First Ever Female Member At Augusta National?
By mustang6560 on 3/28/12
Augusta National Golf Club, the site of the Masters, is in a precarious situation.

In its 80 year history, the club, which was founded by Bobby Jones in the 1930s, has never extended a membership to a woman. However, the new CEO of IBM, one of Augusta's three sponsors, is a woman and the club has historically invited the top executive of IBM to be a member.
Will International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)’s Ginni Rometty be able to wear a green jacket at the Masters Tournament?

As Augusta National Golf Club prepares to host the competition next week, it faces a quandary: The club hasn’t admitted a woman as a member since its founding eight decades ago, yet it has historically invited the chief executive officer of IBM, one of three Masters sponsors. Since the company named Rometty to the post this year, Augusta will have to break tradition either way.
To be honest, I am surprised Augusta National is still a man's-only club. I understand it's a private club and private clubs can set their own eligibility requirements, but I can't believe the leadership at Augusta has not caved to the pressures of society to open its doors to female members.

I'll be interested to see what transpires next week in regards to the new CEO of IBM. Will she or won't she be spotted in a green jacket? I'm sure whatever the decision is, Augusta will do its best to keep it under lock and key, though.

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birdieXris says:
Is there a chance, i wonder, that she gets the offer and "respectfully declines" it? Everybody wins there i guess, though who would decline membership to Augusta.
Banker85 says:
anyone who declines a membership to Augusta should get "respectfully" slapped in the face!
bkuehn1952 says:
The members of Augusta National have tried to limit the publicity surrounding the admission of new members. There was no announcement when the first African-American accepted membership and I would expect the first female member to be likewise accepted without any hoopla. Those anticipating Ms. Rometty to be walking around with a green jacket in 10 days are likely to be disappointed. If and when an offer of membership is made, it will be done quietly.
srogers13 says:
Augusta has never said they were a men's only club, they just have never admitted a female member. During the height of the controversy, they said they were not going to be bullied to take a female member to just take one for PR purposes. In fact, the attention and pressure from that time probably made them less likely to get a female member at that time. Now that it is not really being looked at as closely, they might just make it one, but do not expect a press release saying they made a female a member. They never advertised when they got a black member.
dartboss04 says:
I don't think they should cave. This is gender, not race or creed, and if guys want to form a club without women involved, I think they should be able to. I'm socially liberal for the most part, but not on this issue.
bobhooe says:
do they even have red tee's?
mustang6560 says:
@bobhooe- No. Just "member" and "championship" tees.
Kurt the Knife says:
I think they're missing a chance to admit someone who can make sandwiches.
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