York, Pa. (WTXF) - A Pennsylvania golf club is apologizing after calling the police on a group of African American women who club owners reportedly claimed were playing too slow. The women say they were discriminated against during a round of golf Saturday when the golf club owner and a group of men kept harassing them over and over.
Cell phone video shared by FOX 43 in Harrisburg of an interaction between Grandview Golf Club owner Jordan Chronister and a group of five women golfers at the country club in York County, Pa. They're fairly new club members there their first time playing this course.
"They came in an approach that was really hostile and these guys 6'3",6'4' —about 4 or 5 of them and they all had drinks in their hands so we were very frightened," Myneca OJO said.
The group called 'Sisters of the Fairway' say they got permission to play a five-some, but they say the owner's father approached them when they were only on the second hole saying the women were violating the club policy.
"He was saying how we were playing too slowly and I was saying we weren't and we were doing as required which is keeping the front group in our sight," Attorney and Director of the York Chapter NAACP Sandra Thompson said.
On Good Day Philadelphia Wednesday morning, two of the ladies told Mike and Alex they were interrupted by the men a couple times more—leaving some in the group too shaken to play on.
"One, we skipped a hole to appease them and it put us behind, but then at the fourth hole, two of our players just couldn't play they sat it out," Thompson said.
She says the remaining players went on to finish the front nine in under two hours But then, the men approached again.
"They immediately said get off the property," Thompson said. "The only difference between us and the other guys—people that were golfing—we were African American women, they were white males."
Club owners declined on speak on camera but managers shared this statement:
"While our intention was to ensure all teams on the course were moving through in a timely manner, the interaction between our members and our ownership progressed in a manner that was not reflective of our company's values or expectations for our professionalism."
The women say they were first offered full refunds for their memberships and an apology, but later reports say club owners are now defending themselves that they did have a legitimate reason to call police on the women.
FOX 29 tried to contact the club Wednesday, but our calls went straight to voicemail and the voicemail was full.
The golfers who appeared on Good day say they haven't accepted any resolution they've been offered so far.