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Two New Females for Augusta National

Two New Females for Augusta National

Augusta National welcomes its two new female members for the first time. This is first in the club’s long history since it was established in 1933. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore join the club and are expected to sport green jackets for the next Masters.

The club’s chairman Billy Payne said in a press release, “This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club.”

The decision came out after pressures and criticisms from different groups flooded the club. An incident also occurred where Martha Burke from the National Council of Women’s Organizations openly expressed condemnation to former Augusta chairman Hootie Johnson and his decision to keep the club exclusive for male members. The club didn’t waver and stood by their decision to keep its membership as it was.

The issue was again revived at the State of the Masters press conference where several of the press people asked the chairman to verify the rumor that IBM CEO Virginia Rometty will be accepted as a member. Augusta didn’t necessarily gave in to what non-members have to say but we can somehow feel that the pressures wore the club down thus coming up with a decision to end the 10-year long debate with not just one but two new female members.

Both Rice and Moore are passionate golfers and fit the club perfectly. Just as what Payne noted in his speech, welcoming the two is indeed a joyous occasion for Augusta National.

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