Augusta National Golf Club denies women membership

  1. CBS is broadcasting the Master's in two weeks at the Augusta National Golf Club. Now president Martha Burke is calling attention to this issue by stating that American women are fighting for our nation, but still not permitted membership in this club. Those interested in letting CBS know how you feel may click on the following link and then click on FEEDBACK: http://www.cbs.com/info/user_service...sitemap.shtml#

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/27/sp...27BURK.html?th
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   nurs4kids
    As a female golfer, I absolutely AGREE with their right to decide who they want or do not want in their club. We do not have to support their club or their sponsors if we disagree with their stand. I think it's a shame that we have become so pc in even our clubs that we can no longer go to a place and only be with those we choose.

    Instead of whining, why don't the women just start their own club? Inclusion is not always best, imho!
  4. by   kmchugh
    Two things:

    We discussed this earlier, in another thread. This is a private club, with the absolute right to mandate membership rules. Whether NOW likes it or not. As I said in the earlier thread, I have yet to hear of NOW protesting the all women's clubs that exist. Why are men's clubs so problematic?

    Second: We are at war, and this is the most important thing NOW has to concern itself with? No wonder we don't hear much from this out of touch organization anymore.

    Kevin McHugh
  5. by   Ortho_RN
    I second everything Kevin just said
  6. by   Furball
    I'll preface this "devil's advocate" response with the fact that NOW drives me nuts.

    The master's is a MAJOR golf tournament. Hootie makes a chunk of change (from the PUBLIC) each year with it. Women can attend the tournament, watch the the money generating commercials and buy the Master's related products ...but cannot become a member?

    Public and private domains are a bit fuzzy here.

  7. by   Furball
    I heard that Hootie supposedly puts all this money back into the tournament. I have to ask...would the allure of Augusta be what it is to the elite (moolah moolah) if the Masters weren't played there?
  8. by   baseline
    Who Cares? Sheesh. Self - confidence is in order here!
  9. by   nurs4kids
    You know what..

    There are women risking their lives/dying in Iraq, there's a major nursing shortage because we are underpaid/overworked, there are thousands of women living in abuse...

    yes, I think we should all fly to Augusta and march like hell..

    thank you NOW for showing us the importance of priortizing.
  10. by   Furball
    You go girl!
  11. by   Furball
    Who wants to play golf with a bunch of old farts with silver spoons stuck in their pie hole who are stuck in some other long lost era? I sure don't....but I would LOVE to play golf on that beauuuuuutiful course boy.
  12. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by Furball
    I'll preface this "devil's advocate" response with the fact that NOW drives me nuts.

    The master's is a MAJOR golf tournament. Hootie makes a chunk of change (from the PUBLIC) each year with it. Women can attend the tournament, watch the the money generating commercials and buy the Master's related products ...but cannot become a member?

    Public and private domains are a bit fuzzy here.

    Totally agree with this.

    And no, it's not the biggest priority in the world right now, but you could say that any time, even when there wasn't a war. If the tournament is still taking place, then the issue is still relevant, if not earth-shattering.

    But NOW drives me nuts as well. Speaking as a feminist, I think it does far more to hinder its cause than to advance it.
  13. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by Furball
    Who wants to play golf with a bunch of old farts with silver spoons stuck in their pie hole who are stuck in some other long lost era? I sure don't....but I would LOVE to play golf on that beauuuuuutiful course boy.
    You've got a point--the women just need to go off and start a much hipper golf tournament and line up some great sponsors and a sexy ad campaign. Leave the misogynistic fogeys (yeah, and you too, Tiger ) back in the 1950s from whence they came.
  14. by   Furball
    I agree, there are other much more pressing problems now. Hence, the wink at the end of my first post. The war threads are giving me a stomach ache.
    Last edit by Furball on Mar 27, '03

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