Yet More News From Scotland: St. Andrews To Admit Women Members For First Time In 260-Year History
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which is technically neither royal nor ancient, has ended its 260-year ban on female members. Next up: golf carts!
The club's worldwide membership voted resoundingly to allow females to join, a result that was announced on the same day that everyone's attention would be on the voting for the Scottish independence referendum. Hmmm, I'm sure that's just a coincidence. Right, you guys?
Members also gave the green light to a proposal to fast-track its first batch of women members.
“I am very pleased indeed to announce that the membership of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has voted overwhelmingly in favour of welcoming women members,” secretary Peter Dawson.
“More than three quarters of the club’s global membership took part in the ballot, with a decisive 85% voting for women to become members.
“This vote has immediate effect and I can confirm that The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is now a mixed membership club.
Rumored top be among the first women to join is Anika Sorenstam.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has about 2,400 members and dates to 1754. No women have been allowed to join in all that time, but the writing was on the wall when Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia announced in 2012 that it was ending its male-only policy.
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