St. Andrews to Allow Women Members
By mustang6560 on 4/29/11
Please read this article with a British accent.

St. Andrews, one of golf's most famous men-only clubs, may soon allow women to join as full members.
The committee at the St Andrews Golf Club, which is run from a handsome Victorian mansion overlooking the greens and fairways of the fabled Old Course, has written to its 2,000 male members recommending that it admit women to the club. The club, founded in 1843, has warned its members that under the new Equality Act, the club could face prosecution for failing to allow women to join. Keeping the ban would be a "retrograde step" as it would mean women would also have to be barred from its clubhouse as guests.
While St. Andrews may reverse its membership policy in the near future, the R&A (Royal & Ancient) has no immediate plans to allow women to join. The thing is, not everyone is against men-only clubs.
But the main women's golfing organisations were much less enthusiastic. Shona Malcolm, chief executive officer of the Ladies Golf Union, which has 3,000 affiliated women-only clubs, said: "We have absolutely no problem with single-gender clubs at all. We're very supportive of single-gender clubs: what it does is allow golfers the freedom to choose what kind of club they want to join."
I applaud St. Andrews for taking the first step to allow female members. A club as old and as traditional as St. Andrews, change is not often accepted and tolerated very easily. I'm sure some of the members would not be happy to see women allowed as members.

I wonder if this will turn up the heat on Augusta National? As much as some people would like to see Augusta National allow women as members, I wouldn't hold my breath.



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[ comments ]
chief_broom says:
There are rumors going around that the ANGC already has a female member and they just haven't yet decided to say anything about it. Who knows?
4/29/11
 
mustang6560 says:
ANGC?
4/29/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Come on Mustang ... GC obviously is Golf Club (or Golf Course). Then think about the post you just made and the club mentioned other than St. Andrews.
4/29/11
 
mustang6560 says:
DUH! I'm not sure why that didn't register :)
4/29/11
 
falcon50driver says:
EIFTO,AIJADP.
5/1/11
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
@chief_broom, I wouldn't be surprised if they did not announce it; they are usually pretty low-key about things like this. My guess is that it is (or will be) a woman who is both fairly well-connected and very active in amateur golf -- either as a player, or in organization and/or fundraising.

My guesses for the first woman-member at ANGC are:
(1) Rear Admiral Marty Evans, USN (retired), who was interim LPGA Commissioner in 2009; or

(2) WGHOF'er Carol Semple Thompson, whose golf résumé dwarfs that of some men in the HOF.
5/2/11
 
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