ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Ted Bishop was ousted Friday as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter.
Bishop was unhappy with comments Poulter made in his book about the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson last month at Gleneagles. Bishop was with Faldo at The Greenbrier on Thursday when he tweeted to Poulter, “Faldo’s record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl.”
Derek Sprague, the head golf pro at Malone Golf Club, is expected to be voted in as the next president at the Nov. 22 annual meeting. On Friday, he was appointed the interim president.
“The members and apprentices of the PGA of America must uphold the highest standards and values of the profession, as well as the manner in which we conduct ourselves at all times,” Sprague said. “We apologize to any individual or group that felt diminished, in any way, by this unacceptable incident.”
In a separate posting on his Facebook page, Bishop lamented that athletes who had “lesser records or accomplishments in a sport never criticized the icons.” He mentioned Watson’s eight majors and Faldo’s six majors.
“Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!”
In removing Bishop as president, the PGA of America board said the remarks were inconsistent with association’s policies.
Bishop, a head golf professional from Indiana, had one month remaining on his two-year term as president.
The PGA of America has 27,000 members and runs the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup when it is held in America.
“Is being called a ‘lil girl’ meant to be derogatory or a put down?” Poulter said in a statement. “That’s pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America.”
Bishop’s boldest move as president was to pick Watson, 65, as the U.S. captain, saying he was tired of the Americans losing. But the move backfired when Watson’s heavy-handed style didn’t mesh with a younger generation.
Poulter in his book said that Watson’s decision-making “completely baffles me.” He was referring to benching Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley for both sessions Saturday.
Faldo stirred up the European team when he said during his Golf Channel commentary that Sergio Garcia was “useless” in 2008 during the European loss at Valhalla and that he had a “bad attitude.”
“Faldo has lost a lot of respect from players because of what he said,” Poulter said in his book. He noted that it was Europe’s only loss in the last 15 years and Faldo was the captain. “So who’s useless? I think Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror.”
DWI - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Lacey M. Thompson, 24, of Hogansburg with driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for speeding following a traffic stop at 2:08 a.m. Saturday on County Route 42 in the town of Massena. She reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered proof of intoxication in the state.
FAMILY COURT ACT - NICHOLVILLE - Massena-based state police charged Jeremiah J. Martin, 16, of Nicholville with a violation of the Family Court Act after responding to a complaint at 6:45 p.m. Friday from the town of Lawrence. The arrest was made at 7:45 p.m. on state Route 11B in the town of Hopkinton. Martin was released to a third party.
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION - DEKALB - Gouverneur-based state police reported Saturday they had charged Jorden A. Whitton, 17, of Richville with an unlawful possession of marijuana violation following an incident Oct. 21 in the town of Dekalb.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated a number of property damage accidents around the region on Friday. Among those:
• Timothy M. Taylor, 63, of Massena was involved in a vehicle-deer accident at 7:30 p.m. on Route 11C, near Route 420, in the town of Stockholm.
BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Kay L. Bullock, 34, of 415 South Main St., Massena, on a bench warrant held by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police at 9:16 a.m. Friday at her residence. She was turned over to tribal police, arraigned in local court, sent to the Franklin County Jail and released after posting bail.
RED LIGHT VIOLATION - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Margaet A. Curtis, 50, of Ober Street, Massena, for a red light violation on Grove Street at Route 37 at 10:21 a.m. Friday.
INADEQUATE MUFFLER - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Marshall S. Davis, 19,of Noyes Road, Potsdam, for operation of a vehicle with an inadequate muffler at 1:36 p.m. Friday following a traffic stop on Main Street,
UNINSPECTED VEHICLE - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Damion Martin, 20, of Potsdam for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle and operation of a vehicle with inadequate headlights at 12:33 a.m. Friday following a traffic stop on Maple Street. Police said they stopped the vehicle after observing it had an an inoperable headlight. Further investigation revealed the vehicle’s inspection expired in April 2014.
UNINSPECTED MOTOR VEHICLE - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Dalijah R. Demand, 22, of Troy for operation of an uninspected motor vehicle at 10:51 a.m. Friday following a traffic stop on Pierrepont Avenue.
FAKE ID - POTSDAM - Village police charged Jack Valentine, 18, of Sea Cliff with attempt to purchase alcohol by fraudulent means and use of a fictitious license at 10:51 a.m. Friday after he allegedly attempted to purchase alcohol with a fake ID at T & R Wines and Liquors.
FAKE ID - POTSDAM - Village police charged Aaron I. Benowitz, 18, of Plainview with possession of another’s license at 8:50 p.m. Friday after he showed a fake ID at T & R Wines and Liquors.
FAILURE TO YIELD - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Nathan G. Carr, 18, of Syracuse for failure to yield right of way at 9:33 p.m. Friday following a traffic stop on Maple Street.
The Police Blotter
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
0033 Traffic stop completed. Tickets issued.
0111 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.
1027 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.
1112 Funeral escort for Seymour Funeral Home.
1118 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.
1142 Traffic stop on Maple Street. Verbal warning issued for speed in zone.
1157 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.
1202 Assisted SUNY Potsdam Police with a mental health incident.
1631 Larceny of a bicycle from Clarkson University.
1649 Public lewdness complaint on Maple Street.
1729 Traffic stop on Pleasant Street. Verbal warning issued.
1748 Traffic stop on Lower Pine Street. Verbal warning issued.
1810 Larceny complaint on Lawrence Avenue.
2018 Traffic stop on Leroy Street. Verbal warning issued.
2050 Patrol responded to a business to verify an ID. Ticket issued.
2107 Traffic stop on Garden Street. Verbal warning issued.
2113 Traffic stop on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.
2133 Traffic stop on Main Street. Ticket issued.
2213 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
2225 Order of protection violation reported. Arrest made.
2344 Patrols responded to a noise complaint on Walnut Street.
2356 Patrol observed three subjects with alcohol on Depot Street. Verbal warning issued.
MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with a drop count when she picked up an envelope containing 1.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine at the U.S. Post Office on Main Street told police it was the first time she had received drugs in the mail.
Village police charged Peter J. Amante, 39, of 60 Liberty Ave., Massena, with sixth-degree conspiracy and his girlfriend, Michelle L. Burns, 31, also of 60 Liberty Ave., Massena, with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Oct. 16.
The couple reportedly went to the post office on Main Street in Massena late that Thursday afternoon to pick up a package that contained 1.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
Amante, in his statement to police, said he had the envelope containing a small amount of meth sent to Massena from Las Vegas.
“This was for personal use and not for any type of resale,” he said in his statement to police.
Burns assured police investigators it was the first time she had received drugs in the mail, suggesting she had been drug-free since returning to the north country nearly a year ago.
“I have not used drugs since moving back to Massena, and Peter and I were just going to get high because we were bored,” she said in the statement she reportedly signed for police.
Burns told police she had moved to Massena in November and was living with her boyfriend, whom she met when she lived in Las Vegas and had dated for the past seven years. She said she has lived in Las Vegas off and on for eight or nine years before moving back home.
“We moved back to Massena to be closer to my family and raise my daughter. While I lived in Las Vegas, there was a bad time in my life that I was using crystal meth. I have been clean of crystal meth and all drugs since I moved back to Massena,” she said.
Burns, in her statement to police, said her boyfriend told her early last week that a card was coming in the mail from someone he knew in Las Vegas and that they were going to get high when it arrived. She said she didn’t know who was sending the card or what would be inside it.
She said she called the post office on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week and was told her package had not arrived, but received a call from the postal service on Thursday informing her the envelope had arrived.
“I drove down to the post office with my boyfriend to get the card and was greeted by members of the Massena Police Department and the U.S. Postal Service Investigator’s Office,” she said.
PARISHVILLE — St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday charged Heidi L. Hogle, 26, of 465 West Parishville Road, with third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
Deputies allege that at her home Thursday, Ms. Hogle struck her boyfriend in the head multiple times during an argument and destroyed his guitar.
She was arraigned in Pierrepont Town Court and released on her own recognizance.