Augusta National Finally Allows Female Members: Historic Or Humiliating?
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore will become the first female members to break through the old-boy barrier. Just so we're clear, it's currently 2012.
"This is a joyous occasion," Augusta National chairman Billy Payne says in a statement released yesterday. "We are fortunate to consider many qualified candidates for membership at Augusta National.... It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club's history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family."
While Payne may find the club's decision to end its "male only" policy "joyous" and "proud," we find it to be more insulting and humiliating.
Again, it's 2012. Women have been allowed to vote in this country for nearly 100 years, and have all the same rights as men under the constitution -- this isn't Saudi Arabia. It seriously took some hillbilly golf club more than 80 years to get with the program?
If we were Rice and Moore, we'd take our green jackets, pop a squat directly over them, and tell the boys at Augusta "thanks, but no thanks."
That's our opinion, of course -- but we want to know what you think: is the club's allowing women members historic or humiliating?
Cast your vote below.