Female Members at Augusta National and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club
That grouping counts 10 members in total. And it was just three before today.
Back in September, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (founded 261 years ago in 1754), voted at last to admit female members.
And today, the first seven honored ladies were announced. Six are some of the best golfers, male or female, to ever hit the courses, including modern phenom and arguably the best woman golfer of all (especially given the level of the modern competition), Annika Sorenstam.
The seventh invitee is an honorary membership bestowed on Princess Anne, The Princess Royal. There are similar royal honoraries on the men’s side regardless of golf play.
Augusta National Golf Club, opened in 1933 and home of the legendary Masters tournament since 1934, broke its gender barrier in 2012, with the admission of Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore. Talented and brilliant ladies, but not exactly pro-golf material.
Perhaps we’ll see some LPGA players in the near future.
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|1.||Condoleezza Rice||Former U.S. Secretary of State||USA||1954|
|2.||Darla Moore||Partner: Rainwater, Inc. (Private Investing)||USA||1954|
|3.||Ginni Rometty||Chairwoman, President, CEO: IBM||USA||1957|
THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB
|1.||Annika Sorenstam||LPGA Tour: 72 wins, 10 majors; One of greatest female golfers of all time||Sweden||1970|
|2.||Dame Laura Davies||LPGA Tour: 20 wins, 4 majors; Greatest modern English female golfer||UK (England)||1963|
|3.||Belle Robertson||Top female amateur in world: 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s||UK (Scotland)||1936|
|4.||Renee Powell||2nd female African-American on LPGA Tour; Current head pro at Clearview Golf Club; Taught golf in Africa and Europe||USA||1946|
|5.||Louise Suggs||Co-founder of the LPGA Tour; 61 LPGA Tour wins, 11 majors||USA||1923|
|6.||Lally Segard||Top female amateur in world: late 1930’s, 40’s, early 50’s; 15 titles; 1st president of the now-International Golf Federation||France||1921|
|7.||Anne, Princess Royal||Honorary member||UK (England)||1950|
Posted on February 10, 2015, in PGA Golf and tagged annika sorenstam, Augusta, club, condoleezza rice, female, golf, laura davies, List, lpga, Masters, members, pga, princess anne, renee powell, royal and ancient, st andrews, women. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.