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Augusta National Ruling Will Make R&A Golf Club Feel Heat Over No-Women Policy
Published August 23, 2012
NO KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: In Dundee, Steve Scott wrote that R&A CEO Peter Dawson is on holiday but has persistently stated the club is ''not going to involve itself in social engineering'' by insisting host clubs for the oldest major are inclusive (THE COURIER, 8/22). In Edinburgh, Nick Rodger wrote, "The times they are a changing," adding that Monday's announcement by Augusta National was a "hugely significant moment that speaks to the golfing world on a larger level." Whether this trend "sweeps across the Atlantic and the wind of change swirls around the dusty golfing corridors" of the U.K. remains to be seen. A brief statement on the matter from R&A Golf Club suggested that "nothing would be happening overnight." The R&A doesn't "do knee-jerk reactions, after all" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 8/22).