One of the biggest reasons I could never get into watching golf is one of the same reasons I could never get into watching baseball: the sport is just too slow-paced.
I know that baseball has its spurts, and I'm sure I'd have a much different opinion of it if there was a curveball coming at my head at 90 miles per hour, but golf? I get the technical aspect of it, the finesse it requires, and the long-standing legacy and tradition the game represents, but, does it seem boring.
But isn't that the point?
Unless I'm mistaken, the whole point is to line up your shot, consider the wind, the turf, and select the right club for the job, which takes a bit of time, right?
Apparently, the Grandview Golf Club in Pennsylvania wants people to get accustomed to faster-paced games, so much so that they're willing to call the police on some players. Which is apparently what the co-owner and his father did, alleging a golf party of all black women were playing too slowly for their tastes.
The group didn't even make it past the second hole until the father of the co-owner approached them and said that "they weren't keeping up with the pace of play," according to Philly.com.
As it turns out, the women are part of a well-known golfing group in the area - they're called Sisters in the Fairway. To say that they have experience with "the greatest game ever played" would be an understatement.
The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group has been around for at least a decade, and all of its members are experienced players who have golfed all over the county and world. They're very familiar with golf etiquette, she said.— F.L.E.X.I.N., B Δ K Spr. 18 (@emarvelous) April 24, 2018
One of the group members, Sandra Thompson, pointed out that they were keeping in pace with the group ahead of them, but in order to avoid any issues with the golf club management, they skipped playing the third hole.
A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course. Sandra Thompson and four friends met up Saturday to play.. https://t.co/jdkiA3Kl5F— parker 🌊🌲🦉 (@Pnwowl) April 24, 2018
If you're not familiar with the rules of golf, players customarily take a break after playing 9 holes before resuming the other half of the game. After making it to the ninth hole, three players in the group had their experience soured by management that they decided to just up and leave not finish the game.
When they resumed play, the man who approached them at the second hole, Steve Chronister, approached the women with his son, co-owner Jordan Chronister, and other male employees, saying that the women took too long of a break and asked them to leave the golf course.
The players rebutted that the golfers who were playing behind them were still taking a beer break and that their recess wasn't an excessive one. The women were then informed that the police were called to resolve the situation, and when the cops did show up, everyone was questioned and had their statements recorded.
The women left, the golf course went back to their business, and the cops bounced. But once word of the Grandview Golf Course's treatment of the women got out, and one of the players went on the record saying that she "felt we were discriminated against," the Grandview Golf Course offered up an apology.
"We sincerely apologize to the women for making them feel uncomfortable here at Grandview, that is not our intention in any way. We want all of our members to feel valued and that they can come out here and have a great time, play golf and enjoy the experience," JJ Chronister, co-owner of the Grandview Golf Club and wife of Jordan Chronister.
JJ went on to say that she hopes she can meet with the members to discuss what occurred on the green and hopes a conversation can help the course do better for the future. Thompson doesn't really think a meeting is necessary.
"There needs to be something more substantial to understand they don't treat people in this manner."
I cannot fathom the situation that would require that sort of response. Calling the cops?— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) April 23, 2018
Did a group ask to play through and the women pulled guns on them?
What the hell
Jordan Chronister followed up his wife's apology with another statement:
The AP version of #golfingwhileblack popping up repeatedly in my TL doesn’t include the latest statement from the club, which moves away from an apology and tries to justify calling the police. YDR: https://t.co/DbMysLm2EM | AP: https://t.co/jeAyjEo1Z7) pic.twitter.com/dO9vi8zzyu— Staci D Kramer (@sdkstl) April 24, 2018
People were flabbergasted by the entire situation.
Can you IMAGINE the level of hubris you need to have to think that THE SPEED OF YOUR GOLF GAME is worth police attention— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) April 23, 2018
Especially after this occurred in the same state where two black men had the cops called on them for just sitting in a Starbucks and waiting for their friend to order drinks.
What do you think?