Media backlash as millionaire member resigns over £75 false claim
A Scottish golf club is having to deal with a media backlash after one of its wealthy members resigned in disgrace when it emerged a claim he had made for a smashed windscreen was false.
Frank Blin, a millionaire former boss at Pricewaterhouse Coopers who had been a member at Bonnyton Golf Club for decades, demanded that the club pay him £75 when a golf ball smashed the windscreen of his car.
The fee was to pay for the excess on the 60-year-old’s car insurance.
The club paid the bill but it later emerged that the incident happened at Turnberry in Ayrshire, where Mr Blin is also a member and golfers are not allowed to claim for damage done to their cars by stray golf balls.
The deception was caught when golfers at Turnberry and Bonnyton happened to talk about the smashed windscreen and that Mr Blin had initially failed to get the £75 from Turnberry. Bonnyton’s committee was notified and it summoned Mr Blin to speak to them. He chose to resign instead.
The story has been featured in Scotland on Sunday, in which an anonymous member at Bonnyton 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.”
The newspaper added that Mr Blin had been in charge of 10,000 staff and £1 billion in revenues at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and was awarded the CBE for services to the Scottish financial sector in 2002.