An official partner of the Women’s March on Washington is now looking to make a change in the golfing world.
The women’s group UltraViolet has already collected more than 100,000 signatures on a petition urging the U.S. Golf Association to move the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., and now it will take an extra step this weekend.
According to multiple publications, UltraViolet, one of the Women’s March’s official partners, will hold a protest at the LPGA’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup on Saturday. The message will be simple: Don’t participate in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, set for July 13-16, at President Donald Trump’s club.
“By holding the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump’s golf courses, the LPGA is giving millions in revenue, free advertising and branding to Trump, a racist, sexist, sexual predator. That’s deeply disappointing. The LPGA should not be rewarding Trump’s bigoted brand and normalize his platform and policies that degrade women and divide our country,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, in a press release. “The USGA and LPGA need to send a clear signal to young golfers, including women, people of color, and people with disabilities that it stands against Trump’s brand of hate, and for an inclusive strong future by moving the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open from Trump National Golf Course.”
As Golf.com reports through an UltraViolet spokesperson, the group has commissioned a plane to fly over the host site (Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz.) of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a banner reading “LPGA: Take a mulligan. Dump sexist Trump.”
According to Golf.com, UltraViolet members will protest outside the grounds by handing out golf balls and golf ball-patterned beach balls that say, “LPGA: Dump Trump.”
Of a dozen players interviewed by Golfweek last October at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, only one was adamant the tournament should be moved from Trump’s Bedminster site.