September 2, 2012 |
GOLF URBAN LEGEND : Augusta National Golf Club changed their rules to keep an African-American player from possibly qualifying for the Masters in 1962. With the recent news that the Augusta National Golf Club has added a female member to their club, I thought it would be interesting to examine another controversial period in Augusta history, the years before Lee Elder became the first African-American player to compete in the Masters Tournament in 1975. Charlie Sifford was a pioneer among African-Americans in the world of golf.
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.
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.
November 14, 2002 |
Who's right in the continuing saga of whether to admit women to Augusta National Golf Club? In a national public opinion survey commissioned by the club and released to the public Wednesday, the results show wide support for the club's position of not changing its policy and inviting a female member. The 48-question sampling, conducted by the Polling Co. Inc.