The Toronto Star waded into the fray on the death of three young men who were drinking at the Lake Joseph Club and track down Jim Molenhuis, a ClubLink executive who left months before the accident, but was still charged in the case. They also talk to me, an apparently well-known blogger.
Here’s my take:
Robert Thompson, a well-known golf blogger, says the charges have shaken the sport’s community. Course owners are worried what kind of precedent could be set if the charges result in convictions.
If found guilty, the employees could face a fine of up to $100,000 and a year in jail. ClubLink, which has also been charged, could face a fine of up to $250,000, police said.
Thompson said it’s hard for young seasonal staffers in ritzy clubs to turn down members, even young ones. “In these types of clubs, members do not take no for an answer. These are exclusive clubs that people pay an awful lot of money for and the employees of the club are often seasonal workers.
“How are you going to tell a guy, or even the son of a guy who is worth 10 or 12 million dollars, `No, I’m not serving you?'”
Thompson and others have questioned the logic of charging board directors who have little to do with the company’s daily operations.
The full Star story is here.