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Battle rages to block Jamaicans from Tryall's board

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The picturesque Tryall golf course. - File

The fight over three vacant spaces on the board of the Hanover-based Tryall Club is intensifying with more allegations that efforts are being made to block Jamaicans from the leadership of the world-famous property.

At the heart of the dispute is a reported attempt by some board members to prevent any Jamaican from occupying any of the three seats now vacant on the eight-member board.

Last week, the Supreme Court paved the way for the election of the three directors with the lifting of an interim injunction blocking the election.

Mr Justice Brian Sykes ruled that he would not extend the interim injunction granted to club member Phillip Gore on the basis that the voting process was not being followed.

Gore had gone to court challenging the process of the proxy issued for the election, but with that now addressed, Sykes ruled that there was no reason to maintain the injunction.

Sykes also ruled that Gore could apply to the court to seek an appropriate remedy if there is any unfairness in the election.

However, with battle lines drawn, some members of the club have now applied to a court in Delaware, United States, to have the election conducted under the laws of that state.

EVENLY SPLIT

Sunday Gleaner sources say a resolution seeking to remove one board member at the centre of the dispute failed to pass last week with the board evenly split.

Attempts to remove this board member, an American, have intensified since he reportedly told a meeting of the board that while he has hired Jamaicans as consultants, he has "not been able to find Jamaicans to fill senior roles as they are not able to perform".

In addition to removing the board member, the resolution also sought to prevent an election with the three original nominees being put forward, but that was also rejected with five or six persons set to face the voters in what the sources say is a first for the club.

"Every effort at negotiating a settlement has failed because of the group which calls itself 'Concerned Members'," one source told our news team.

So far, members of the Tryall Club who have been contacted have refused to speak on the matter, with no reply to questions sent by email to president Julia Merck.