AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB HAS ADMITTED the first women in its 80-year history, the club announced today. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, a South Carolina financier, are the trailblazing ladies who will don green jackets when the club reopens in October.
“This is a joyous occasion,” said Augusta National chairman Billy Payne.
Pressure to welcome females at one of America’s most exclusive golf clubs had intensified in recent years. It took a long time, but another club barrier is finally broken.
“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” Payne said in a statement, as reported by the Associated Press.
“It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club's history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family.”
Payne must be relieved. He might even be looking forward to next year’s Masters media conferences.
Two more women and they’ll have a foursome. And after that anything is possible, perhaps even a regular ladies day. Well, let’s not rush things.