Senator asks for probe of golf course incident


A state senator wants to know why five African American women golfers.were asked to leave a York County golf course.

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) has asked the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to investigate the incident Saturday at the Grandview Golf Club in Dover Township.

The women say a club representative approached them at the second hole and told them they were playing too slowly, which they deny. After the ninth hole, the group says they were told they were taking too long of a break and needed to leave.

Police were called when some of the women refused to leave the club. No one was charged.

“We were the only African American women in the group of white males, and they treated us differently,” golfer Sandra Thompson told ABC27 News this week. “The only thing, based on what we know, that we can surmise, is it’s because of our race and gender.”

Hughes said the allegations are outrageous and a blatant violation of the Human Relations Act.

“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,” Hughes wrote in a statement on his website.

In a statement on its Facebook page, a Grandview representative wrote that the club is “disappointed that this situation occurred and regret that our members were made to feel uncomfortable in any way.”

In another statement, the club said it typically asks slow players to leave the course, and most members usually leave after the request. The club said it called police “to ensure an amicable result” because the woman wouldn’t leave.

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