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State commission continues fact-finding probe into Grandview

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Sandra Harrison, left, testifies Friday during the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission meeting. At right is Kathy W. Morrison, chief counsel of the commission.
Sandra Harrison, left, testifies Friday during the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission meeting. At right is Kathy W. Morrison, chief counsel of the commission. - (Photo / )

Three of the five women affected by alleged racial discrimination shared their story this morning, the first half of day two of a state panel's investigatory hearing in York.

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Executive Director Chad Lassiter indicated, however, that representatives from Grandview Golf Club in Dover Township had declined to participate in the hearing. Legal counsel from Grandview stated that they felt they did not receive adequate notice of the hearing.

Kathy W. Morrison, chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, requested that Grandview have additional time made available to them to respond following today’s hearing.

The hearing, being held in the York City Council Chambers, continued its fact-finding for members of the commission to hear details surrounding the events of April 21 at golf club.

On that day, management at Grandview called the police on Sandra Thompson, 50, Myneca Ojo, 56; Karen Crosby, 58; and sisters Sandra Harrison, 59, and Carolyn Dow, 56, asking them to leave. Before the call, the women had been told that they were playing golf too slowly.

Ojo, Harrison and Dow shared their perspectives of what took place that day. Ojo also provided video iPhone footage.

“It was horrible,” Harrison said.

“It was embarrassing,” Dow said.

"I knew immediately on hole 2 what was going on,” Ojo said. “I knew that they just didn’t want us there. Their goal was to get us off of the course."

Having been golfing together for some time, the women also shared some of the high points throughout their golf careers and some insight into their group: Sisters of the Fairway. To become a member, the women were required to take a class on golfing and play with established members at least twice. They also have to know the rules of golf.

Dow, one of the original founders of the group, said that she even considers golfing when she’s traveling.

“Wherever we travel to, we make sure there’s golf there,” she said, adding that she has a number of golfing trophies to her name.

Ojo also shared that the day after the April 21 incident, she received a phone call from a woman who identified herself as the golf club co-owner, J.J. Chronister, who offered up an apology and a request to meet that morning. Though they weren’t not able to meet at that point, Chronister followed up with an email apology that stated she wanted to look into what happened as to provide proper staff and ownership training, Ojo said.

That apology was later rescinded in a formal statement provided to the York Daily Record.

Crosby and Thompson are expected to speak during the second half of the hearing today.

The commission is expected to file a report at some point following the close of today's hearing.  

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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow

​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter @localloislane.

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