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AP Golf Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

The home of the Masters has 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.

Both women have accepted. The invitations end a 10-year controversy that began when former club chairman Hootie Johnson said the club would not be pressured “at the point of a bayonet” to change its all-male membership.

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne described Monday’s announcement as a “joyous occasion” as he took the rare step of confirming its latest two members. He says it is a “significant and positive time” at the club. Augusta typically does not discuss membership.

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  • Guest12345

    What a shame. Years of tradition down the drain

  • taxpayer

    Given that the membership list of Augusta National is secret and has never been made public, how would you know the political affiliation of the members? It’s been the Democrats, in large part, in the South that have been the ones denying civil rights to blacks. One needs to look no further than the KKK.


  • MrT

    If the membership is secret then please explain how it is that they announced their two new members? Couldn’t they just have said Augusta National now has female members? I strongly suggest this announcement is as much political as moral. Anyone on the planet who doesn’t think people like Carl Rove, Dick Channey or the Koop Brothers can’t get to Hootie would be mistaken. I guess Hilary Clinton or Golf great hall of famer Nancy Lopez wouldn’t be up to Augusta standards?

  • MrT

    Will do anything to con women and blacks into a softer relationship.
    Look at this timing, it comes when the republicans are at their lowest point with women and minorities. Rep. Akin slipped and said exactly what white republican men think about women this past weekend. Appointing two ladies to Augusta National at this time is as cheap as it gets. Republicans have been playing their second class attitude toward women and minorities for too long now, they realize it’s hurting them, so now they become the wolf in sheep’s clothing!
    Don’t be fooled!!!

  • ChefnSurf

    So now, in addition to all of the other other-worldly prognostications you seem to make on a regular basis, you’re now claiming that the Augusta National Golf Club is an adjunct of the GOP?

    I agree that appointing just two women is a sham but it certainly has nothing to do with the Republican Party per se. That is patently ridiculous.

    I also find it ironic that you would post a piece advocating that anyone not be fooled, regardless of who they are. You certainly seem more than comfortable attempting to fool Wilmington taxpayers out of their hard earned dollars so that a select few insiders can profit from the construction of a stadium. That doesn’t seem to be a problem at all.

    Perhaps it all comes down to what might potentially benefit you personally.

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