Another barrier has come tumbling down. It took them 80 years but that venerable old golf club, Augusta National, has finally decided to allow female members. Former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore have been accepted as members. Augusta is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and is the home of golf's most prestigious tournament, the Masters. It has been strictly a "Men Only" club since it's inception in 1932 but has come under fire in recent years for discriminating against women.
Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National, has this to say. "We are fortunate to consider many qualified candidates for membership at Augusta National. Consideration with regard to any candidate is deliberate, held in strict confidence and always takes place over an extended period of time. The process for Condoleeza and Darla was no different. "This is a joyous occasion. These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership. It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. The club, located in Augusta, Georgia is closed for the summer and reopens in October.
Payne went on to say that "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,"