PGA of America Pulls Tournament from Trump National L.A.

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

The PGA of America pulled its Grand Slam of Golf event from Trump National near Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The move follows ESPN’s decision on Monday to relocate a charity golf event raising money for a cancer research fund named for the late SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott administered by the foundation bearing the name of the late Jimmy Valvano, an NCAA tournament-winning basketball coach and colorful ESPN personality, from a Trump course in Florida.

“The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National—Los Angeles,” the group announced on Tuesday. “The PGA of America is in the process of exploring options, including a venue for its annual PGA Junior League Golf Championship, and will comment further at the appropriate time.”

Several corporate entities, including Macy’s and NBCUniversal, seek to shape political discourse by imposing economic penalties on Trump for speaking out against illegal immigration.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump maintained on June 16. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems…. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

The campaign to muzzle Trump centers on harming his various business ventures, including the California golf course.

The course’s namesake calls it the “pinnacle of the luxury public golf experience.” Located a half hour south of Los Angeles, Trump National, according to the billionaire presidential candidate, “serves as a perfect getaway for the busy executive.  Club amenities are second to none.  The grand 45,000 square foot clubhouse offers stately locker rooms, a stunning pro-shop, three dining options, secluded conference rooms, and a magnificent grand ballroom.”


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