Yesterday I wrote a column about Augusta National’s decision to admit two female members. Given the discussion the notion generated on this blog in the past, hopefully it’ll eclipse my remarks about Rob Ford and there will be talk about what this means for golf:
Augusta National – welcome to the 21st century.
It is fascinating to see that at a time when a disabled athlete can compete in the Olympics, and after women have tipped it up on the PGA Tour several times, a golf club admitting a female member is national news. It seems incongruous at a time when sports are making so many strides to be inclusive.
But that’s what golf’s most famous club, Augusta National, a course run by a group of men that has overseen the Masters since 1934, did when they finally agreed to allow two high-profile women join. Officially former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and business woman Darla Moore are now members of Augusta National Golf Club. The club announced the news today.
“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said in a statement. “It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall.”
Did that hurt so much?
The full column is here, and the comments are open.