Augusta National Admits Two Female Members

From the Associated Press:

The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.

Both women accepted.

“This is a joyous occasion,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said Monday.

Good.  Glad to not have to discuss this any more.  I respect tradition, but Augusta is about much more than that.  Hopefully, with Dr. Rice as a member, she may be able to swing by Georgia Regents University and ask why Augusta’s name isn’t in the title.


  1. drjay says:

    i must say hooray, and boo all at the same time…i understand why this has become public. but in keeping with augusta tradition of not discussing membership, i would have much preferred that they’d have said nothing and folks would have just seen them on the course in their green jackets next spring. or it would have come up over the course of time–like there would have been a condi rice sighting in augusta this fall, and she’d have said to whomever that she was in town to play some golf or somethinf like that…

  2. Jackster says:

    Pretty sure the CEO of IBM – The masters’ #1 sponsor feels double snubbed.

    Being that the CEO is automatically a member and that she’s a woman.

    • drjay says:

      she may still get in–it appears that rice and moore had been under consideration for a couple of years before membership was offered–they don’t exactly do things at a sprinters pace behind the bamboo…

    • Calypso says:

      It’s in his title–they’re females.

      j/k J/K Really, I’m just kidding. salty set me up, I swear. Some of my best friends are females. I’m even married to one.

  3. seekingtounderstand says:

    This is why President Obama practices so much golf, wants to hang out with these two ladies.

  4. It reminds me of a golf pro I knew in Texas. He had a woman come into the club house hopping mad one day complaining that she had just gotten “stung by a bee between the 1st and 2nd holes.” Figuring out real quick what her problem was, Bubba said “mam, I think your stance may be too wide.”

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