Ever since Donald Trump has become President of the Unites States, golf has had to re-evaluate it’s relationship with the business tycoon.
A few changes have been made in light of Trump’s presidency. The most recent WGC event could not find sponsorship at Trump Doral, so it moved to Mexico City. The PGA of America pulled the Grand Slam of Golf event from Trump National Los Angeles before cancelling the event permanently. The R&A recently snubbed Trump Turnberry from hosting The Open, although the course is still on the rotation.
Among all of these changes, one change has yet to be made, which is causing controversy among women’s golf. The U.S. Women’s Open is set to take place at Trump Bedminster, without any thought of relocating per the PGA of America’s CEO and the LPGA.
The women’s advocacy group UltraViolet, has started a petition to move the tournament from Bedminster because they feel this would “give millions in revenue, free advertising and good branding” to Trump. Someone who this group believes is a threat towards women’s rights. The petition has garnered more than 100,000 signatures, which has to say something to the organization.
The USGA responded by saying:
“The USGA has a deep respect for the freedoms we all enjoy in our country to express our views. We are committed to fostering a game that is welcoming and inclusive to all who choose to play it, and ensuring our championships are conducted without discrimination and in a safe and secure manner for athletes, volunteers, staff and fans. We are excited to provide a comprehensive test of golf for the very best female players in the world.”
The activist community is not the first to want this tournament moved from the Trump course. In October, three U.S. senators Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey and Bob Casey, sent a letter to the USGA’s Mike Davis asking to relocate the tournament following sexual remarks from the POTUS on a leaked tape.
“In declining future association with a brand that degrades women, the USGA and LPGA have an opportunity to make clear to the world, and most especially young Americans, that our nation will not tolerate nor do business with any company that condones or excuses action that constitutes sexual assault.”
While it doesn’t seem like that letter made any difference at all, maybe these 100k signatures will reach the right ears.