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Millionaire resigns from golf club in row over £75

Frank Blin claimed �75 for a broken windscreen from Bonnyton when he had actually been at Turnberry. Picture: Jane Barlow

Frank Blin claimed �75 for a broken windscreen from Bonnyton when he had actually been at Turnberry. Picture: Jane Barlow

  • by PAUL DRURY
 

A MILLIONAIRE accountant has resigned in disgrace from his golf club in a row over a £75 
payment he claimed.

Frank Blin – a former boss at Pricewaterhouse Coopers – asked club officials to pay him £75 when the windscreen of his car was smashed by a golf ball.

The 60-year-old said the window had been broken while his car was near club property and demanded the committee at Bonnyton Golf Club near Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire, pay for the excess on his car insurance.

Club officials agreed to give the high-profile accountant a cheque to cover the costs.

However, it later emerged that Mr Blin’s car was smashed at Turnberry in Ayrshire – where a strict car-park disclaimer means no-one can claim against the club for any damage to their 
vehicle caused by a stray ball.

It emerged that Mr Blin 
decided to ask club officials at Bonnyton to provide the money by claiming his window had been smashed at Bonnyton. He was caught when other players at Turnberry and Bonnyton happened to be talking about him and his smashed windscreen.

Yesterday it emerged officials at Bonnyton summoned Mr Blin to speak to them and threatened him with disciplinary action.

Instead he chose to resign from the club where he had played for several decades.

One member at Bonnyton, who did not wish to be named, said: “Anyone who loves their golf club never tries to take money from it, even if the reasons are genuine. But to stoop so low as to falsely claim for £75 is just unbelievable. The man is worth a fortune yet has risked his good name for a few bob.”

Mr Blin has long been one of the most respected business figures in Scotland. When he retired from accountants Pricewaterhouse Coopers two years ago he was executive chairman Scotland in charge of 10,000 staff and £1 billion in revenues.

In 2012 he was appointed one of Prince Charles’ Ambassadors for Scotland and was awarded the CBE for services to the Scottish financial sector in 2002.

The current controversy began in April when Mr Blin was playing at Turnberry Golf Club in Ayrshire, where he is also a member. While parked near the ninth hole, his windscreen was smashed by a stray ball.

A member of Bonnyton club said: “He was taking part in a ‘Members and Guests’ Day in April, when he chose to park his car next to the ninth. It is recognised as a car park but people are told that they park there at their own risk.

“His car window was struck by a ball but he couldn’t claim at Turnberry because their insurance policy wouldn’t cover it.

“Having been unable to get any money for his window out of Turnberry, he claimed the damage was caused at Bonnyton. It was only later, when some Turnberry members were playing at Bonnyton, that Mr Blin’s false claim came to light.”

There is no suggestion Mr Blin made any sort of false claim on his insurance. He was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Bonnyton vice-chairman 
Richard Groden confirmed Mr Blin had resigned from the club but declined to comment on the £75 payment. He said: “The gentleman concerned is no longer a member of the club so I wouldn’t comment on former members.”

 

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