On a smarter planet, Augusta membership wouldn’t be an issue

For a decade now, IBM has been one of three main sponsors for broadcasts of the Masters golf tournament, which begins a week from today. IBM technology helps to run the tournament; IBM hosts a hospitality cabin near the 10th hole for its clients and guests.

Reflecting that long and close relationship, the last four IBM CEOs have been invited to become members of Augusta National, a highly sought honor. (The Washington Post puts the number at the last eight.)

Last October, however, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano announced he was stepping down and named as his replacement a 53-year-old by the name of Ginni Rometty to replace him.

That would be Ginni, as in Virginia. And as we all know, Augusta National has yet to welcome a woman to don its exalted green jacket (it welcomed its first black member in 1990).

Ten years ago, when Martha Burk tried to strong-arm the club into inviting a woman to join its exclusive membership, club leaders resisted, insisting that any changes in its membership policy would be made in its own time, without outside pressure. Rometti’s ascension to the head of IBM offers Augusta National a natural, organic opportunity to take that step, a step that it should have taken sometime in the previous century.

Conversely, refusing to take that natural step with a corporate ally as prominent as IBM, with a candidate such as Rometti who has earned the perks that traditionally come with her job, would make the absence of women all the more glaring.

– Jay Bookman

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297 more days

March 29th, 2012
4:19 pm

297 more days

March 29th, 2012
4:22 pm

It will be interesting if Ginni gets her invitation, does she play golf?

JohnnyReb

March 29th, 2012
4:22 pm

Some things are sacred that should not yield to PC. If the members want to admit a woman, fine, it’s their club. If not, everyone should leave them the hell alone. If they say no, I am sure they will be prepared should IBM withdraw their sponsorship.

JohnnyReb

March 29th, 2012
4:24 pm

BTW Jay, political pressure to overturn tradition is not a “naturual step.” The Liberal mind, what a trip.

Jay

March 29th, 2012
4:25 pm

297, she is said to play occasionally.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
4:26 pm

“Some things are sacred that should not yield to PC”

But it’s not a “PC” issue…it’s an issue of the tradition of the club. They now have 2 conficting traditions. The question is: which will they consider more important?

ByteMe - popularity goon

March 29th, 2012
4:28 pm

Another attack on conservative chauvanistic white guys, Jay? You lib! :)

Prepare the fainting couch for Doomie. I suspect he’ll be wanting to use it.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

March 29th, 2012
4:29 pm

I know golfers who would swoon just reading this….

I’d just step over them and keep going

bill arp

March 29th, 2012
4:29 pm

well said, JR. Not saying that it is right or wrong, BUT, it is their decision to make. What’s the saying, “If you mind your own business, you won’t be minding mine”?

Aquagirl

March 29th, 2012
4:31 pm

But it’s not a “PC” issue

Excluding people from a club solely due to race, gender, or whatever isn’t a PC issue, it’s a “being total a-holes” issue.

Patrick

March 29th, 2012
4:31 pm

JohnnyReb–who said anything about political pressure? Societal pressure, sure–and that is VERY natural.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
4:33 pm

“Excluding people from a club solely due to race, gender, or whatever isn’t a PC issue, it’s a “being total a-holes” issue”

Well, I wouldn’t argue that either, but it’s a private club and they are free to set their own rules.

Jay

March 29th, 2012
4:34 pm

Prepare the fainting couch for Doomie. I suspect he’ll be wanting to use it.

That assumes he ever gets off it in the first place….

Fred ™

March 29th, 2012
4:36 pm

I had heard years ago that they had offered a membership to Sandra Day O’conner when she retired. However, she has retired and is not a member…………

ty webb

March 29th, 2012
4:37 pm

Augusta National, like Bushwood, is a private club…women are allowed to play there as guests, just not as members…Don’t really care if they allow women members in the future…That place will always be the closest thing to heaven on earth.

skipper

March 29th, 2012
4:37 pm

Martha Burke set anything back so far………she made SURE that things stayed like they are. She was less the crusader and more the aggravater. People wanted to see Augusta stick to their guns just not to bow down to her and her offensive (and ugly) mug……..of course this will bring replies but she set it back…………..

ByteMe - popularity goon

March 29th, 2012
4:39 pm

People wanted to see Augusta stick to their guns just not to bow down to her and her offensive (and ugly) mug

And by “people” you mean chauvanistic white guys who think that they have to comment about whether a woman is ugly when discussing her activities… right?

Just a guess :)

Aquagirl

March 29th, 2012
4:39 pm

they are free to set their own rules.

I’m actually a Ron Paulista in terms of who you allow on your property or whatever. If you want to open a restaurant called Honky McKlansters and ban black people, have at it. Let society be the judge. Just don’t claim people are ragging you for being “non-PC.” It’s racist nutjob behavior.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
4:40 pm

“her offensive (and ugly) mug”

Hmmm….so are you saying the outcome could have been different if she’d been beautiful?

JohnnyReb

March 29th, 2012
4:40 pm

It’s not a PC issue?

Of course it is a Political Correctness issue, and unfortunately in this case it may be an economic issue.

The idea that women have a “right” to be members of Augusta National and it would be natural progression is a Liberal dream. I was glad to see them not yield last time this came up. If it was up to me, I would throw all the women out of sports teams mens locker rooms as well. There presence there is ridiculous and an embarrassment. More PC running amuck.

ty webb

March 29th, 2012
4:40 pm

Skipper,
Agreed, Burke was the “Al Sharpton” of her cause…Did more damage than good.

ByteMe - popularity goon

March 29th, 2012
4:40 pm

It’s racist nutjob behavior.

Only if you’re not allowed inside. Otherwise, it’s “protecting tradition”.

Stonethrower

March 29th, 2012
4:41 pm

They let in blacks but not women? Oh the horror!

Jay

March 29th, 2012
4:42 pm

“That place will always be the closest thing to heaven on earth.

Well, maybe. But in my own version of heaven on earth, women are allowed. In fact, they’re mandatory.

Stonethrower

March 29th, 2012
4:42 pm

@ty webb

But old Al Sharpton could become a member if invited!

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
4:43 pm

“If you want to open a restaurant called Honky McKlansters and ban black people, have at it. Let society be the judge”

Yep, me to. Put your bigotry out there for all to see and let the people vote with their feet.

ByteMe - popularity goon

March 29th, 2012
4:43 pm

But in my own version of heaven on earth, women are allowed. In fact, they’re mandatory.

And the younger ones have to wear “Daisy Dukes”? ;)

ty webb

March 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

Jay,
Good point, but I was referring to the grounds.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

“The idea that women have a “right” to be members of Augusta National and it would be natural progression is a Liberal dream”

Might want to recheck that. I’m as liberal as they come, and I don’t agree.

St Simons - we're on Island time

March 29th, 2012
4:45 pm

AQ – “it’s a “being total a-holes” issue.”

well, of course. They didn’t name their club “The Masters” because
they’re good at golf.

ty webb

March 29th, 2012
4:46 pm

“But old Al Sharpton could become a member if invited!”

I bet burke would get an invite before sharpton.

JohnnyReb

March 29th, 2012
4:47 pm

Doggone – there’s always exceptions.

skipper

March 29th, 2012
4:48 pm

@Doggone/Ga,
No, but it woulda been easier to bear since she stuck it so out front in the news. And (if you remember) she acted like a snot. She was rude, coarse and offensive, as opposed to trying for any type of honest dialogue. This, too will bring comments but it is what it is…….Augusta National didn’t miss a meal before her and won’t miss one after her……..

Wade Hampton

March 29th, 2012
4:49 pm

“Rometti’s ascension to the head of IBM offers Augusta National a natural, organic opportunity to take that step, a step that it should have taken sometime in the previous century.”
.
organic?
sheeesh.
.
Progressives are not satisfied with destroying our country, culture, and family…….they insist on destroying golf too.

josef

March 29th, 2012
4:49 pm

Aquagirl

You say you’re a Ron Paulista, then you say it’s racist nutjob…well, you should know…

Doggone

You’re right. It’s a private club and their rules. That’s the whole rationale of it being what it is…

Fred ™

March 29th, 2012
4:52 pm

I agree that they have a “right” to include or exclude anyone they want as a member. Didn’t they also exclude FDR, the most powerful man of his lifetime?

hsn

March 29th, 2012
4:53 pm

The refusal of women entry is just another extension of the Fraternety mentality that has corroded every aspect of American culture.

Look in our history and ugly discrimination is all over the place. If it is not color, it is class, if it is not gender, it is religion, and so on. Our planet is only speck in a sea of multi-million stars and planets. What are we fighting over?

Fred ™

March 29th, 2012
4:53 pm

My opinion of Augusta National is the same as my opinion of the “blog brotherhood” here on this blog.

:lol:

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
4:53 pm

“No, but it woulda been easier to bear”

And the result would have been exactly the same…so why should SHE be the “gentleman” and make it easier for them to “bear” not changing their policy?

Aquagirl

March 29th, 2012
4:54 pm

then you say it’s racist nutjob…well, you should know…

I would hope anyone could figure out a restaurant banning African-Americans and called “Honky McKlanster’s” was run by racist nutjobs.

Wade Hampton

March 29th, 2012
4:54 pm

50 Best Buys closing.
.
Stay tuned for Targets, Lowes, and Home Depots to follow suit.
.
The future is so bright…………gotta wear shades.
.
Must be that global warming.

Scott Fresno

March 29th, 2012
4:56 pm

If they want to exclude women from their club that is their right. But, if people like me want to make fun of them for it, that is our right. It reminds me of the Little Rascals’ He-Man Woman Haters Club – A bunch of 7-year old boys afraid they are going to get cooties.

josef

March 29th, 2012
4:57 pm

Byte ME

Yeah, the Imam would go for the Daisy Dukes…so long as she don’t come in in the General Lee… :-)

skipper

March 29th, 2012
4:59 pm

Hey Scott, I believe ole Doggone has some of those “cooties”!

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:01 pm

Aguagirl

Being a Paulista you ought to be an expert on racism by now, after all he’s David Duke’s choice,,,

Mid Ga Retiree

March 29th, 2012
5:02 pm

“Excluding people from a club solely due to race, gender, or whatever isn’t a PC issue, it’s a “being total a-holes” issue”

So if a white congressman applies for and is denied membership in the Congressional Black Caucus, what is that called?

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

March 29th, 2012
5:02 pm

If they want to exclude women from their club that is their right. </I.

I disagree. It should NOT be their right any more than it should be their "right" to exclude a particular race.

Scott Fresno

March 29th, 2012
5:03 pm

Circle circle.
Dot dot.
Now I got my cootie shot.

USMC

March 29th, 2012
5:05 pm

Hey Comrade Hypocrite Bookman.

There are plenty of WOMEN’S Clubs as well as HISPANIC, LATINO, AFRICAN AMERICAN, BLACK, ASIAN, etc. Clubs throughout the U.S.

I think it’s okay to have a men’s golf club and NOT be labeled a RACIST/SEXIST or whatever politically correct garbage term you try to slander people with. Get over it. :-)

TM

March 29th, 2012
5:09 pm

I would like to nominate Jay for membership in Belizean Grove. Oops Sorry he is not qualified unlike one of our Supreme Court Justices.

ByteMe - popularity goon

March 29th, 2012
5:11 pm

There are plenty of WOMEN’S Clubs as well as HISPANIC, LATINO, AFRICAN AMERICAN, BLACK, ASIAN, etc. Clubs throughout the U.S.

Really? Please list one of each of those golf clubs for us. We’ll wait.

Real Scootter

March 29th, 2012
5:11 pm

They should not have let women even vote much less be a member of a golfing club! :shock:

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:11 pm

Being a Marxist…

“I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.”

Scott Fresno

March 29th, 2012
5:12 pm

Keep Up, please note that I never said that I think they SHOULD exclude women. I think it is backwards and sexist for them to do so. But, what I think they should do is different from what I think they have a legal right to do.

Stonethrower

March 29th, 2012
5:13 pm

Folks are just mad cause Clayton Bigsby was one of the leaders of the Klan, that is until he showed them his face!

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2012
5:14 pm

That place will always be the closest thing to heaven on earth.

Maybe your version of heaven is all-male, but not mine.

In regards to membership, Augusta National is a private club, and they set their membership requirements. I wouldn’t want to attempt to join a club that did not want me in the first place. Y’all can go play golf at your all male places, but gimme co-ed golfing anyday.

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2012
5:16 pm

Doggone

Afternoon!!!! Did a drive-by earlier. Wasn’t ignoring your greeting on the previous thread.

BlahBlahBlah

March 29th, 2012
5:16 pm

Jay
March 29th, 2012
4:42 pm

“Well, maybe. But in my own version of heaven on earth, women are allowed. In fact, they’re mandatory.”

I go to the Masters every year. I see plenty of women all over the place.

Aquagirl

March 29th, 2012
5:18 pm

Being a Paulista you ought to be an expert on racism by now

I said I was a Ron Paulista *in terms of*….. I’m not 100% in favor of the government banning all types of discrimination. I’m also not 100% in favor of the government banning crack, but I’m not an expert on that either. For me, there is a distinction between what’s legally enforceable and what’s right.

But if you want to drop me in the “racist” category, I’ll greet that news with a yawn and let you have the last word. You’ve previously pronounced me as uncouth and generally icky, I seem to wad your undies for whatever reason. So I don’t take your categorizations personally.

Simple Truths

March 29th, 2012
5:18 pm

Slow news day, Jay?

Real Scootter

March 29th, 2012
5:19 pm

I’m a member of a country club,country music is what I love.

ByteMe - popularity goon

March 29th, 2012
5:20 pm

Rometti’s ascension to the head of IBM offers Augusta National a natural, organic opportunity to take that step

I don’t think they’ll do it and I don’t think she’ll overtly push it or pull IBM from sponsoring it. I think her presence will say enough about their bass-ackwards policies.

Contrarian

March 29th, 2012
5:21 pm

I have to disagree with you, Jay, for the following reason: according to the reports, Ms. Rometty is nothing more than an occasional golfer. Given what it is and what it represents to The Game, ANGC should under no circumstances have occasional golfers as its members, whether male or female. Membership should be reserve for people who know, understand and are passionate about the game, whether male or female.

ty webb

March 29th, 2012
5:23 pm

“Y’all can go play golf at your all male places, but gimme co-ed golfing anyday.”

clearly spoken by someone who enjoys 10-hour rounds of golf.

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:23 pm

Aquagirl

Oh, no you don’t…you came in here singing his praises early on and one of the reasons I laid off the blog those few days was to keep from saying what I feel like when it comes to anybody coming in here saying the first thing positive with that hate monger’s name attached…it’s that type of yeah, but that brought us a Hitler, a Mussolini, a Kertesz amd a host of others who duped the public with just the proper parsing and populist issues…

wet wiccan

March 29th, 2012
5:24 pm

Rich people and their country clubs! LOL. I had Sunday brunch once at the Piedmont Driving Club. The food was okay, but not great. They did have musicians in the corner playing balalaikas though.

Contrarian

March 29th, 2012
5:25 pm

“That assumes he ever gets off it in the first place….”

Jay – I missed that on the first go-round, but very well said.

Aquagirl – before I had 2 daughters, my opinion was that golf is the preserve of men. I have since changed my mind. However, ANGC, being a private club, should be free to admit or deny whomever it chooses. I intend to circumvent ANGC’s current policy by having one of my kids win the Masters one day!

Normal, plain and simple

March 29th, 2012
5:29 pm

Jay

March 29th, 2012
4:42 pm

“That place will always be the closest thing to heaven on earth.

Well, maybe. But in my own version of heaven on earth, women are allowed. In fact, they’re mandatory.
————————————————–

Yeah, but at Augusta, they will be allowed to be bikini caddies only…

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2012
5:30 pm

clearly spoken by someone who enjoys 10-hour rounds of golf.

Nope. Spoken by someone who enjoys the company of a lady. ;)

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:30 pm

Wiccan

Well, you already can figure what I think of the Piedmont Driving Club! Back during the flag flap I was with a set of them and they were going on and on a la the current PR image motif on the old flag…and couldn’t understand why this little Jewboy called their Carpetbagger elite asses the biggest bunch of hypocrites ever assembled under one roof…

saywhat?

March 29th, 2012
5:31 pm

josef@ 5:11, That wouldn’t make you a Marxist, it would make you Woody Allen(as you probably already know).

Contrarian

March 29th, 2012
5:32 pm

“little Jewboy” – my, my, josef, someone is stuck in the past century for sure.

Moderate Line

March 29th, 2012
5:33 pm

For the 99.9999% who can’t get into Augusta National because we are not rich or connected enough I believe the main concern is the gas price hitting $4.00 and the unemployment over 8.3%.

getalife

March 29th, 2012
5:34 pm

Slow news days means we are back and things are going well.

Good news.

Aquagirl

March 29th, 2012
5:34 pm

I intend to circumvent ANGC’s current policy by having one of my kids win the Masters one day!

What kind of father are you? I wouldn’t wish golf on my worst enemy. :)

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:36 pm

saywhat

Nope. It was Groucho.

Centanarian..

Why do you say that? That was at the time the Piedmont was still denying membership to Jews…but well, you’re right, it WAS the last Century…the last decades of the 20th, but the last Century nonetheless

:-)

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:41 pm

oops

Make that 5:36 COTRARIAN…a Freudian slip? :-)

wet wiccan

March 29th, 2012
5:41 pm

josef -

Yeah, they were a little too snobby for me. But hey, if rich people want to hang out together, I guess that’s their right. Before we moved to middle Georgia, we used to live in Forsyth County just down the road from where they held the Steeple Chase race every spring. What a show that was! Stretch limousines, tents set up with tables covered in linen, waiters in white dinner jackets with a towel over their forearms. LOL!

Mr Right

March 29th, 2012
5:44 pm

Who cares what the Masters people do, the thing that concerns me is how do we get Obama out of office so we can get back making America great again! These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to bringing America back!

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

Contrarian

March 29th, 2012
5:46 pm

Aquagirl – I like you, so I say this with due respect: clearly you are clueless when it comes to golf.

Contrarian

March 29th, 2012
5:47 pm

Mr Right – don’t worry, for President Obama will have to leave office in January 2016 (though you may be equally or more disenchanted with his Democrat successor).

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:48 pm

wiccan

That Driving Club lot are snobs for no reason…a pack of ill-bred parvenues! Now, the horsey set? They’ve got class… I remember my Granny bad mouthing an uppity wannabe..”she ca-int evuhn ride!” :-)

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2012
5:48 pm

Centanarian..

Is that something like a 100 year old centaur? :lol:

Moderate Line

March 29th, 2012
5:49 pm

“The problem with this bill is it passed essentially with a big Democratic majority and not much Republican support,” former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vermont) said on “Morning Joe” today. “So, this could’ve been fixed. It wasn’t. And it wasn’t for a variety of reasons.”

“You look at the approach that was taken to build this bill, they brought every single interest group into the White House and gave them something in return for something else. The individual mandate is what the insurance companies got and I think it was a terrible mistake. Hopefully it will not destroy — losing the individual mandate will not destroy the whole bill because the bill has got some very good stuff in it and a lot of Americans are going to be very sorry if this falls through,” the former presidential candidate said.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/03/29/howard_dean_individual_mandate_a_terrible_mistake.html

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
5:50 pm

“Did a drive-by earlier. Wasn’t ignoring your greeting on the previous thread.”

No problem…it got dead-threaded anyway!

Get Real

March 29th, 2012
5:51 pm

Burke was a complete fool, total embarassment to all women

carlosgvv

March 29th, 2012
5:52 pm

A thorough study of American history shows old rich white men are among the most reactionary people on the planet. That a club like Augusta National with this kind of membership would still not admit women is exactly what you would expect.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
5:52 pm

“Nope. It was Groucho”

Yep, it was Groucho – Beverly Hills Country Club, if I remember correctly.

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:53 pm

Brosephus

Sumpin’ like that… :-)

Aquagirl

March 29th, 2012
5:55 pm

clearly you are clueless when it comes to golf.

And proudly so. I agree with Twain or Churchill or whoever said it…sounds like a way to ruin a perfectly good walk. The golf carts look fun, though. You golfers should be grateful I’m not wheeling around the course in one of those things.

Doggone/GA

March 29th, 2012
5:56 pm

“Burke was a complete fool, total embarassment to all women”

Funny, I didn’t feel embarrased.

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2012
5:56 pm

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

However, you can legislate the poor to remain there all the while accumulating more wealth for the wealthy.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

Tell that to a hedge fund manager. I guess you also have no problem with the military and national security apparatus keeping you safe from suicide bombers.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

Wrong. You can get released from jail, thereby gaining your freedom without anything being taken from someone else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

Nope, but you damn sure can increase it by concentrating it into the hands of a few.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

Tell that crap to those people busting their ass at Walmart for minimum wage while Sam’s relatives are some of the worlds wealthiest people. It’s gotta be hard work sitting on your ass in an office all day with other people doing all the work for you.

Mr Right

March 29th, 2012
5:56 pm

Contrarian

March 29th, 2012
5:47 pm

Dream on !!

josef

March 29th, 2012
5:58 pm

Doggone

Thanks…I couldn’t recall the club…adding to it,as a joke, he sent a “letter of resignation” to the Friar’s Club, if I recall correctly…

josef

March 29th, 2012
6:00 pm

Aquagirl

Agree with you on the golf…but it does serve a purpose, it gets Unmentionable out of the house…

Contrarian

March 29th, 2012
6:01 pm

Mr. Right – Did I dream today that CNN’s latest poll has the President in a double digit lead over Etch-a-Sketch? Or did you dream that it didn’t happen?

PS: My version of reality hews closer to the truth.

Aquagirl

March 29th, 2012
6:07 pm

but it does serve a purpose, it gets Unmentionable out of the house…

You could always start screaming at the top of your lungs and throwing things. That would be cheaper, yes? :)

Erwin's cat

March 29th, 2012
6:08 pm

It’s a private club and they can do whatever they want

marty

March 29th, 2012
6:09 pm

I have a friend who worked on a BBC shoot at Augusta last month. It was a doc with Jack Nicholas. Two members of the crew were women including the director. They needed to go to the restroom and their “handler” provided by Augusta National explained that they would have to leave the premises to answer the call of nature.
Further, when my pal apologized for their inconvenience, they said don’t worry the BBC shoots all over the world and strives to accommodate local customs. To cap it off the Brits requested that my friend leave during lunch to replace his jeans with a pair of dockers as they felt that might also be an affront in the environment they in which they found themselves.
There is humor in backwardness

josef

March 29th, 2012
6:10 pm

Aquagirl

Nyanh…he’s a much better aim! :-)