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November 12, 2002 | Thomas Bonk
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 | By David Wharton
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 | By David Wharton
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 | By Richard Fausset
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.
March 30, 2006
THE GEORGIA DOGWOODS ARE dripping with dew. The azaleas are exploding with color. The staff is trimming impeccable greens and fairways and making pimento cheese sandwiches. The Masters is coming. All of which begs the question: Does IBM Corp. really consider it OK to discriminate against women but not against blacks? We called the company, which advertises its ability to help customers answer any inquiry, but a spokesman politely declined to answer.
October 16, 1990 | From Associated Press
The heavy rains and flooding in east Georgia also hit the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters tournament, heavily damaging the legendary "Amen Corner." The green on No. 11, the first of the three holes that compose Amen Corner, was washed away when Rae's Creek overflowed its banks late last week. The water also damaged a bunker on No. 12, damaged the Byron Nelson Bridge and destroyed the members' tee box at No. 13. Workers were removing mud and sand left on the No.
April 5, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian and Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney agrees with President Obama on at least one thing: Women should be admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. In response to a reporter's shouted question about the issue at a campaign appearance Thursday, Romney said: “Well of course. I'm not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify -- my golf game is not that good -- but certainly if I were a member and if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, but of course I'd have women in Augusta. Sure.
August 21, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
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 11, 2003 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Though barred from the front gates of Augusta National Golf Club, Martha Burk will still protest. "In the pits," she said. And no more debating Chairman Hootie Johnson over the issue of admitting women as members to the club that holds the Masters. It's all about the corporations now, Burk said Thursday at the Martin Luther King Center. It's all about pressure now. It's about holding accountable the chief executives of Fortune 500 companies who belong to the male-only Augusta National.
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