Lord Moynihan challenges R&A's male-only membership policy
By mustang6560 on 11/8/12
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club is one of the few remaining male-only golf clubs in the world. But it's only a matter of time before the political and social pressure reach a tipping point and the R&A updates its membership policy, especially people like Lord Moynihan.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live, Moynihan, the chairman of the British Olympic Association, said the R&A needs to "get real" before golf's return to the Olympics in 2016.
He said: "It is remarkable that Augusta has changed, but the Royal and Ancient is still there having not entitled and allowed complete equality of opportunity for women in this country.

"It should be an embedded characteristic of 21st century sport, especially when you see the contribution the athletes make.

"Let's get real and let's get on with the job of providing equality of opportunity across sports, sports administration as well as sporting opportunity."
It's clear as day to everyone interested in golf (expect the old fogies in St. Andrews), that the R&A needs to allow female members. If Augusta National, the ultimate male-only club, is co-ed, there is no chance the R&A will be able to withstand the scrutiny by itself. I would be surprised if the R&A is not co-ed by Rio de Janeiro.

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
Sorry, but I find it hard to listen to pontificating about equality of opportunity from someone with the title "Lord" in front of their name.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Brian is right inasmuch as the hereditary system of royalty in the UK is concerned; it is a concept foreign to most U.S. citizens. There is only one person in the world to whom I will ever bow down and worship... and he's not from England.

Having said that, kudos to Colin Moynihan, 4th Baron Moynihan, for standing up and saying the right thing.
C-4 says:
Amen Torleif..uplifting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!!
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