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Country club considers first black couple

February 01, 1995|By Michael Ollove | Michael Ollove,Sun Staff Writer

Beginning in 1899, the club was host to many professional golf tournaments. Its last was the U.S. Women's Open in 1988. Soon after, however, the United States Golf Association enacted a policy refusing to sanction tournaments at country clubs with discriminatory membership policies.

Mr. Johnston said the Baltimore Country Club's bylaws do not exclude any group from membership.

Mr. Murphy, who is the president of the USGA, said that he was among a group of club members who began talking a year ago about identifying blacks who might be interested in joining the club. In the fall, Mr. Murphy, now an executive with National Geographic, said he was told that Mr. Jews would be interested and Mr. Murphy agreed to join others in recommending him to the membership committee.

Should the club vote Mr. Jews in, one man who won't be impressed is Thomas Schweizer, Elkridge's secretary since 1964. "I think it's fine, it's great if he gets in," Mr. Schweizer said yesterday. "But if one person gets in, what does that prove?"

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