August 21, 2012 |
My applause for the admission of the first two women to Augusta National Golf Club is tempered by a question. They're really going to wear the green jackets like Billy Payne promised? Are we sure they're not going to be asked to instead wear green skirts? I hate to be cynical about Monday's landmark decision by the folks who run the Masters golf tournament, but it only makes sense that the opening of a door that has been closed for 80 years would be accompanied by lots of creaks.
April 8, 2003 |
A federal judge upheld a law that allows the sheriff to regulate protests like the one planned by Martha Burk at Augusta National Golf Club. Monday's ruling was only a partial victory for city officials, however. U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. hasn't decided if Sheriff Ronald Strength violated his discretion by denying Burk the right to protest at the front gates of the exclusive club, where the Masters begins Thursday.
December 18, 2002 |
In its latest attempt to increase pressure on Augusta National Golf Club, the National Council of Women's Organizations unveiled a Web site Tuesday that will list the corporate chief executives who are members. "This will draw the public's attention, in a stark way, to the disparity in these guys' policies," Martha Burk, president of the women's group, said of the site, www.augustadiscriminates.org.
September 12, 1990
Ron Townsend, president of Gannett Television Group, has become the first black applicant accepted for membership in the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, the golf club confirmed Tuesday. An announcement from Gannett said Townsend has direct responsibility for six of the company's television stations. Townsend, 48, was director of field services for the Children's Television Workshop and was involved in the children's programs, "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company."
March 16, 2010 |
Tiger Woods released a statement Tuesday announcing that he will return to golf at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club., which begins April 8. We can now start counting the days (23) until he returns to competition at Augusta National , which will take place after a four-month hiatus that started when he became embroiled in a scandal over extramarital affairs. [Updated at 9 a.m.: "The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in the statement.
November 12, 2002 |
Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said she was surprised only by the timing of Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson's message that the club would not alter its membership policy to admit a female member.
September 9, 2013 |
Nearly eight decades have passed since Horton Smith won the 1934 Masters, so he isn't exactly a household name among golf fans. But for aficionados who collect memorabilia from the sport, Smith is a Holy Grail-type figure because he received the first green jacket ever awarded by Augusta National Golf Club. The hallowed garment was only recently discovered by a family member -- it had been hanging in a closet all this time -- and was promptly put up for sale. According to Green Jacket Auctions, it fetched $682,229.45 from an unidentified bidder over the weekend.
April 1, 2014 |
Augusta National Golf Club could resemble a hospital ward at the start of the Masters next week. With Tiger Woods already announcing Tuesday he's out at Augusta after back surgery, Phil Mickelson and other top players are limping toward the first round on April 10 with persistent injuries. A pulled muscle forced Mickelson to withdraw from the Valero Texas Open last week. Hunter Mahan failed to complete the Arnold Palmer Invitational with hip problems, and Jason Day could not even get to the first tee after a thumb injury flared up during practice.
April 4, 2012 |
If you're thinking about heading to Augusta, Ga., and trying to score a ticket to the 2012 Masters golf tournament this week, be warned: The rules for buying and selling tickets on the street are rigid, apparently not very well advertised -- and strictly enforced by local law enforcement. There's a chance that you and your sporty knit polo and your Titleist visor might end up on the floor of the Richmond County jail. Steve Crawford of the Augusta Chronicle reports 24 people were arrested just outside the Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday.
August 20, 2012 |
A decade after former Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson swore that the home of the Masters golf tournament would not admit women “at the point of a bayonet,” the club has quietly invited two prominent women to join. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore have accepted membership invitations, the club announced Monday - 22 years after admitting its first black members. The move came with little advance notice, and at a time when controversy over the previously all-male club in eastern Georgia had cooled somewhat.