Ahhhh…what a beautiful at Augusta National.
Yesterday marked a historical day at what is already considered one of the most famous golf courses in North America, Augusta National. After being founded in 1932 as a man’s only course, yesterday admitted its first female members, Augusta National invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore.
“This is a joyous occasion,” chairman Billy Payne said Monday.
Payne, who took over as chairman in 2006, said consideration for new members is deliberate and private, and that Rice and Moore were not treated differently from other new members. Even so, he took the rare step of announcing two of the latest members to join because of the historical significance.
“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” Payne said in a statement. “It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. 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.”
Tiger Woods, who knows Rice through a mutual connection to Stanford, applauded the move.
“I think the decision by the Augusta National membership is important to golf,” Woods said. “The Club continues to demonstrate its commitment to impacting the game in positive ways. I would like to congratulate both new members, especially my friend Condi Rice.”
Now I’m interested to see what’s going to happen to at next year’s Master’s when IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty attends. Does she feel as though this is a slap in the face? Are they going to admit her as a member next year? Will she get to wear a green jacket instead of the pink one she wore this year?
Don’t get me wrong, the admission of Rice and Moore is exciting, but are we going to have to wait another 80 years for the next female member.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,