August 18, 1990
Want to know one of the reasons why racism is still alive and well in this great country of ours? Just read the following quotes from some of our fellow American golf pros regarding the membership policies of the Shoal Creek Country Club. Hale Irwin: "I have no comment. Next question." Payne Stewart: "I play golf. I don't make policy." Jack Nicklaus: "Old news as far as I'm concerned. We have talked enough about it." I wonder what our country would be like if everyone adopted this "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" attitude.
August 13, 1990 |
Shoal Creek, at the center of the racial controversary that led to a change in the way future tournament sites will be selected, has bid to be the host of the 1996 U.S. Open. "They're not the only club that's asked for that year," Robert T. Sommers, U.S. Golf Assn. official, said Sunday, but did not reveal the other clubs.
August 12, 1990 |
When he was 2, Frederick Chew III was given a set of miniature golf clubs and plastic balls. The back yard became his driving range, the living room rug his putting green. Chew, a small, delicate child, whacked each ball until it was lost. That done, he started hitting marbles. When he was 5, Chew, using a set of mix-and-match clubs bought at the local Goodwill for $3 and cut down at a hardware store, finished last in his first tournament.
August 9, 1990 |
Nick Faldo could win his third major golf tournament of the year, Greg Norman could win his second ever. Jack Nicklaus could win on a course he designed, Payne Stewart could defend a title. Tom Kite could add to his record $6 million in career earnings, Hale Irwin could continue his middle-age renaissance. And no one will remember. At least, not at first they won't. Much against its will, the 1990 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek has become a poster child for social reform.
August 5, 1990
Each victory in the battle against bigotry deserves applause, regardless of the motive for the step forward. Shoal Creek Country Club, a restrictive golf course where this weekend's Professional Golfers' Assn. championship is being played, has announced plans to admit its first African-American members. Several other whites-only country clubs that host prestigious tournaments are moving to do the same.