Barry University Golf Team Boycotts Donald Trump's Doral Golf Course
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Donald Trump's presidential campaign continues to cause problems for his Trump National Doral Miami golf resort, especially when it comes to community relations. Some Miami-Dade commissioners have called for a ban on official public business with any Trump-owned entities. The Latin Builders Association pulled its 2015 gala from the resort. Relations with the resort's largest corporate neighbor, Univision, remain as tense as ever.
Now Barry University is entering the anti-Trump fray. The Miami Shores-based Catholic school has officially banned its men's golf team from practicing at Trump's courses.
The school sent New Times a statement on the decision:
Barry University does not engage in business relationships where senior leadership of a company takes a public position, or the company’s guiding principles are antithetical to the University’s core commitments of inclusive community and/or social justice.
This practice, which has been in place for some time, is not political, since we do not take positions relative to candidates. We seek only to ensure fulfillment of our values through institutional business-related ventures and expenditures. This does not preclude a student, faculty or staff member, as individuals, from participating in events or doing business with The Trump Organization. We are an inclusive community, so if there is a debate with all candidates, as per our policy, Mr. Trump, like all candidates would be welcome on our campus to present his views.
Formerly known as the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, the Trump organization bought the famed but floundering resort out of bankruptcy in 2012. The resort boasts five golf courses. The Blue Monster, the most famous, is home to the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The Barry Buccaneers golf team was allowed to practice at the resort three to four times a year. At least one student-athlete told Campus Reform he was miffed that he'll no longer get to play on the famed courses, but another noted the team also practices at other high-quality golf courses in the area.
This is South Florida after all. There's not exactly a shortage of golf greens.
The team, by the way, has won three NCAA Division II men's championships in the past ten years.
Barry University is one of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast, and the Trump campaign has had notably difficult relations with the church.
"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Pope Francis said of Trump's trademark position in February. "This is not the Gospel."