Augusta Ends all-male Policy
In a defining moment for women and the sport of golf, Augusta, home of the Master’s tournament, will allow women to grace the field of play.
The decision came Monday to end the 80-year stance of admitting only males and invitations have been extended to former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore.
Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta, in Georgia welcomed the two women and enthusiastically lauded praise upon them as enthusiasts of the sport. The two will be presented with green jackets of their own upon arrival to the institution known the world over for its long standing traditions and deep commitment to the sport of golf.
Another notable female who is being offered membership includes Virginia Rometty, chief executive of IBM. Several other high ranking officers in the company have been extended memberships in the past.
When asked how he came to the decision on these invitations Payne explained, “Consideration with regard to any candidate is deliberate, held in strict confidence and always takes place over an extended period of time. The process for Condoleezza and Darla was no different.”
Both Tiger Woods and Mitt Romney have been heard welcoming the two into their once exclusive club. Woods made a public statement congratulating the two women, especially his friend Mrs. Rice.
Romney tweeted his approval, while President Obama also offered his congratulations to Rice and Moore along with White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Former Augusta Chairman Hootie Johnson had once said women would be kept from Augusta, by bayonet if necessary, and continually stated that as a private club, Augusta had the right to restrict membership. However today Johnson agrees this is a positive day for Augusta and couldn’t be more pleased.