For the first time in its 80 years of operation, the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club has invited women to join as members. Green jackets will be presented to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore when the club opens this fall.
Prior to the golf club’s ground-breaking announcement, women were only allowed to play the course if they were invited by a member. Women, however have not been the only group to appeal entry into Augusta National. In 1990 after allegations of racial discrimination, major protests and criticism the club invited its first black member, businessman Ron Townsend.
Fmr. LPGA champion Hollis Stacy grew up attending Masters which inspired her to become a professional golfer. Stacy who was recently inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame discusses the sudden reversal, and what it means for women in golf. “I am very happy but I’m not at the top of the mountain because there’s a lot of work to be done,” Stacy says. “You know women comprise 51% of the population, yet we are represented by 6% in congress. So there’s still a lot of work to do.”