“This is a joyous occasion. It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall.” – Billy Payne, Augusta National chairman
CREDIT DUE TO Martha Burke, who began the campaign to open Augusta National to female members. When asked on ESPN radio if she felt like she “won” she said, “absolutely, absolutely, not me personally…” because this is a long denied victory for all women.
Since it has to be done this way, because we are talking about the Augusta National bubble, Condoleezza Rice is a terrific choice, as is Darla Moore, aka “The Toughest Babe in Business,” according to Fortune magazine. These women are the first in the 80-year history of Augusta National to receive invitations to become members.
“I’ve harassed guys all my life,” Moore told Fortune. [Wall Street Journal]
All righty then.
Having played and enjoyed the game very much, I’ve been waiting for this to happen, along with other female golf enthusiasts and many sportscasters, for a long time. Every Masters tournament the spectacle of an all-male club made watching it tougher, especially this year when Augusta National snubbed the CEO of IBM, who is now a woman, Ginni Rometty, by not offering her the standard respect and perk of a green jacket and privileges to enjoy the club during the tournament. All male sponsors have received the green jacket, so avid watchers thought this might be the moment Billy Payne, Augusta’s chairman, would choose.
At the time, Burk said IBM should withdraw its sponsorship.