Surprised at ‘opinion piece’
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.