While it seems like it has taken forever for Augusta to become a coed club, they are the ones that write the rules of entry as they are a completely invitation-only private club. We can only guess as to why the club chose today to go forward, but here are three reasons why Augusta National—rightly or wrongly—waited until now to end its year-old policy of male-only membership.
Country club membership is a tricky thing. That year, Augusta National accepted their first male African-American members. When Martha Burk decided to protest the gender discrimination at the Masters, the club was put immediately on the defensive and drew a line in the sand saying they would include females for membership when they chose and not because they were dictated to.
They knew the law sided on their favor, and as much as Burk and others were going to push in public, they had no legal ground to stand on which to stand. Once publicly backed into a corner, Augusta National had to decide when and whom to invite, as they knew that allowing women would make headlines.
Rometty, was not given the automatic membership that her predecessors had. It was now obvious that there were some internal pressures to change the policy, and they had to find the right people to be first.
With Rice and Moore, they found those people. Their professional s are impeccable, and they presumably will not make a big public deal about being the first women to become full members. Augusta could have taken the easier route and chosen a big golf name such as Annika Sorenstam or Nancy Lopez to be the first.
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Their professional careers are legendary and in all likelihood would have accepted the invite. Instead, they chose two women who have had a professional career equal to their male members in stature and magnitude.
With apologies to Sergio Garcia, who won the rain-delayed Wyndham Championship this morning, the announcement by Augusta National could not have come at a better time and was well disguised. If they had chosen to do this in late March, the discussion about membership equality would have overshadowed the tournament.
Condoleezza rice and darla moore, who became members in , have been ed by at least 4 other females at home of masters
If they did it right after, it would have taken away from the winner and his publicity. By waiting until the dog days of August, Augusta National knows that whatever the fallout here will be long gone by the time the azaleas come into bloom next spring and the Masters rolls around. By going with a Monday release, it also does not overshadow the PGA Tour itself and the start of the playoffs.
Chairman Billy Payne knew this was going to be big news which is why they actually had a press release to go public with their decision. Trying to find the right time to do that is tough, as they do not want to hurt the Tour by taking all the headlines away from the Tour. Augusta National has always and will always march to the beat of their own drum and we always listen to it march by. Enjoy our content? our newsletter to get the latest in sports news delivered straight to your inbox!
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