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News Desk: Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, ‘Toughest Babe in Business,’ Crack Augusta National

“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.

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5 Responses to News Desk: Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, ‘Toughest Babe in Business,’ Crack Augusta National

  1. newdealdem1 August 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    I remember what Rosie O’Donnell said a long while ago before she came out publically. She made this very humorous comment about golf which went something like this:

    “Golf is men in ugly pants walking” :lol:

    Although I’m not a golf fan, I do appreciate the huge significance of this decision..

    This is a big deal that the Augusta National admitted women. It’s long overdue and although it took much too long to rectify this prejudice, I want to thank all the women who fought this cement-wall of male privilege and birth-right, but especially Martha Burke, who tirelessly fought to get Augusta National to admit women and a sports reporter who has been writing about this injustice since 1999: Christine Brennan

    I, too, would lke to see more than Rice and Moore admitted as members, but this is a good start.

    “I’ve harassed guys all my life,” Moore told Fortune. [Wall Street Journal]

    Taylor’s response:

    All righty then.


    But, she truly is one righteous business “babe”. Although Darla Moore married Wall Street investor/rainmaker Richard Rainwater, she tripled his wealth. These next two things she accomplished makes her one of my hero’s. She axed Boone Pickens and she fired Rick Scott (Gov of Florida and one of the only GOV’s now sitting who was implicated in one of the biggest Medicare fraud cases in US history from Columbia/HCA in the wake of the Medicare scandal. “When Tea Party fave Nikki Haley became governor, she dismissed Darla from the University’s board of trustees despite her extraordinary contributions to the school.”

    • Taylor Marsh August 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

      Yeah, it was just too priceless.

      Darla Moore is one lady I’d like to get drunk with and listening to her biz war stories. I’ve read some about her when she married Rainwater. She’s something else.

      I’ve followed this story for 2 decades waiting for Augusta National to get some class.

      That Condoleezza Rice was invited just says so many things on so many levels. An African American AND a woman?! It’s really terrific.

      It also took too damn long, for which no one at Augusta should be proud. Let’s see how long it takes for 2 to become 12.

  2. Jane Austen August 21, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    I guess better late than never is ok. That it took so long pisses the hell out of me. I love watching golf but gave up watching some years ago when I thought I was never going to see a woman at Augusta in my life time. Bravo, to Darla Moore. The lady has chutzpah. And Condoleeza Rice was a great choice. I now want to see 2 become 12, 24, etc. This kind of takes my mind off of what is going on in MO.

  3. tm123 August 21, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Is Groucho Marx the smartest man in the room? “I would never join a club that would have me as a member.” Why would you want anything to do with people who hate you? Rice and Moore should now politely decline the membership invitations until Augusta demonstrates proper remorse for the past by, say, I don’t know, purge the current membership and set up a girl’s golf camp and scholarship fund? Just spitballing. Screw’em.

    • Taylor Marsh August 21, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      You know, the other side of it is that women are once again accepting a pittance and saying thank you, so your point is well taken.

      Read this!

.... a writer is someone who takes the universal whore of language
and turns her into a virgin again.  ~ erica jong