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Women Finally Gaining Ground In Golf

Frankly, and it’s really uncomfortable to admit, it’s not always good to be a woman in golf. Women aren’t always welcomed everywhere in our game and even when men try to do the right thing where women are concerned, the best intentions don’t always equal the best actions.
Take for instance, the USGA’s idea to play the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks at the same venue. The offer to give the best women players the opportunity to play where the best men play was well meaning but if there’s no winner on Sunday night, the two Opens at Pinehurst No. 2 could go from roses on Valentine’s Day to what-on-earth-were-you-thinking. And how many times have you heard that question from your significant other?
But you can’t lose them all and the events of recent days bring news that women at the highest level of golf are being seen in a different light, which is long overdue.
At St. Andrews, the members of the Royal & Ancient will vote this fall whether to break a 260-year tradition and, for the first time, offer memberships to women. No doubt, attention was paid when Augusta National broke down its final barrier and admitted women members last year, and the R&A hierarchy is recommending to its members to vote in favor of women joining the club.


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