A Pennsylvania golf course has issued an apology after calling the police on a group of black women who were supposedly playing “too slowly” for the co-owner’s taste.
Sandra Thompson and her four friends recently met up at the Grandview Golf Club, where they are all members. While the group was playing, York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, the father of the golf club’s co-owner Jordan Chronister, approached them and told them that they were playing too slowly. Thompson tells the York Daily Record that this was incorrect, as the women were keeping pace with the group ahead of them, but that they skipped the third hole as an extra precaution.
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 to leave https://t.co/502FCDcKOm pic.twitter.com/aiQDt4a6vb
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) April 24, 2018
When the group took a customary break after the ninth hole, they were approached yet again and told that they needed to leave. When the women disputed the order, arguing that the men in front of them hadn’t finished their beer break and weren’t ready to tee off, they were informed that the police had been called.
According to the Associated Press, the women were all well-versed in the rules of the game, as they were longtime players:
The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group has been around for at least a decade, and all of its members are experienced players who have golfed all over the county and world, Thompson said. They’re very familiar with golf etiquette, she said.
When the Northern York County Regional Police arrived, they conducted interviews, determined that no charges needed to be made, and left the scene.
While the club owners have since apologized to the women for the incident, the club’s second statement to the York Daily Record leaves something to be desired:
The AP version of #golfingwhileblack popping up repeatedly in my TL doesn’t include the latest statement from the club, which moves away from an apology and tries to justify calling the police. YDR: https://t.co/DbMysLm2EM | AP: https://t.co/jeAyjEo1Z7) pic.twitter.com/dO9vi8zzyu
— Staci D Kramer (@sdkstl) April 24, 2018
Twitter couldn’t believe that police were actually called on this group of women who were enjoying a day of golf and behaving in a perfectly respectful manner.
This isn’t The Onion.
It’s the Associated Press.
The owner of the golf course CALLED THE POLICE on Black women who were there golfing because “they were going too slow.”
America. 2018. https://t.co/4l92l6nZKa
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 23, 2018
I cannot fathom the situation that would require that sort of response. Calling the cops?
Did a group ask to play through and the women pulled guns on them?
What the hell
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) April 23, 2018
Can you IMAGINE the level of hubris you need to have to think that THE SPEED OF YOUR GOLF GAME is worth police attention
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) April 23, 2018
Please stop calling the police on black people who are just trying to live. Please. Stop. Police shoot us for no fucking reason at all. Please. Stop. https://t.co/HOqZ6t76ca
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 23, 2018
The female co-owner of the golf club has made it clear that she would like to meet with the women — however, Thompson, who is president of the York branch of the NAACP, told the York Daily Record, “We’re interested in getting long-term resolution, not short-term resolution. … We’re not looking at surface or quick fixes, because surface or quick fixes [don’t] fix the mindset of what led to this.”
This news comes merely a week after two black men were arrested in Starbucks for not making a purchase and accused of “trespassing” when they were merely waiting for a business acquaintance.