In a letter sent last week to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, management at Grandview Golf Club said it was not motivated by race or gender during an incident earlier this year in which the police were called on five black women golfers.
It stated that the Dover Township golf club declined to participate in a recent commission hearing as the club was in pending litigation with several of the women alleging racial discrimination at the club.
Over the course of the two-day hearing last week, commissioners of the state agency listened to testimony from the women, another golfer, Jerry Higgins, as well as Dr. Walter Palmer, president and founder of the Palmer Foundation and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He provided expert analysis on implicit bias and race relations.
The five women golfers testified that they were targeted because of their race and gender. Higgins testified that the women were keeping normal pace on the course.
Although representatives from Grandview did not testify at the hearing, former York County commissioner Steve Chronister, whose son Jordan is a co-owner of the golf course, was heard on 911 tapes during the hearings. Chronister and his son, Jordan, and other partners purchased the golf club last year.
Details also emerged at the hearing that a few of the women received phone calls shortly after the incident 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 able to meet at that time, Chronister followed up with an email apology that stated she wanted to look into what happened so as to provide proper staff and ownership training, Ojo said.
Grandview backtracked from that apology in a formal statement provided to the York Daily Record.
In the letter addressed to Lassiter, Grandview said that initially they felt the apology was well-received until videos of the incident appeared on social media. The club also said in that letter that it had hired a business consultant who will offer inclusive education.