USGA’s Mike Davis distances his group from Donald Trump

Posted: July 9, 2015 3:51 pm

Like most of organized championship golf, the United States Golf Association has a Donald Trump problem.

U.S.G.A. Executive Director Mike Davis arrived in town Thursday, met with a small group of writers and, naturally, was asked about The Donald.

He didn’t wince.

The controversial real estate tycoon/Republican presidential candidate is also a serious golf-course developer. His Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey is scheduled to host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2017.

As you may have heard, Trump took his dubious reputation to another level recently when he issued a statement claimed immigration from Mexico to the United States amounted to “the worst elements in Mexico being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government,” including drug dealers, prostitutes and infectious disease.”

“We want golf to be very welcoming and open,” Davis said. “Obviously, those statements are not a good thing, and we certainly don’t agree with them.”

After his original statement, Trump said that, “I’ve had tremendous support from the golf world, because they all know I’m right. I’ve been great to golf. I’ve been investing while everybody else was fleeing.”

Soon after that, the U.S.G.A., P.G.A. and L.P.G.A. issued a joint statement which read in part, “In response to Mr. Trump’s comments about the golf industry ‘knowing he is right’ in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organizations.

While the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA do not usually comment on presidential politics, Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”

Davis did not say there are plans to pull any events from Trump courses.

“We have not wanted to get involved in politics,” Davis said Thursday. “But we don’t want to be about dividing people. We want to be about growing the game. We really want to get this right. We;re still evaluating things. At this point, that’s all we can say.”