R&A to vote on allowing female members
The R&A will vote on allowing female members to its contingent of 2,500 starting in September 2014.
On the heels of Augusta National admitting its first two female members it looks like the R&A is poised to do the same.
"...the R&A has written to its 2,500-strong male membership urging that women be allowed to join them. A ballot over the issue will be held in September; it seems inconceivable that golf's governing body would take this week's step without certainty of a positive vote. This is the first time such a vote has been called."
An R&A spokesperson went on to urge members to vote to accept females as members:
"The club's committees are strongly in favour of the rule change and are asking members to support it."
It will be interesting to see the direction the R&A goes with this. As the article goes on to point out, clubs might unwittingly remove themselves from the British Open rota by not admitting females to join once the R&A does.
The three clubs that currently don't allow female members are Muirfield, St. George's, and Troon and, as James Corrigan points out, if those three clubs don't fall in line with what it looks like will be the R&A's new policy, they might jeopardize their Open status:
"St George's and Troon may be open to change, but there is a widespread belief within the game that Muirfield, owned and run by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, would rather sacrifice the Open than be told what to do as with regards its membership."
I would be stunned if the R&A didn't pass this in September if only because of the fire it would come under. Whether other clubs do it individually remains to be seen.
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