- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Members of a Rhode Island golf club are suing its owners over allegations that a prospective sale of the club breached a contract.

The lawsuit filed Monday against Metacomet Property Company and Marshall and Sons Inc. alleges that the prospective sale breached the contract the members entered into for the 2020 golf season.

The eight members alleged the owners met with them by teleconference in November and never mentioned selling the club during that meeting or subsequent communication. The members went on to pay their dues in full for this year’s season.

It wasn’t until Feb. 20 that the owners informed them they were negotiating a sale of the club without mentioning it would be sold and turned into a mixed-use development.

Members said they were surprised when the owners announced the sale last week and that the club’s operations would cease after the anticipated closing in June. The owners had previously cited the club’s financial difficulties and the overall downward trend in the golf industry as part of the reason for selling.

A spokesman for the Metacomet owners said in a statement that the lawsuit is “frivolous.”

“We believe the allegations are whole without merit and we will defend against it vigorously,” read the statement in its entirety.

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