Chief: Police were called to Grandview Golf Course twice

David Weissman
York Dispatch
Sandra Thompson, right, speaks alongside Sandra Harrison, both golfers and members of a group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway, during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday April 24, 2018 in York, Pa. Officials at the Grandview Golf Club in York called police on the group Saturday, accusing them of playing too slowly and holding up others behind them. On Sunday club co-owner JJ Chronister told the York Daily Record she called the women personally to "sincerely apologize." (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

When police were called to Grandview Golf Course after a heated exchange between a group of black women members and management, that was actually the second time police were called to the club that day.

Northern York County Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel confirmed that Steve Chronister, former county commissioner and an adviser to ownership at the club, had summoned police to the club earlier on Saturday, April 21, saying the women were playing too slowly and delaying other golfers.

When police arrived, Chronister told them the women had picked up their pace and there was no need to talk to them further, Bentzel said.

The police were called again after the women were asked to leave before teeing off on hole 10. Part of that exchange was captured in a video that has helped the incident go viral, with celebrities and national media outlets sharing the footage.

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Before The York Dispatch knew about the earlier call to police, a reporter asked JJ Chronister, a co-owner who was not involved in the incident, in an email whether current Grandview ownership had ever called police to remove a member before.

She responded: “In the past, players who have not followed the rules, specifically pace of play, have voluntarily left at our request as our scorecard states. In this instance, the members refused to leave, so we called police to ensure an amicable result.”

JJ Chronister has not responded to follow-up questions, and the club has deleted its social-media pages, including pages for BrewVino, a restaurant with the same owners.

Former York County Commissioner and Brewvino Owner Steve Chronister talks about Brewvino, LLC., taking over ownership of Grandview Golf Course, formerly owned by Jane and Doug Barton, of Codorus Township, during a press conference at the golf club in Dover Township, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The women involved said Steve Chronister originally approached them on the second hole about slow play, and Sandra Thompson, president of York County’s NAACP chapter, said he offered to refund their memberships if they would leave.

They have alleged racial and gender discrimination, and a state senator from Philadelphia has requested that the state Human Relations Commission investigate the incident.

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The women, who are part of a group that golfs regularly, have asserted that they were not playing slowly, finishing the front nine in less than two hours with a group of five, which they say the club approved.

CNN reported that one of the men playing behind the group told police he thought it was unusual the women were playing with five — golf groups are typically limited to foursomes — but their speed never slowed his group down.

— Reach David Weissman at or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.