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Governor wants probe into incident with black women golfers

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for the state’s human relations commission to investigate what happened at Grandview Golf Course last month when police were called on a group of black women who were told they were playing too slowly.

In a letter sent Friday to interim chair of the commission Joel Bolstein, Wolf wrote that the state “must be committed to protecting individuals from discrimination,” and that if the allegations are true, they “must not be tolerated.”

Wolf is the second politician to ask the commission to investigate the Dover Township club after Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, sent Bolstein a similar letter about a week earlier.

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Grandview Golf Club issued an apology after the April 21 incident. The five women, including York County's NAACP chapter president, were club members and have described the experience, which began at the second hole, as demeaning and discriminatory.

A group of five black women (left to right: Carolyn Dow, Sandra Harrison, Karen Crosby, Sandra Thompson and Myneca Ojo) feel they were discriminated against by Grandview Golf Club after police were called to the Dover Township club Saturday, April 21 over a supposed dispute involving pace of play. (Photo courtesy of Myneca Ojo)

Video of part of their encounter with a group of men that included former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister and his son, co-owners of the club, has gone viral with the story being picked up by national media outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN, while The Daily Show on Comedy Central featured it in a segment.

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.

Officials at Grandview have stopped responding to interview requests and shut down their social-media pages.