Women being able to play golf on the same golf course as men really should not be news. But this is Augusta National. And as we’ve seen before, Augusta National has their own way of doing business and it’s usually not the way most would do it.
But today, Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne made a decision that is a no-brainer to most when he announced that the club had admitted their first two female members: Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore.
“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club,” Payne said in a statement. “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 Condoleezza and Darla was no different.
“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.
“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.”
Congratulations, Augusta National. We’re so glad you’ve joined us in the 21st century.