We have to admit, we’ve never been the world’s biggest golf fan. In our opinion, Mark Twain was pretty close in his comment about the game, but we understand enough to recognise the political undertones which have dominated certain sections of the game. Ever since Mrs Gordon Robertson became the sport’s first female professional in 1908, almost fifty years after the death of the first male professional, women in the sport have had something of a challenge to catch up with their male colleagues.
Yesterday, fine news in the sporting gender balance as Augusta National Golf Club finally accepted female members to the club for the first time in its 80 year history, in time for the commencement of the 2012 – 2013 season in October. Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore will finally see female green jersey representation having accepted invitations from the Augusta National Chairman, Billy Payne.
Augusta National Golf Club has been at the centre of numerous membership and discrimination-based policies, including first allowing black members in 1990 and previously insisting all caddies were black.
With these boundaries – and, finally, the female membership block – now broken down, the modernisation of another sport continues apace. Not before time.
Image from http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/golf/19323577 (thanks!)