I watched Billy Porter Payne's news conference earlier this afternoon and got no surprises. First, Billy is going to be autocratic and hide behind the concept of a private golf club.
The issue of the practice of the lack of women members is not going away. It makes no difference to Augusta's members that a woman now holds the position of IBM's CEO. She is not going to be admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. She will say nothing about the issue in public and if asked I am sure she can handle the question. Although, she is not a member at Augusta, she is one of the titans of American business as IBM's CEO.
One of the interesting things about Augusta is its membership. It is a private club and its membership is secret. However, one can easily guess some names. Make a list of the most powerful men in business, the law, sports, government etc. and we all know them. Pass me a Forbes magazine and I can guess them with ease. :)
When Martha Burk attempted to change the membership criteria at Augusta, the greatest revelation to me was that members' annual dues were paid by public corporations.
At Billy's presser this afternoon I could not fail to notice that a reporter with a Scottish accent asked a question about the denial of women as members. But, it was the last question that was the best whereas Billy came back at the reporter with a cute comment that he did not know the reporter's daugther. I thought to myself, how truly lucky is the reporter's daughter that she doesn't know Billy Porter Payne. Hopefully, her luck will hold true in the future too. ha ha ha :)
Nice article about how many Tiger supporters are there
Lightning at Augusta National. Clearly Mother Nature is pissed she can't get a membership here.
Currently, the golf channel is playing once again its golf classic show of Tiger's 1997 Masters win.
Don't forget to checkout Frank Nobilo's high score. lol
I've been reading.....haven't been commenting......but will say one thing: The powers to be who select the majors locations have chosen Augusta since 1934. Augusta is a private club. Their membership is by invite. The membership votes on who to accept. There is absolutely nothing any of us can do about it. When they decide to accept women as members they will. Minorities are members. But since the membership list is kept secret we'll never know how many or their ethnic or racial background. Tiger Woods is not the only minority to play in the Masters. VJ Singh is a past champion too. And when you think about it, minorities are not well represented on any of the tours.....something the PGA Tour is working on but it needs to begin at the grassroots. Golf is an expensive sport.....shoting hoops or batting balls is much cheaper!!
Perhaps the PGA, and European tours need to have a chat about the Masters, how the club's policies regarding membership do not reflect current vogue in our diverse world. Yes, it is a wonderful venue; however, there are many, many other courses that give the same challenge to the world's top players.
Quite frankly.....this gray haired, female retiree has absolutely no desire to find a member of Augusta to extend their invitation to me for membership :-))) But I'll watch the tournament and surely cheer Tiger on to the green jacket presentation!!!!
True......however, it is sanctioned by the tours as evidenced for Fed Ex Cup points as well as OWGR points. If the tours pulled those sanctions.....the Masters would become just a ho-hum nice place to play, lots of history, but players would turn their heads and play where the points are.....
Substitute the Masters with the Players :-)
Sounds like a good option! Hasn't the European Tour suggested that previously??? Golf is a global sport and would be nice to have more than the Open and WGC's played around the world. Especially as we prepare for golf in the olympics. Might be a great way to grow the game!!
If it's so private Billie.......what the h*ll were you doing sticking your nose in Tiger's private life? Jason Sobel needs to address that in one of his articles!