Mosman sports doctor Michael Oei, who took the Australian Golf Club to court after it expelled him for cheating. Photo: 苏州美甲美睫培训学校musculoskeletalgolfinjury.co Mosman sports doctor Michael Oei, who took the Australian Golf Club to court after it expelled him for cheating. Photo: 苏州美甲美睫培训学校musculoskeletalgolfinjury.co
A Mosman sports doctor has taken one of Sydney’s most prestigious golf clubs to the NSW Supreme Court after he was expelled for cheating during club competitions.
Bing Michael Oei, who runs a golf injury clinic, claimed there would be “serious consequences” if he lost his Australian Golf Club membership, including “loss of enjoyment of club amenities” and “damage to his reputation”.
If the club did not give his membership back, he wanted compensation for his loss.
However, on Thursday, Justice John Sackar found there was no “legitimate basis” for the courts to interfere with the club’s decision to expel Dr Oei.
In March this year, the Australian Golf Club board found Dr Oei’s cheating to be “unbecoming conduct” and expelled him after a disciplinary hearing,
This came after club members reported seeing Dr Oei handling his ball to improve his position, out of sight from his playing partners.
It was alleged that, in July last year, he picked up his golf ball and threw it underarm three metres in an attempt to improve his position.
Dr Oei denied that he had done anything in a dishonest fashion.
“But when pressed further as to what his attitude to the charges was, his response was that he may have erred in throwing the ball rather than dropping it,” Justice Sackar said.
In November, it was alleged he moved his ball one metre alongside the fairway bunker.
“The board was entitled to reject the Plaintiff’s account and find reasonably that he deliberately flouted the rules again to place himself in a more advantageous position,” Justice Sackar said.
Dr Oei also tried to argue that his actions did not fall within the definitions of “unbecoming conduct” but Justice Sackar disagreed.
“It seems to me that a deliberate flouting of the rules would reasonably be in context regarded as conduct unbecoming.”
The Australian Golf Club, ranked No.15 in the world, hosted the Australian Open last year.
Court documents stated Dr Oei paid a $20,000 membership joining fee in 2007 and most recently paid $3500 for his 2015-16 half-yearly membership subscription.
Dr Oei is a fellow of the Australian College of Physical Medicine and has been practising medicine for 41 years.
Fairfax contacted Dr Oei for comment but he did not respond before publication.
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