Augusta National Golf Club ends male only membership
Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters golf tournament, finally ended an all-male policy that had endured for 80 years when it announced today that two women would be admitted as members for the first time.
Former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and financier, Darla Moore, will become the first women to don the renowned green jackets when the Augusta, Georgia, club re-opens for a new season in October.
Augusta National’s status as male-only has drawn criticism for years. Ahead of this year’s Masters tournament in April, President Barack Obama weighed in on the matter, saying through a spokesman that he believed women should be admitted.
“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club,” club President Billy Payne said in a statement.
Payne, who has refused in the past to speak publicly about membership matters, did not directly address the gender bar issue in his statement, saying only that it was a “significant and positive time” for the club and that Rice and Moore were subjected to the same review as other candidates.
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