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SBD/August 20, 2012/Sports in Society
Augusta National Admits Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore As First Two Female Members
Published August 20, 2012
LONG TIME COMING: USA TODAY's Christine Brennan writes, "It has been a long time coming, but Augusta National Golf Club has done the right thing. ... One of the last bastions of male supremacy is no more. Today, Augusta National has made a crucial statement to every girl and woman who has thought about picking up a golf club. The message is simple: You are welcome" (USATODAY.com, 8/20). ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski said of the move, "I do think it has real significance. I do think you’re going to see lots of reaction today from lots of people applauding this .... much belated move.” Wojciechowski: “It’s an important day for golf and for -- in a weird way -- women’s rights.” They “aimed high and they got a name” in Rice and now she can “use this as a platform to sort of try to change the way that people think” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 8/20). Golf Channel's Damon Hack said, "To see them take this step forward will be extremely positive to golf fans in general, but also to women.” Hack: “We talk about growing the game of golf, and the practical bounce of this move is that I think women will be more attracted to Augusta National and The Masters and therefore, more attracted to golf" (Golf Channel, 8/20).