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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 16, 1990 |
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 |
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.
April 11, 2003 |
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.