You Give Golf A Bad Name
Apr 29th, 2018
Pennsylvania Senator gets involved in black members cop drama
'Slow-play' drama rolls on...
Words: Tim Southwell
Pennsylvania Senator gets involved in black members slow-play cop drama..
Further to our report on the black female members who had the police called on them for alleged slow play, a Pennsylvania state senator is calling for an investigation into the matter.
"We have to deal with situations like this too frequently," State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes said in a statement. "This time, police determined it was not a matter they should have been involved in, but it is appalling that someone would call the police for a non-violent incident where the only crime was being black on a public golf course."
Last week, five women were playing for the first time as members at the Grandview Golf Course in York County, Pennsylvania, when a co-owner of the course called 911 twice.
Steve Chronister first told police the women were delaying tee times for other golfers and then asked officers to remove them.
But officers at the scene determined it wasn't a police matter and left, Northern County Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel told CNN. The woman eventually left on their own and no charges were filed.
The day after the incident, the club's co-owner, JJ Chronister, called the women and apologized.
In a letter, Sen. Hughes has asked the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to open an investigation into the "troubling and disturbing" incident.
"These women believe they were asked to leave the course because of their race and gender," Hughes wrote.
On Thursday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf along with the Governor's Advisory Commission on African-American Affairs, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission released a statement urging the community fight against discrimination.
"We must do everything we can to curb the painful and far-reaching impact of bias, prejudice, and hate on individuals across the commonwealth. We must all work together to stand up for what is right and protect individuals in our communities from discrimination," the governor said.
"We urge business managers and owners to reflect upon the treatment of individuals who seek to patronize your businesses," he added.
And that's the end of that. Possibly...