By Mark Lamport-Stokes. Reuters - Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters golf tournament, finally ended an all-male policy that had endured for 80 years when it announced on Monday that two women would be admitted as members for the first time. Former U. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore will become the first women to don the renowned green jackets when the Augusta, Georgia, club re-opens for a new season in October.
Obama had increased the pressure on Augusta National when he said in April that the club should admit women as members. Rice, recently appointed to the U. Rice, 57, was national security adviser under former President George W. Bush before becoming the first black female secretary of state in his second term. Inshe became a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director of its global center for business and the economy.
I would like to congratulate both new members, especially my friend Condi Rice. Moore, 58, received an MBA from George Washington University and by the early s had become the highest-paid woman in banking. She is a partner of the private investment firm Rainwater, Inc. Tim Finchem, commissioner of the U. The widespread calls for female members took on added ificance after Ginni Rometty became chief executive officer of IBM Corp in January. The club does not reveal its full list of members, believed to be aroundalthough it is known that some of the most powerful men from industry and finance, including Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, are members.
It was not until that Augusta National invited its first black member, businessman Ron Townsend, following accusations of racial discrimination at the whites-only Shoal Creek club in Alabama that was selected to host the PGA Championship, another of the four major tournaments. IBM ed other sponsors in putting pressure on Shoal Creek by pulling its television advertisements. Golf Updated.
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice attends the closing ceremonies of the Presidents Cup golf tournament in San Francisco, California in this file photo taken October 11,