In it’s eighty-year history Augusta National Golf Club has never had a female member; until now.
The issue of the club having exclusively all-male members was brought to surface once again when IBM, one of the Master’s sponsors; promoted Virginia “Ginni” Rometty as their first female CEO, and Augusta National had traditionally offered memberships to the CEO of IBM.
The first female members of Augusta include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Moore.
“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club,” Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne said in a statement. “We are fortunate to consider many qualified candidates for membership at Augusta National. Consideration with regard to any candidate is deliberate, held in strict confidence and always takes place over an extended period of time. The process for Condoleezza and Darla was no different.”
“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership. 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.”