Cypress Point refuses to change its policies


The Cypress Point Golf Club became the third private club to refuse to change its membership policies to conform to the PGA Tour's new anti-discriminatory guidelines for clubs that play host to tour events, and no longer will be one of the sites of the AT&T; Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The club, located on California's Monterey Peninsula, admits women but does not have a black among its 250 members.

The tournament, scheduled to begin Jan. 31, is played over three courses, including Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. The latter courses are public, so the Tour guidelines do not apply to them.

"We wanted to continue to hold the tournament," said Bill Borland, a member at Cypress Point and the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Golf Foundation. "But the PGA Tour told us that Cypress Point did not fit into its rules and regulations. There really was no negotiation."

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