Home of Golf’s Masters Admits First Female Members

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The prestigious U.S. golf club that is the home of the Masters Tournament has admitted the first female members in its 80-year history.

Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday that it has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina business executive Darla Moore to join when the club opens for a new season this October.

Both women have accepted their invitations. They will now be able to wear the famous green jackets made only for members of the ultra-exclusive golf club.

Augusta National was at the center of a controversy in 2002, when women's rights activist Martha Burk urged the club to include women. Former club chairman Hootie Johnson did not admit women that year, saying women might one day be invited to join the club, “but not at the point of a bayonet.”