Rice, Moore are Augusta National’s first 2 female members

Augusta National announced today that Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore were recently admitted as the first two female members in the 80-year history of the club, which has been routinely criticized in recent years for its all-male membership.

Rice [click on link here] is the former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. She currently teaches at Stanford.

Moore is a partner in the private investment firm Rainwater, Inc. The University of South Carolina’s business school is named after her.

The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited South Carolina financier Darla Moore and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. (AP Photos)

The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited South Carolina financier Darla Moore and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. (AP Photos)

“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club,” Chairman Billy Payne said in a press release to the media. As chairman, Payne is the only member of Augusta National who is allowed to talk to the media about anything regarding the club, or the Masters. “We are fortunate to consider many qualified candidates for membership at Augusta National. Consideration with regard to any candidate is deliberate, held in strict confidence and always takes place over an extended period of time. The process for Condoleezza and Darla was no different.

“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership. It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their Green Jackets when the Club opens this fall.

“This is a significant and positive time in our Club’s history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family.”

Augusta  National has come under fire many times, including before the Masters this year, because it didn’t have any female members. In 2002, Martha Burk began criticizing Augusta National. She staged a sparsely-attended protest down the street from the 2003 Masters.

The topic was in the news earlier this year because of the appointment of Virginia Rometty as CEO of IBM. Augusta National has traditionally invited the CEO of IBM, one of the sponsors of the Masters, to be a member. Rometty was not yet a member by the time the Masters started in April, sparking an uncomfortable press conference for Payne. Payne usually deflected the questions by answering that Augusta National’s membership decisions are private. His comments were more subdued than former chairman Hootie Johnson, who said during the Burk years that Augusta National wouldn’t admit female members “at the point of a bayonet.” He eventually pulled all TV sponsorship from the Masters for two years rather than let them be targeted by protest groups.

“I am delighted and honored to be a member of Augusta National Golf Club,” Rice said in a statement released by by the club. “I have visited Augusta National on several occasions and look forward to playing golf, renewing friendships and forming new ones through this special opportunity.”

Moore’s statement was just as effusive: “I am honored to have accepted an invitation to join Augusta National Golf Club. Augusta National has always captured my imagination, and is one of the most magically beautiful places anywhere in the world, as everyone gets to see during the Masters each April. I am fortunate to have many friends who are members at Augusta National, so to be asked to join them as a member represents a very happy and important occasion in my life. Above all, Augusta National and the Masters Tournament have always stood for excellence, and that is what is so important to me. I am extremely grateful for this privilege.”

According to Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press,  Moore was considered for membership in 2002.

Click here for Mark Bradley’s take on the decision.

Keep checking back for updates.

– Doug Roberson, AJC.com

45 comments Add your comment

Wattdogg

August 20th, 2012
10:30 am

SNZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!

Wattdogg

August 20th, 2012
10:31 am

Congratulations Ms.Rice and Ms.Moore see you in April!

Shug

August 20th, 2012
10:44 am

Can we now start protesting my lack of membership!

Shawn

August 20th, 2012
10:51 am

I can’t believe they caved!

Snitzl

August 20th, 2012
10:55 am

Ooooh i bet this really pisses off the left. I can hear them now…. “How dare they let in two conservative women, this is an outrage!!”

Carol

August 20th, 2012
10:57 am

This is some good news. I think they made two great choices.

Rob

August 20th, 2012
10:59 am

does this mean ny son can join the Girl Scouts???? they have the best cookies!!!

Wow. I am so impressed.

August 20th, 2012
11:01 am

Only a group of old white men from the south could give equal rights to women in 2012 and broadcast it proudly.

joe

August 20th, 2012
11:03 am

So I guess now when a man tees off short of the ladies tee, what normally happens won’t happen…sheesh.

Buckeye

August 20th, 2012
11:03 am

Black, female, conservative, republican, 1%er. Love it.

Don’t see Maxine Waters or Cynthia McKinney getting the call anytime soon!

PR

August 20th, 2012
11:04 am

A purely political move to ease some of the criticism.

Jimmy Crack

August 20th, 2012
11:08 am

Good picks. Both are solid, giving citizens (one on her own merits, the other through her husband’s money volcano), and neither were hand-picked by some bleeding heart, deep-voiced man-hater.

Now, Billy, it’s time to stir the soup and take out the ladies tees in the name of fairness!

jrev

August 20th, 2012
11:08 am

@Snitzl
We on the left do not default to poutrage like some other political affiliations do.

TheDixieDove

August 20th, 2012
11:12 am

Augusta National Admits… THEY WERE WRONG!
http://thedixiedove.com/

Snitzl

August 20th, 2012
11:15 am

@jrev

Is that a fact? Martha Burke making this an issue in the first place was pure, unadulterated poutrage. Being a liberal is all about victimhood, blaming others for your own shortcomings. If you deny that, you are truly misguided.

heartofdarkness

August 20th, 2012
11:21 am

Congratulations are due to the club and to the new members.

Martha's Burka

August 20th, 2012
11:22 am

Anybody know of any other private citizens or clubs that I can try to tell what to do?

Phil

August 20th, 2012
11:22 am

So disapointed they gave into the liberal media!

Phil

August 20th, 2012
11:23 am

I think I will apply to the 100 BlackMen’s Club. Maybe the girl scouts.

Jimmy Crack

August 20th, 2012
11:24 am

“We on the left do not default to poutrage”

THAT’S ALL YOU LIARS DO!!! Victim this and victim that. “The holy manger is OFFENSIVE!” “Paul Ryan is going to throw your wheel-chaired grandma over a CLIFF!!”

Right.

If it weren’t sickening it would be hilarious what you said.

Alex

August 20th, 2012
11:27 am

I have played there a few times and all you see playing on Augusta National are women. Now they just have to pay crazy membership fees.

Bernie

August 20th, 2012
11:29 am

“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club,” Chairman Billy Payne

This is MORE Republican window dressing to try to detract from their sorry political stance and unapologetic WAR on the Women of Georgia and across this Great NATION.

This is Condi Rice’s usual JOB to be the TOKEN One, to be trotted out and be used as a “TOOL” that she is and for all of the Republicans to say ” Look over HERE, Look how inclusive we are! ” when, WE all know better!

Women of GEORGIA and America will see what this move for what it truly is….OUTRAGEOUS PANDERING!

This move will only increase the ANGER & OUTRAGE to be demonstrated at the POLLS in November.

Howard

August 20th, 2012
11:32 am

These ladies were great choices…can’t wait to see how the left-wing news and sports media (yes…sports media are about 85% lib–bank on it)react to this…they’ll go crazy because someone like Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz or Rachel Maddow wasn’t invited!!

WestSiderATL

August 20th, 2012
11:32 am

@Wow. I am so impressed

— What “right” does anyone have to join a private club?

Perspective

August 20th, 2012
11:34 am

It’s a private club and they can do as they please. The libs will hail it as a huge victory when it’s just a business decision. Payne is a big liberal so it’s no surprise. Good for these distinguised ladies! I hope they get the chance to play the course and appreciate it’s great beauty and history. This is no great surprise and just represents the change in the times. Get over it leftwingers. This isn’t the second coming. Most people really don’t care.

Harold W.

August 20th, 2012
11:37 am

@Bernie

Wow…take a deep breath!

So now that they have admitted female members they are still in the wrong?

Auntie Tomasina

August 20th, 2012
11:39 am

Token female black enters enclave of deluded snobs who believe that stupid golf matters.

Coat hangers & Sawdust

August 20th, 2012
11:40 am

Enter your comments here

Sally

August 20th, 2012
11:43 am

Congratulations to the two of them.

Took far, far, far to long.

atl-negro

August 20th, 2012
11:44 am

G.W. Bush was able to get his girlfriend into the club… she is the perfect fit for membership

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Greg

August 20th, 2012
11:46 am

Now they liberals will complain that they allowed just conservative women in.

PiersonBrave

August 20th, 2012
11:46 am

“when, WE all know better!”
So by saying ‘WE” are you referring to the mouse in your pocket or the other blind raving libs?

“This move will only increase the ANGER & OUTRAGE to be demonstrated at the POLLS in November.” Just who are you talking about here? Are you referring to the Democrats? Sure they have every right to be angry at this current administration for further enslaving them to the lines of government handouts.
But what I truly suspect you really mean is that the tax paying citizens of the United States of America are going to turn out in force to throw out the gasbags of government (be they Dem or Rep) that have done nothing to stem the downward spiral that all this “Hope and Change” has brought to our doorsteps.
Seriously you can’t be that obtuse to think that the membership of a private club has any bearing on the well being of this country, either politically or fiscally. Let alone that it will be any sort of focal point or rally cry for the Democrats this fall.

jrev

August 20th, 2012
11:48 am

@Snitzl

I am sorry your kind is so persecuted.

atl-negro

August 20th, 2012
11:48 am

@phil

We negros had to start our own clubs … remember your parents and grandparents did not like us negros. Therefore, we started our own entities. Augusta is the only tournament I want Tiger to win – just to see the staff get mad.

Greg

August 20th, 2012
11:48 am

And after that they will complain that transvestites aren’t memebers. Then they will complain that animals can’t be members.

Whatevs

August 20th, 2012
11:48 am

Who cares? ANGC is a tiny slice of nicely landscaped gardens in Disgusta. All this BS about membership to a private club and these ladies are going to pay a huge fee to be on the green once a year and then get the hell out of there??? Waste your money somewhere else!

WOW!

August 20th, 2012
11:49 am

Condoleezza Rice is a woman????

Jeff

August 20th, 2012
11:49 am

atl-n
you are a freaking idiot.

jrev

August 20th, 2012
11:53 am

also
@Snitzl

It’s a good thing that Martha Burk (not Burke) is a radical feminist and not in any way part of the Democratic party’s structure. This would be akin to linking the Klan with the GOP. Tenuous connections at best.

JB

August 20th, 2012
11:59 am

Just so you’ll know. They’ve gone from 300 Romney voters to 302 thank goodness.

Bernie

August 20th, 2012
12:07 pm

Harold W. @ 11:37 am – No HAROLD! its the TIMING!

Its the timing of this ACT, after numerous Republican Governors and State Republican Led Legislators across this NATION, including GEORGIA!
have enacted and passed the most severe LAWS regarding Women’s healthcare concerns and their personal decisions regarding their OWN BODIES against the WOMEN of AMERICA!

This MOVE is designed to prevent even further DEFECTION from The largest voting BLOC in America. This is a DYING Politcal Parties Gasp, who is OUT OF STEP with its Citizens.

There is FEAR in THE AIR!

Big C

August 20th, 2012
12:10 pm

Wow! No mention of it, and many seem to forget, that this racist club just began to admit Blacks as members in 1990.

Bernie

August 20th, 2012
12:12 pm

PiersonBrave @ 11:46 am – Jut keep thinking the WAY you are…..You will SEE with your own EYES. I suggest you HOLD ON tightly to your KNICKERS!

Close YOUR EYES, take 2 aspirin and LQQK the other WAY when the American Women perform their PROBE in NOVEMBER!

Devil's Advocate

August 20th, 2012
12:37 pm

Remember, there’s never been any conservative 1% women worthy of joining Augusta National prior to now. Not sure what Rice and Moore did the past few days to become deserving. Would love to know…lol.