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Old 03-26-2014, 08:19 PM   #1
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R & A voting on Women Members

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Thanks for posting this.
I wonder how long before Catriona Matthew is considered for membership.
Also, it's interesting that the voting date is the same as the vote for independence.
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It's long overdue.

Of course,in saying that,I wouldn't be at all surprised if the members voted to retain the status quo ; especially if they feel there is an element of being bullied and cajoled into voting for change...

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Old 03-26-2014, 09:29 PM   #4
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But anyone can play the courses. What is this membership actually do.
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But anyone can play the courses. What is this membership actually do.
Aren't they the governing rules organization for golf outside the U.S. and Mexico?
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Two different entities here.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is a male-only private club. Their Clubhouse is the large building you see behind the Old Course, and women are restricted from entrance. I think they might have let them into a changing area during the WBO last time, but otherwise...it's "No women, No Dogs." Actually, that was the sign at the clubhouse at Royal St. George. The sign may be gone, but the sentiment remains. But, yes, anyone can play at the courses at St. Andrews. The courses are not owned by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

The other entity is the R & A, which is the governing body for worldwide golf, except in North America, where the USGA serves the same role as governing body. This is a separate organization from the male only golf club at St. Andrews. I believe the R & A has women committee members, just as the USGA does.

I just read that Muirfield (The Honourable Company of Edinburg Golfers) is considering a vote to allow women members as well.

As I said earlier, the pressure on these clubs to comply with Equality Laws is great, considering the sponsorship $$ for the big golf events held at their clubs. Sponsors are going to balk at those with discriminatory policies.

So, like everything else....it's all about the $$ and not about some stuffy upper crust old farts with dandruff on their jacket shoulders suddenly having a change of heart about women's place in their club.

Golf is changing rapidly. Time to go with the flow, old pip.

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Sorry....I said the USGA was the ruling body in North America, and I meant the US and Mexico, not including Canada, which is under the R & A.
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Got it now.
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Originally Posted by LoJo View Post
Two different entities here.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is a male-only private club. Their Clubhouse is the large building you see behind the Old Course, and women are restricted from entrance. I think they might have let them into a changing area during the WBO last time,...

In 2007 they did accommodate players and their caddies in the clubhouse. They were provided with dressing rooms, computer and phone access.
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