By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, [email protected]
Five Black women out for a round of golf at a club in the midst of what some describe as “Trump country,” claim they were discriminated against by White members of the club for allegedly playing “too slow.”
According to the Associated Press, three of the women in the group of Black golfers left the course after Steve Chronister, the former York County Commissioner and the father of the course’s co-owner Jordan Chronister, complained the women moved too slowly and eventually asked them to leave the course. Two of the five women, Sandra Thompson and Myneca Ojo spoke to the York Daily Record about the incident. “I felt we were discriminated against,” said Ojo. “It was a horrific experience.”
Thompson said the women are part of a larger group known as Sisters in the Fairway, who are experienced golfers and have played on courses around the country and the world. Thompson is an attorney and is an official with the York chapter of the NAACP. She said the claims of the White men who called police are untrue. The AFRO reached out to Thompson for comment, but she did not respond before press time.
According to the Daily Record, when Northern York County Regional Police arrived, they conducted interviews and left without charging anyone. The wife of the man who called police on the Black golfers, who is also co-owner of the club has apologized to the women.
“We sincerely apologize to the women for making them feel uncomfortable here at Grandview, that is not our intention in any way,” said JJ Chronister, co-owner of the club to the York Daily Record newspaper. “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.” Chronister said she called the women personally on April 22 to apologize.
JJ Chronister said she hopes to meet with the five women in person, to use the incident as a teachable moment. But, Thompson said she isn’t necessarily interested in having a meeting.
“There needs to be something more substantial to understand they don’t treat people in this manner,” Thompson said.