The University men’s golf club committee has been forced to disband and members stripped of their right to compete for St Andrews, The Saint can reveal.
The decision was taken after a Wednesday social ended in “chanting and shouting” in McIntosh hall, causing “great disturbance and panic” to residents, according to men’s club President Angus Roberts.
The news come a week after The Saint reported that members of the committee had been called to a hearing by the Athletic Union (AU) and warned that their right to compete could be revoked.
In a message posted on the club’s Facebook page and seen by The Saint, Mr Roberts confirmed that:
- There will be a re-election of the committee at an EGM on 10 November. Anyone may run for any of the club positions as with a regular AGM.
- Members involved in the incident may also run once they have had a personal meeting with the AU exec committee.
- All members involved in the incident are suspended from BUCS fixtures until after the EGM. They must also attend a meeting to have their ban lifted.
- New captains of the 2nd and 3rd team will be appointed in the interim by David Watt.
Mr Roberts added: “As many of you already know several club members were involved in an incident after a social on 15 October. A group of members after being allowed into McIntosh Hall were loud and disruptive by chanting and shouting just before 11 pm.
“This caused a great disturbance and panic for those living there. The Warden apprehended some of the individuals and the others stepped forward shortly after. The matter was then passed onto the AU and student services (from whom we will receive individual punishments).
“What followed was our sincerest apologies to the AU for our behaviour on the clubs (sic) behalf and a letter to the Warden and the residents of McIntosh.
“This was a small but significant minority of the club which included committee members, including myself, for this we deeply regret our actions,” he said.
Sarah Thompson, president of the AU, told The Saint that the issue had been closed and that an EGM is scheduled to appoint a new committee. She added: “We look forward to moving on from this incident and working with the golf club”.
According to the club’s website, social events are “one of the biggest elements of the men’s golf club”. It invites students to “come along each Wednesday at 7:30 pm to the Union for a mix of celebrating, drowning sorrows, drinking games and our regular pub golf events.”
Mr Roberts claimed that the AU’s decision to crack down on the golf club’s behaviour is part of a wider effort “to transform club culture”.
Ms Thompson failed to confirm if this was the case. Instead she said: “We look forward to…supporting all clubs with their growth and development”.