R&A will vote on opening membership to women
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews' members will vote in September on whether the club should accept women members, and early indications are that the measure will pass, according to the Associated Press.
The 260-year old club has discussed the matter in several committees, all of which have come out strongly in favor of the idea, and they have encouraged their nearly 2,400 members to support allowing women to join one of the world's oldest courses.
R&A secretary Peter Dawson told the AP that the club was not influenced by Augusta National's recent inclusion of women, n0r were they pressured by corporate sponsors.
"The R&A have been considering this. It's been on our agenda, on our radar, for quite some time," Dawson said. "The feeling is as society changes, as sport changes, as golf changes, it's something the R&A needs to do, and is doing now as being forward-looking as we can."
MADDEN: Tiger Woods: Still 'too soon to tell' whether he'll be ready for Masters The club also emphasized that they did not wish to pressure other men's-only golf clubs to change their rules, and said that they will still allow them to host the Open Championship, which is run by a corporate spinoff of the R&A.