Augusta admits female members

Good news! And, might I add, finally!

For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.

Both women accepted. . .

The move likely ends a debate that intensified in 2002 when Martha Burk of the National Council of Women’s Organizations urged the club to include women among its members. Former club chairman Hootie Johnson stood his ground, even at the cost of losing Masters television sponsors for two years, when he famously said Augusta National might one day have a woman in a green jacket, ”but not at the point of a bayonet.”

(Thanks CB!)

5 thoughts on “Augusta admits female members

  1. And in other news, a steamboat has traversed the Atlantic! Oh, sorry, I got caught in a history-as-it-should-have-happened time warp for a second… ;)

  2. I was amazed when I found out about this this morning. And then I was disgusted that it hadn’t happened sooner.

    Oh well, at least it happened!

  3. This is progress given the troglodyte nature of golf, and especially Augusta’s version of golf. But as a golfer myself, thinking of the legacy of “Babe” Zaharias (was there a “Stud” Woods? –opps apparently there was), the women’s game has always had a token status (check out the tournament venues and total money) that is justified by one criterion–length of the hole of play. There are men’s tees, pro tees, and then–shorter women’s tees. But look at “Babe’s” accomplishments–some while wearing a colostomy bag for colon cancer. Golf is a game of challenge not about sheer length of drives and irons, but skill navigating the course in fewest strokes of play. (No allegorical comment there about men needed.) After all, the short 17th at Sawgrass is a hole anyone who can play, can reach, but the point is the challenge of hitting an island green, not length. Yet there is no tournament for women at Sawgrass. The tournament the men play there at Sawgrass (the so-called 5th “Major”) is called The Players. Apparently women are not yet players.

  4. I can’t believe that I didn’t know until this news today that last year Condolezza Rice hit a hole in one at Warren golf course!

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