The debate is over - Augusta National adds two female members!
By mustang6560 on 8/20/12
Thanks to oober mtrifo1 for the tip.

It's official — Augusta National, the host of The Masters, is no longer a male-only golf club.
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.

"This is a joyous occasion," Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said Monday.
It was only a matter of time before the folks at Augusta National invited a female member. I'm happy we can finally put this issue to bed and just enjoy The Masters and Augusta National for what it is — a great golf tournament, arguably the best!

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Torleif Sorenson says:
Earlier this year, I thought that Dr. Rice might get an invitation; it is certainly well-deserved. I also thought that multiple USGA champion Carol Semple (f.k.a. Carol Semple-Thompson) would get an invite... perhaps later on.
8/20/12
 
joe jones says:
Once again the Masters did things their way and on their timetable. Both good choices as far as I am concerned. Hopefully they can add a few fine women amateur golfers in the future.
8/20/12
 
Matt McGee says:
I disagree, joe jones. If Augusta National were doing things their way and on their timetable, it would be many years before a woman belonged to their club, if it ever happened at all. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if Tiger still wouldn't be allowed to play in The Masters. It's an old-rich-white-guy club that has only changed under enormous pressure.
8/20/12
 
falcon50driver says:
You make it sound like being an old rich white guy is a bad thing.
8/20/12
 
Matt McGee says:
Nothing wrong with being an old rich white guy. Lots wrong with treating others as though they are lesser beings because they are not old rich white guys.
8/20/12
 
bo_ruz says:
Well said Matt!
8/20/12
 
jfurr says:
Darla Moore is famous around here for being a very wealthy lady
8/20/12
 
Matt F says:
jfurr,

Isn't that a prerequisite for being a member of Augusta...wealthy?
8/21/12
 
jfurr says:
@mwfaith1971 -- for sure :)
8/21/12
 
GolfnDawg says:
Matt, it what way have the "old rich white guys" at Augusta National treated others as lesser beings? Please tell? Was it through the millions in donations to charities that supports such things as black history museums, tsunami relief, inner-city kids programs, etc. Maybe it's the way they have promoted and increased the game of golf amongst all people not just in the country but also Japan and other Asian countries.

I am glad they admitted these women to the club, however even if they hadn't there is no reason to sit there and say that these men were treating people as lesser humans simply because you deem it to be so. Their actions have clearly spoken louder than anyone's words.

Sorry about the soapbox but this kind of stuff is dumb as hell. It's sad that the decision of a private club is even a news story.
8/21/12
 
spackler455db says:
Of course Augusta should have female members. Of course they have the right to kep their membership all male if that's what they want. Private clubs can set their own rules.
8/21/12
 
Matt McGee says:
GolfnDawg, I appreciate your points. I'm not trying to take away the good that has come from the members of Augusta National. However, Augusta National isn't just any club. It's in the national spotlight. They have, for years, excluded people from their membership based upon their gender and their color. That's just not right, no matter how you spin it.
This kind of "stuff" may seem "dumb as hell" to you. I believe that equality among the citizens of this country is more important than the stature of private clubs or the game of golf.
8/21/12
 
joe jones says:
Matt McGee What pressure was being applied to Augusta National at this time. I am not aware of any threat by any social equality group since the aborted womans group of several years ago.At that time the Masters chose not to have any sponsorship participation to show that they would not be forced to do anything by any plan but their own. Billy Payne is renowned and revered for his charitable works and for the fairness he showed when he headed up the Olympics. They do things their way at their own pace.
8/21/12
 
GolfnDawg says:
Matt, You are still making baseless assertions of the internal feelings of a group of members that has NEVER spoken about membership issues. So they didn't have a woman in the club...can you name any other two women who have the reputation, prestige and influence these two women have? Can you not even entertain that Augusta was waiting on the exact right person for this induction? They only have around 300 members, wouldnt you think they are pretty picky in any member situation?

The stuff that is dumb as hell is the presumption of reasons for exclusion. Their track record has been to support all people regardless of race, gender, class or ethnicity yet people still paint them as a racist gender elitist club.

Are you saying their influence, power, money makes them different? That they should be held to a different standard? Equality is not variable last I checked.
8/21/12
 
Matt McGee says:
I'll simply refer back to my last comments in response to both of those. If I haven't explained my point well enough to be understood, then I'm not going to improve anything by repeating myself.
Cheers.
8/21/12
 
mmontisano says:
@joe jones....yes, there was pressure just this past spring to get a woman member because the whole IBM CEO thing. that's why the timing for these members is off.

@GolfnDawg....ask Charlie Sifford what he thinks of Augusta. ANGC has a long history of exclusion like Matt says. and they haven't done ---- in Asia besides give an exemption to the winner of the Asian Amateur. if they're so involved in spreading the game, how come i can't watch their little tournament online?
8/21/12
 
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