PGA of America to Keep 2017 PGA in NC Despite HB2 Controversy

July 22, 2016
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The PGA of America announced Friday that the 2017 PGA Championship will remain at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., despite the brewing controversy surrounding North Carolina House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ citizens of the state.

PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua said in June that the organization would consider pulling the season’s fourth major from the course if HB2 was not overturned, but unlike the NBA, which pulled its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte on Thursday, the PGA of America ultimately stopped short of taking action.

“The PGA of America strongly opposes North Carolina HB2. It contradicts our commitment to create an inclusive and welcoming environment at our events. We remain hopeful that the law will be changed,” the PGA of America said in a written statement. “As we look to future events, our willingness to consider coming back to the State of North Carolina will be severely impacted unless HB2 is overturned.”

The organization went on to explain that because the club is a private facility not subject to all provisions of the bill, spectators of the 2017 PGA Championship will be able to use restrooms that “conforms with their gender identity or gender expression.”