Amateur golfer is considering suing WMGA after withdrawal drama
An “intimidating” amateur golfer is considering legal action against the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association.
23-year-old Yonkers native Marianna Monaco alleges the WMGA forced her to withdraw from a tournament last week.
While stories differ, Monaco says WMGA president, Cheryl Brayman, told her she had to withdraw ahead of the final round of the July 24 Stroke Play Championship. Brayman instructed her she had to write a letter saying she’d WD, which you can see below.
After a back and forth about what she did wrong that, according to Monaco, didn’t yield any substantive accusations, Brayman reportedly said
“Well, the reason is we feel intimidated by you.”
The WMGA says Monaco has been a problem in the past.
A Mike Zacchio and Mike Dougherty report for the , indicates Monaco was hitting range balls more than the maximum allowed 180 yards at North Shore Country Club. Monaco disputes this, saying she only hit one such ball before stopping at an employee’s request.
She took to Facebook following the withdrawal.
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The WMGA released a statement in response
“When conducting our tournaments, we require tournament participants to abide by the rules of those host clubs,” it read. “When, as was the case with Ms. Monaco at a recent event, a tournament participant flagrantly violates the rules of a host club, the WMGA takes action to prevent additional violations.
“At the event, Ms. Monaco intentionally hit golf balls at the driving range beyond the yardage limits set by the club (beyond those limits is an inhabited public area). Ms. Monaco was requested by the host club to stop her conduct and to conform to their rules. The WMGA reiterated the host club’s request, yet for reasons we cannot comprehend, Ms. Monaco continued to violate the rules and hit balls into the public area.
“It was not the first time the WMGA has had issues with Ms. Monaco violating host club policies. Based on her history of inappropriate conduct, the WMGA asked Ms. Monaco to withdraw from the tournament and the WMGA.”
Monaco told the Journal News she’s considering taking legal action.