the cur­rent com­mit­tee from be­fore the last gen­eral elec­tion and in fact they pre­sented an al­ter­nate plat­form in an at­tempt to take over the man­age­ment of the club.

They were con­vinc­ingly out-voted.

The pros have been un­happy for quite some time and I am sure some of their griev­ances were gen­uine.

I be­lieve they thought they were big­ger than the club and with a very neg­a­tive group back­ing them up and most likely en­cour­ag­ing their neg­a­tiv­ity, the sore fes­tered in­stead of heal­ing.

As far as the stress is­sue goes I find it in­cred­i­ble that our sec­re­tary/man­ager has not ap­plied for stress leave - he has been ab­so­lutely bom­barded.

In my opin­ion he is an out­stand­ing young lo­cal do­ing a great job but in the past 12 months has had to spend ex­ces­sive time and en­ergy deal­ing with neg­a­tive is­sues.

In all of this I think that some peo­ple have al­lowed their egos and those of the pros get in the way of the wel­fare of a very suc­cess­ful, and on the whole, a very happy golf club.

The girls have gone now so let’s bury the hatchet and get on with it.

ED­I­TOR’S NOTE: Last week’s ‘opin­ion piece’ the au­thor makes ref­er­ence to was a news story. It was re­searched, with the cur­rent and for­rmer club pres­i­dents ver­i­fy­ing facts re­lied upon, and also given the op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress claims made by the de­part­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

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