Augusta National Admits First Female Members Condoleezza Rice & Darla Moore

Fred Altvater@@tolohgolfrContributor IIAugust 20, 2012

Condoleezza Rice with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem at Augusta National
Condoleezza Rice with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem at Augusta NationalDavid Cannon/Getty Images

Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, has been a men-only private club since its inception in 1932.  Just because it has decided to add two female members, don’t expect the famous Green Jacket to suddenly turn Pink.

Founding members Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts envisioned a club steeped in southern hospitality and charm.  A club based on the morals and culture of the male-dominated society of the 1930’s. 

Times have changed.  Women have taken over leadership roles in business and government and demand a seat in tightly held men-only clubs and organizations across the country.   

Women's activist, Martha Burk from the National Council of Women’s Organizations, demonstrated and campaigned for several years about the lack of women members in Augusta National. 

The membership at Augusta National held firm to their right to allow only members of their own choosing and would not bow to public sentiment or outside pressure.

The time has finally come for Augusta National to extend membership to two very deserving ladies.

Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne announced today that former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and South Carolina Financier, Darla Moore, were invited to join the club and both have accepted.

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Before entering government service Ms. Rice was a professor of Political Science and a Provost at Stanford University.  She has served on the National Security Council, and was the National Security Advisor for George W. Bush before becoming the Secretary of State. 

She is an avid golf fan and since leaving public service has returned to the faculty at Stanford.

Darla Moore is a graduate of South Carolina University and has endowed the Moore School of Business at South Carolina. 

She received her MBA from George Washington and made a name for herself taking bankrupt companies and making them profitable while at Chemical Bank in the 1980’s.

She was named president of Rainwater Inc. in 1993 and has been credited with vastly increasing that company’s assets.

Fortune Magazine named Ms. Moore one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 1998.

Augusta National admitted two women to its membership.  What will we see next, flying pigs or ice water in Hell?

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