- Adam Gase was 49ers’ choice for head coach before final interview, per report
- Byron Scott dismisses talk of Kobe Bryant retirement
- NFL investigating New England Patriots for deflated footballs
- Marshawn Lynch may face discipline for media silence, lewd gesture
- Jack Del Rio says he’s been a ‘Raider his whole life’
- 3 things we learned from Clippers’ 126-121 loss to Cavaliers
- Jim Tomsula is an awkward interview, should 49ers fans be worried?
- Jordan Farmar calls being waived by Clippers ‘mutual’
- Padres to host 2016 MLB All-Star game at Petco Park
- Clippers get Austin Rivers in 3-team trade involving Reggie Bullock
Does Augusta National Admit Women? For the Love of Golf, Yes
- Updated: August 20, 2012
After years of living in the Dark Ages of sports, Augusta National Golf Club made the right decision by admitting two female members into its membership as was announced on Monday.
The move is as progressive as the club’s chairman, Billy Payne, who will now go down in history as one of the game’s most influential people. In a day and age where equality is a way of life in the United States and tolerance is a hard-and-fast rule in the scope of the socio-economic climate, it was a matter of when, not if, the home of The Masters Tournament would finally come around.
In typical Augusta-like fashion, the move was not highly publicized or anticipated. The membership is known for remaining quiet about its dealings with potential members and its selection process.
But the club couldn’t avoid the mixed yet strong reactions resounding from the court of public opinion. Wide-ranging sentiments from, the “atta-boys” to the “how-could-yous” are flooding cyberspace and stirring up all kinds of emotion.
When it comes to golf, the move is critical. Rounds in the United States are down and the golf industry is looking for players. When one of the most storied clubs in the United States is known for purposefully disallowing women onto its grounds, it’s going to have an effect on how women feel about the game. Golf needs women to play and get excited about the game. In a sport that many women already find overwhelming as is, the added barrier of having the world’s most famous golf tournament exclude much of its audience based on gender, it’s no wonder the industry has faced such an uphill battle.
The backwards thinking of the spirit of the rule is a contributing factor in the golf downturn nationwide. There are many who argue that the club has been robbed of its rights and freedoms. What those same folks fail to realize, however, is that they had the freedom to choose whether or not to make that historic leap in the first place.
And what terrific pioneers for the club — Condolleeza Rice and Darla Moore — distinguished, classy women who will do nothing but good things for the club, both from a public perception standpoint as well as internally.
I just can’t wait to see them in those green jackets come October. And what a glorious, welcome sight it will be.
Michael C. Jones is the Editor of Sports Out West. For more insight, follow him on Twitter @MikeJonesTweets
Latest posts by Michael C. Jones (see all)
- Adam Gase was 49ers’ choice for head coach before final interview, per report - January 20, 2015
- NFL investigating New England Patriots for deflated footballs - January 19, 2015
- Jim Tomsula is an awkward interview, should 49ers fans be worried? - January 16, 2015