US District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor ruled on May 31 that Bob Lobel, a former sportscaster for WBZ-TV in Boston, doesn’t have any legal right to use a special golf cart around the greens on the Auburndale, Mass., golf course, because the club “has all the basic characteristics of a private club,” and is not subject to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Bob Lobel, a retired sports anchor, sued the Auburndale, Mass., club last November, claiming that he was unfairly prevented from using a specialized cart to play on its greens. Three of the four counts in the original suit have since been dismissed, but one count that remains accuses the club of violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
In the lawsuit, Bob Lobel, who anchored evening sportscasts for WBZ-TV for 30 years, contends that Woodland GC in Auburndale, Mass. has wrongly denied his right to use a specialized golf cart. Woodland GM David Garfinkel said there are no restrictions for anyone using those types of carts, except on greens.