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Diatribe: “Headlines from the 1960s for $500, Alex.” – Women Invited To Augusta Is, Sadly, Big News.

08/21/2012

I don’t golf.  More accurately, despite countless attempts, I can’t golf.  For me, the game is entirely too frustrating and offers very little reward.  One of my grandfathers was an enthusiast and many family members enjoy the sport quite often.  They have all the equipment and clothing that is required including special gloves and hats and towels (and coolers) and they participate in tournaments and weekend getaways with clubs in tow.  They can watch the Golf Channel and get excited as I nod off beside them on the sofa.  They never miss Masters Tournament.

Yesterday, it was announced that for the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.  Under increasing criticism in the last ten-plus years because of its all-male membership roster, the club 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.

I’m appalled that, in this day and age, an announcement like this makes headlines.  Or happens at all!

I understand that private clubs are often steeped in tradition, and that those traditions can be difficult to change and amend, but it’s about time that women get to wear the club’s green jacket.  Over the years, there have been protests surrounding the men-only policy and negative publicity to, one can assume, club leadership simply needed to figure out how to invite women without looking like they were being forced to yield to outside pressure.

Progress is progress no matter how slowly it progresses.  But seeing this news item across national headlines says more about the state of equality than most are willing to admit.  Women have made it to the top ranks of the nation’s board rooms and now (finally) they’re being admitted to Augusta.

I hope these women have many good times at the club.  It’s my wish that they bring their lady friends as guests time and time again.  And, hopefully, their scores will be on par with the men.

As for me on the “links” … no thank you.  I’ll be saving a table near the clubhouse bar.

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10 Comments
  1. I agree D&O. Just letting in Women in 2012! How progressive of them. And golf must be the most boring way to waste large hunks of time on the planet.

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  2. I agree, though here in the South tradition is everything.
    Which makes the South look more backwards than ever!

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  3. Anonymous permalink

    Last night Leno said “Now you don’t have to have a member, to be a member”..
    “.

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  4. Great post. It reminds me of the old naval saying, some changes are like turning a battleship in a harbor. It is nigh in possible and is only accomplished very slowly. This change is long overdue, but welcomed nonetheless. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following it. I live in that long state east of Tennessee and while an Independent voter can relate to your comment about some of our conservative neighbors. Well done.

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  5. I don’t golf either. I’ll let you in on a secret. If a woman has a decent set of fun pillows, she can’t swing properly. I can’t anyway. I do have a family member that is huge in, on magazine covers even, as a female golfer.

    So when I was a boardroom business woman, I took people to great bars. I smiled and danced and went great places. If they wanted to golf they didn’t get my attention. No one ever wanted to golf when I said that. 😀

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  6. It disgusts me that it took them until 2012 to admit women. I hope all female golfers go to Augusta and kick some ass.

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