Condoleezza Rice one of 1st female members admitted at Augusta National Golf Club
The prestigious Augusta National Golf Club is known for hosting the Masters tournament, and this fall for the first time two women will don those famous green jackets.
Monday, the club announced as members former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, the vice president of Rainwater, a private investment company.
The move comes nearly 10 years after women’s rights groups called on the club to change its rules.
The announcement is also great news to the many female golfers around the country and in the Denver area.
“Golf has just been always a male dominated sport,” said Nancy Collins. “With women now newly getting involved in it, you tend to walk into a lot of men and it’s intimidating.”
Collins is the founder of the women’s golf club, Sassy Golf. It allows women golfers of all levels to get together and enjoy the game.
“It always includes a lesson, nine holes, a golf cart and a drink of your choice,” she said.
Collins is thrilled Augusta is changing its rules.
“I’m sure these two women are exceptional golfers and for them to have this opportunity I think is amazing,” she said.
Other female golfers agree.
“It is a boy’s club in a lot of ways, so we were happy to hear about Augusta opening up to a couple of women,” said golfer Debbie Beasley.
“I would like to play at some of these fabulous courses and I would like other women too also, so I’m thrilled,” said Karen Gaass.
Rice and Moore will be presented with their green jackets when the club opens this fall. Augusta previously changed its membership rules back in 1990 when it admitted its first African American golfer.