"There is nothing wrong under UK legislation with a single-sex club"
By mustang6560 on 4/24/13
Royal & Ancient boss Peter Dawson said Monday he will not bully the all-male clubs in the Open Championship rotation to admit female members.
"There is nothing wrong under UK legislation with a single-sex club as long as they behave under the equality act as far as guest access is concerned, which Muirfield certainly does," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said Tuesday. "And to think the R&A might say to a club like Muirfield, 'You are not going to have The Open anymore unless you change your policy,' is frankly a bullying position that we would never take."
Now that Augusta National is a co-ed golf club, the focus of the fight for equality in golf has turned to the R&A and the three all-male clubs in the Open rota — Muirfield, Royal St. George's and Royal Troon.

Peter also used history to justify Muirfield's inclusion in the Open rota.
"Muirfield has a huge history when it comes to The Open Championship and this will be the 16th time that is has been played there, and who are we to say what they should do as they are behaving perfectly legally," Dawson said.
At the end of the day, there are only two long-term options for the all-male clubs in the Open rota — admit female members or lose the opportunity to host the oldest major championship in golf. We may have several more years of this conversation, but eventually the pressure will be too great for the R&A.

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birdieXris says:
"the pressure will be too great for the R&A" - No i think they'll be fine with it for a very long time. I don't know that the rest of the world shares the US sentiment of "if i don't like what you're doing you have to change it". If a private club is acting in accordance with the law, then it's all OK. I don't think the R&A will cave to popular opinion like the USGA would. Do they seriously think that people would NOT attend an open championship because of where it's played? Same thing with the US Open or any other tournament.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Dawson was quoted as saying, "On the day Augusta announced its two women members, I remember Gordon Brown opportunistically standing up and saying: 'If they can do it in South Carolina, why can't they do it in Scotland?'"

Mr. Dawson needs to take a geography class - during which he might learn that Augusta is actually in Georgia, not South Carolina.
Dusty23 says:
Actually Mr. Dawson had the quote correct, it was Mr. Brown who screwed up.
mmontisano says:
did you even read what you were quoting? it says "Gordon Brown" got it wrong.
Matt F says:
Have to agree with Xris on this one. Hit the nail on the head, they can do whatever they like to do unless they are breaking the law, which they are not.

AFAIK, the rest of the work doesn't work the way the US does, obviously not in the UK at this time and certainly not in Australia.
jasonfish11 says:
I'm actually upset that Augusta allowed women. I was hoping they lost a law suit and were forced to allow women. This would let me sign up for Shapes or Curves fitness and when I was told I couldn't join because I'm a man there would be precedence set when I sued them for millions.
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