Five African-American women who are members of a York County golf club say they were harassed and then discriminated against while playing a round of golf. Now both sides are accusing the other of lying.
Sandra Thompson says the father of one of the owners of Grandview Golf Club, former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, harassed her group of friends for going too slow. An accusation she denies.
“From the very beginning on the second hole, I was uncomfortable because our teammates were made to feel uncomfortable,” said Thompson. “We know we were the only African American women in the group of white males and they treated us differently. That’s what we know. The only thing based on what we know, that we can surmise is it’s because of our race and gender.”
Police were called to the club after the women were asked to leave for taking too long of a break between holes. One of the members posted a video to Facebook before officers arrived. The police left without arresting anyone.
Sandra Harrison, one of the members of the group “Sisters of the Fairway” say they understand etiquette on the course.
“You’re a gentleman or a gentlewoman and there is a code of conduct on the course. We’ll well aware of that. We’ve been playing for 10 years,” Harrison said.
Grandview Golf Club released a statement which reads in part, “This does not reflect our values or commitment of a welcoming environment for everyone. We are disappointed this situation happened.”
In another statement, the club points the finger at the women, saying it was their fault police were called because they wouldn’t leave. The women say that is not true.
“What about the next person who is black or brown or a woman who tries to engage the golf course and does not have that voice?” said Thompson.
The women are paid members of the club, and the owners refunded their membership. Thompson, a lawyer, says this may not be over quite yet. She is considering filing a discrimination lawsuit against the club.