ALBANY — A group known as Golfers Opposing Bigotry is calling on the PGA and the US Golf Association to sever ties with Donald Trump.
Group member and NYU history Prof. Jeffrey Sammons, who until recently had connections to the USGA, called on the organizations to move events planned for Trump golf courses to other venues and forgo booking new ones.
Golfers Opposing Bigotry is made up of three men — Sammons, Calvin Sinnette, a historian of black golfers, and Cedrick Smith, a two-time National Minority Collegiate Golf Association All-American, who earlier this year resigned from the USGA museum committee over the issue.
"I invite like-minded golfers and non-golfers to stand together against the racial, religious and other intolerance that Donald Trump's policies and rhetoric promote," Sammons wrote in a letter posted as part of the Not Who We Are campaign, an online site designed to encourage people to organize against Trump based on their occupations and communities.
"There is no place for this kind of discrimination or divisiveness in the golf community or in America," he wrote.
The 2017 PGA Senior Championship is set for Trump National Golf Club DC in Virginia while the 2022 PGA Championship is booked at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey.
"The PGA supposedly is committed to growing the game yet it closely associates with someone who revels in exclusivity," Sammons wrote.
Meanwhile, the 2017 U.S. Women's Open, a USGA major championship, is scheduled for Trump National Bedminster.
"Considering Trump's public denigration and demeaning of women, the choice of site is unjustifiable on moral and ethical grounds," Sammons wrote. "The same applies to his negative characterizations of immigrant, Mexicans, and Muslims."
Sammons wrote that women's professional golf is highly diverse. "As an international arbiter of golf, the USGA should do better by its responsibility to promote the best values of golf," he said.
He also noted that aggrieved members of Trump's Jupiter, Fla., golf club have sued the developer and said he has "stiffed" contractors at another golf property.
"Trump is not even good for golf let alone America," Sammons wrote.
Reps for Trump and the PGA did not return requests for comment.
The USGA said it is not canceling events at Trump courses even while distancing itself from the bombastic businessman.
"During his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump has made some remarks that are at odds with our belief that golf should be welcoming and inclusive for all," the USGA statement said. "We have reiterated for more than a year that we do not share his views, and that is still true.
"But with the 2017 U.S. Women's Open a year away, our focus is still on conducting the best championship we can for the players, the spectators, the fans, and the volunteers."
The statement also acknowledged the resignations of Sammons, Sinnette and Smith by praising their work, but saying, "We respect their views."
Sammons in his letter said talk is cheap. By refusing to disengage with Trump, the PGA and USGA are rewarding Trump materially and giving him "undeserved legitimacy while undermining the image of golf," he wrote.
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