A Pennsylvania golf club has apologized to a group of Black women for calling the police on them after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and ignored requestss to leave the course, the Associated Press reports.
Sandra Thompson told the York Daily Record that she and four friends were playing at the Grandview Gold Club when a White man approached them twice and started to complain that they were not playing fast enough.
Thompson, along with the other women, is a member of the club. The man is reportedly York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, the father of one of the club’s co-owners.
“I felt we were discriminated against,” one of the women, Myneca Ojo, said. “It was a horrific experience.”
One of the women spoke with personnel at Grandview and was told that they were keeping pace with the group in front of them.
Thompson, an attorney who heads the York chapter of the NAACP, said that the group of women are experienced golfers and are familiar with the rules of the game.
After three of the women left the course because they were shaken up by the experience, the remaining two women were then approached by Commissioner Chronister; his son, Jordan Chronister; and other White male employees, and were they were told they would have to leave because they took too long to break.
Club co-owner and Jordan Chronister’s wife, JJ Chronister, called the women personally to apologize on Sunday.
“We sincerely apologize to the women for making them feel uncomfortable here at Grandview, that is not our intention in any way,” she told the York Daily Record. “We want all of our members to feel valued and that they can come out here and have a great time, play golf and enjoy the experience.”
She offered to meet with the women to come up with ways that the club can learn from this, but Thompson isn’t sure about a meeting.
“There needs to be something more substantial to understand they don’t treat people in this manner,” she said.
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