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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club
at St Andrews is no longer just for
The spiritual "Home of Golf" became
the latest club to end years of male-
only exclusivity yesterday when its
members voted overwhelmingly in
favour of inviting women to join. The
vote was effective immediately.
"I can confirm that The Royal &
Ancient Golf of St Andrews is now a
mixed membership club," R&A secretary
Peter Dawson said in a brief statement
he read just outside the clubhouse at
the Old Course.
Dawson said more than three-quar-
ters of the club s 2,500 members world-
wide voted, with 85 per cent in favour.
It was the first time in the club s 260-
year history that members were allowed
to vote by proxy at the annual business
The result was far more predictable
than Scotland voting for independence
on the same day, especially when the
Royal & Ancient approved voting by
mail, and comments earlier this year
by Dawson of early indications of sup-
Even so, it was hailed as an important
step by golf organisations, public offi-
cials, sponsors and even a prominent
"I am thrilled the R&A has voted
overwhelmingly to allow female mem-
bers. This is a great day for golf and
a historic one for women in golf," Anni-
ka Sorenstam tweeted.
The members also voted to fast-track
a "significant" number of women to
join in the next few months. The R&A
did not say how many women would
be invited, though previous reports
indicated it could be as many as 15.
The club previously said the first
women members would likely have
made a "significant contribution" to
"This is a very important and positive
day in the history of the Royal and
Ancient Golf Club," Dawson said. "The
R&A has served the sport of golf well
for 260 years and I am confident that
the club will continue to do so in future
with the support of all its members,
both women and men."
Augusta National, home of the Mas-
ters, decided two years ago to invite
women to join. Unlike the R&A, Augus-
ta National did not have a written policy
that banned women. Former Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice and South
Carolina financier Darla Moore were
the first female members.
While the R&A members have access
to the clubhouse behind the first tee
at the Old Course, they belong to a
club, not a golf course. The seven golf
courses at St Andrews are open to the
"This is positive news for the sport,
and I hope we will now see other golf
clubs that still have outdated same-
sex policies follow suit," said Helen
Grant, Britain s minister for sport. "With
golf in the next Olympics there is a
huge opportunity for the sport to grow
and this sends out the right inclusive
message that golf is for everyone."
The Royal & Ancient governs golf
everywhere in the world except for the
United States and Mexico. It is separate
from "The R&A," a business arm cre-
ated ten years ago to handle the Rules
of Golf, organise the British Open, and
operate other business affairs.
But while the R&A has female
employees, the committees and board
are populated by club members, so
there had been no women in leadership
roles governing the game or running
Royal & Ancient
votes to admit
LONDON---After carefully avoid-
ing taking a side on the issue, for-
mer Wimbledon champion Andy
Murray signalled his support for
Scottish independence yesterday,
the day of the historic vote.
The Scottish player sent out a
post on Twitter just hours ahead
of the polls opening on the refer-
endum to break away from the
Murray indicated that negative
campaigning by the anti-indepen-
dence side made up his mind in
favour of secession.
He tweeted to his 2.7 million
followers: "Huge day for Scotland
today! no campaign negativity last
few days totally swayed my view
on it. excited to see the outcome.
lets do this!
The 27-year-old Murray, who
grew up in Dunblane, Scotland,
resides in England and is not eli-
gible to vote in the referendum.
But he is one of Scotland s most
high-profile global figures, and his
words got wide airing in the coun-
try.Later Thursday, Murray was
quoted as telling the Daily Mail
Web site he would continue to rep-
resent Britain in the 2015 Davis
Cup, regardless of the outcome of
the referendum. If Scotland does
vote to break away, independence
would not go into effect until
Britain was drawn yesterday to
face the United States in the first
round of next year s Davis Cup.
Led by Murray, Britain beat the
Americans 3--1 last year in the first
round in San Diego; the 2015
rematch will be in Britain from
In 2013, Murray became the first
British player in 77 years to win
the Wimbledon men s title, a vic-
tory that was celebrated with
national fervor. He also won a gold
medal for Britain at the 2012 Lon-
don Olympics, draping himself in
the Union Jack after beating Roger
Federer in the final.
"If Scotland became independ-
ent, then I imagine I would be
playing for Scotland," Murray told
reporters at the recent US Open.
However, questioned repeatedly
in recent years and months about
independence, Murray steadfastly
refused to come out for one side
or the other.
He was mindful of the reaction
he received in England when he
said---jokingly---that he would sup-
port "anyone but England" at the
2006 World Cup.
Murray signals backing
for Scottish independence
This is a Wednesday, August 1, 2007 file photo of Sweden's Annika Sorenstam
tees off from the 18th during a Pro Am event ahead of the Women's British Open
golf tournament at the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St
Andrews, Scotland. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, an all-male bastion since its
founding 260 years ago, voted yesterday whether to admit women members. For
the first time, the R&A is allowing its 2,500 worldwide members to vote by
proxy. AP PHOTO
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