The Governor is calling the incident that happened at the Grandview Golf Course last month embarrassing. He is asking state officials to investigate.
Governor Tom Wolf says he actually called one of the women who was told to leave the golf course to apologize. He tells us ABC27 doesn’t want Pennsylvania to be known as a place that is unfair, and he wants to protect others from discrimination.
“It was shocking,” said Sandra Thompson, who lives in Springettsbury Township. “It was embarrassing, humiliating, debilitating to just have to go through it.”
Thompson is one of the five African American women who say they were harassed and discriminated against while playing golf last month.
The women, who were members of the Grandview Golf Club in Dover Township, say they were told they were playing too slowly, and then were asked to leave.
Now, Wolf has asked the Human Relations Commission to investigate the incident.
“This kind of thing is embarrassing for Pennsylvania,” said Wolf.
The group, and the man playing behind them, say the women were playing up to speed. The police were called and no charges were filed.
We reached out to the Northern York County Regional Police and the department declined our request for an interview.
We also went to Grandview, and the club didn’t respond to our request to go on camera. In April, Grandview released a statement saying it was disappointed with the situation.
Thompson says accountability helps to heal, but she has not received an apology from the club.
Instead, Governor Wolf called her.
“I just wanted to make sure that she knew that somebody speaking on behalf of Pennsylvania said I’m sorry,” said Wolf.
Thompson tells ABC27 she has met with community leaders and elected officials to make sure this does not happen to anyone else.
“How can we have a greater impact than just with us… How do we make sure that any other black woman or black little girl who wants to golf can be encouraged instead of discouraged,” Thompson said.
“It traces back to our roots in the seventeenth century,” said Wolf. “This is a place that welcomes and embraces diversity. We were inclusive right from the start and I don’t want to lose that reputation for any reason.”
The Governor says the Human Relations Commission will decide the exact timeline of the investigation, but he wants it done as quickly as possible.