Web.com Tour pro catching heat for ripping host course’s members

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on June 20, 2014

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Tom Gillis wasn’t too happy with a particular member at Crestview C.C., so he tweeted about it.

“When u play the web.com tour u get to warm up with the lady members,” Gillis tweeted on Thursday. Accompanying the tweet was a picture of a female member of the club practicing alongside Gillis while he was preparing to play in the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan.

Then he extrapolated a blunt assessment of the entire membership based on one person: “Never been to a course with a higher opinion of themselves. crestview c.c.”

FOLLOW-UP: See Tom Gillis get booed by Air Capital Classic fans the next day

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The comments upset tournament director and Crestview member Roy Turner, as well as other members and locals attending the Web.com Tour stop. Gillis, who is tied for second place at 9 under par through 36 holes, explained his typical social-media bluntness after his second round on Friday.

“I probably made the mistake of lumping everybody at the club into having a high opinion of themselves, when really there was one particular lady that was going to come out and chip balls because she didn’t care,” Gillis said, according to The Wichita Eagle. “She was mad that the tour was here because I heard her say it. She was 10 feet from me.”

The explanation nor context appeased Turner, who shared the tweets with Web.com Tour officials, who were none too pleased with Gillis’ viewpoint.

“We’re definitely following up on it,” said Web.com Tour official Tom Hearn. Hearn explained the PGA Tour does not discuss disciplinary measures for its players.

Hearn added, “I would like to say that hopefully the Crestview membership knows from the bottom of our hearts that is absolutely not the representation of the rest of the players and staff. When we come here, we are treated tremendously, and it’s a very unfortunate comment.”

Gillis expects backlash tomorrow from fans following him in the final group with tournament leader Aaron Watkins. Watkins made light of the situation on Friday night, tweeting a joke from “Happy Gilmore” to his Saturday playing partner.

Fellow Web.com Tour player Steve Wheatcroft missed the 36-hole cut, but tweeted he’s glad not to be Gillis on late Saturday afternoon.

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