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Sunset Hills Country Club sued after changing golf handicap rules in tournaments

By Robbie Hargett | Sep 22, 2015

A Madison County man is suing Sunset Hills Country Club over claims it has deprived him of benefits after a golf rule change.

Zaki Sheikh filed a complaint on Aug. 31 in Madison County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff claims he is an avid golfer with a handicap. The plaintiff says he joined Sunset Hills in 1972 because of its affiliation with the United States Golf Association, whose rules allowed full handicap to be used in scoring in tournaments, resulting in unlimited play for a handicapped golfer like Sheikh.

The complaint states that in the summer of 2013, Sheikh entered a tournament at the club and learned that it no longer followed USGA rules, refusing to give a full handicap in match play to a golfer with a USGA-rated handicap, like Sheikh.

Sheikh, who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees to the country club, thereafter found it difficult to participate in tournaments, depriving him of benefits promised by membership to the club, the complaint states.

Sheikh seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs of the suit. He is represented by Ronald A. Roth of Roth Law Offices LLC in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1120

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