Golf Club Sorry for Calling Cops on Group of Black Members
'It was a horrific experience,' says one of the women
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2018 6:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course, the AP reports. "I felt we were discriminated against," one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. "It was a horrific experience." Sandra Thompson and four friends met up Saturday to play a round of golf at the Grandview Golf Club, where they are all members, she told the newspaper. At the second hole, a white man whose son co-owns the club came up to them twice to complain that they weren't keeping up with the pace of play. Thompson, an attorney and the head of the York chapter of the NAACP, told the newspaper it was untrue. On the same hole, another member of the group, Sandra Harrison, said she spoke with a Grandview golf pro, who said they were fine since they were keeping pace with the group ahead of them.

Despite that, the women skipped the third hole to avoid any other issues, she said. After the ninth hole, where it is customary to take a break before continuing on the next nine holes, three of the group decided to leave because they were so shaken up by the earlier treatment, the women told the paper. Thompson said the man from the second hole, identified as former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister; his son, club co-owner Jordan Chronister; and several other white, male employees approached the remaining two women and said they took too long of a break and they needed to leave the course. The women argued they took an appropriate break, and that the men behind them were still on their beer break and not ready to tee off, as seen in a video Thompson gave the newspaper. The women were told that the police had been called, and so they waited. Northern York County Regional Police arrived, conducted interviews and left without charging anyone. The AP has more on the incident and the apology.


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