November 2, 2002
You will undoubtedly hear voices of protest from many men whose hackles were raised after reading of Martha Burk's plan to protest next spring's Masters at Augusta. I too believe that Augusta has the right to admit members of its own choosing. It is a private club. I personally believe that the Masters is a grand old tradition played on sacred ground. However, this is a free country and part of that freedom includes the right to free expression -- Ms. Burk's included. However, as a woman, I would suggest that our protesting efforts should concentrate on much more critical matters such as those related to the health and safety of all Americans.
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 10, 2003
Thank you, Martha Burk. Speaking for the golf-watching public, we didn't think we could enjoy the Masters any more than we did last year -- the first year that all 18 holes were televised. But then you came along, Martha, and thanks to you we'll get to watch the Masters without any commercial interruption.
April 12, 2003
Bill Plaschke insists that Tiger Woods use his influence to get women admitted to membership in Augusta National. Tiger did not achieve his position in the golf world by affirmative action but by ability and accomplishments. He should not be required to campaign for change in a club of which he is not a member and has no vote. I suppose if women are finally admitted, next will be a campaign for sportswriters. There have to be some standards. Gary A. Robb Los Feliz Bill Plaschke needs to get a life and the L.A. Times senior editors need to have their heads examined to continue putting his column on the front page of the sports section.
May 24, 2003 |
If you have lost track of Martha Burk, the chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations was back at it again Friday, aiming another barb at Augusta National Golf Club. Burk, who is leading a campaign to force the club that is host of the Masters to admit a female member, issued a statement congratulating Annika Sorenstam while criticizing Colonial sponsor Bank of America.
January 11, 2003
Thomas Bonk closed his Jan. 9 article on the PGA Tour by noting, "It won't go away, mainly because the two people at opposite ends of the issue won't let it. Martha Burk ... has called for protests ... and Hootie Johnson ... isn't budging on inviting a woman to be a member." On the same day in a second golf-related article, Bonk devotes, by my count, six out of 16 paragraphs to comments relating to the very same "issue." It is painfully apparent that, in reality, this issue continues to persist ad nauseam, not because of Ms. Burk and Mr. Johnson, but because there are so many champions of misguided political correctness within the media, such as Mr. Bonk.