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Golf row banker's case rejected
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Mr Smith denied marking his ball in front instead of behind
A judge has refused a banker's request for a judicial review of his suspension from a golf club following an allegation he cheated in a competition.

Lindsay Smith's membership at Nairn Golf Club was suspended for 12 months after a claim he inappropriately marked his ball twice.

He denied this happened and petitioned the Court of Session.

However, Lord Macphail said the club's committee had treated Mr Smith, from Inverness, fairly.

Mr Smith, a senior assistant director in commercial banking with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), was accused by another club member of wrongly marking his ball.

It was alleged he marked his ball in front instead of behind it on the 7th and 10th greens during a match play competition in September last year.

'No jurisdiction'

The club committee upheld the complaint in January, before deciding to suspend Mr Smith's membership in March.

Mr Smith "vehemently denied" the allegation.

He argued that the committee had no jurisdiction to rule upon the complaint, the club had failed to identify the charge against him, e-mails from the member making the allegation were not disclosed to him and he complained about how the committee dealt with the matter.

Lord Macphail, in a newly-released opinion, said the committee "had been at pains" to devise a procedure which would be fair.

Earlier, the Court of Session heard that news of the dispute reached Sir Fred Goodwin, the head of Mr Lindsay's employers.

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