Payne: Augusta National doesn't discuss membership issues

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 7:32 PM
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Masters Tournament and Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne declined to answer questions about female members joining the all-male club at his annual news conference Wednesday.

“That’s a membership issue,” he said to one of the ques­tions. “We don’t talk about private deliberations.”

Reports surfaced last week about IBM CEO Vir­ginia Rometty possibly joining the club. Payne said it’s club policy not to discuss specifically named candidates for membership.

Payne discussed Augusta National’s efforts in growing the game through the Masters Junior Pass Program and the allowance of the Masters video game, which is now in its second year. Payne said the club is doing everything it can to reverse a slide in golf participation.

“Golf is too precious to sit on the sidelines,” he said, “and watch decreasing participation.”

With an overnight storm dropping 1.4 inches of rain, Payne talked about this week’s tournament and the possible challenge bad weather will present Thursday. He said Masters officials are unsure whether they will enact a lift, clean and place policy.

“We surely will not want to have to do that,” he said. “That’s a decision we will have to make.”

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double_standard
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double_standard 04/04/12 - 07:37 pm
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Stop forcing this issue the

Stop forcing this issue the National is a private club privaledged to do what it pleases.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 04/04/12 - 09:24 pm
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They're just not into women.

They're just not into women.

For a long time, guys like that had to live their lives in secret. Let them show pride in their lifestyle.

csrareader
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csrareader 04/04/12 - 09:40 pm
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Reporter asked, he answered.

Reporter asked, he answered. Now, let's start the golf tournament. Membership issues are not any business of the reporter, and most certainly not any business of golf fans. We simply want to see the world's best golfers compete on the grounds of ANGC.

allhans
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allhans 04/04/12 - 09:50 pm
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Virginia Romety is an

Virginia Romety is an attractive woman and would make a fine addition to the Augusta National. But...
Does the fact that she is a CEO for a sponsor have any bearing on membership? Does all sponsors become members?
If not then, the matter should be clear. They can include her or not. Their decision.

jross1981
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jross1981 04/04/12 - 10:25 pm
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Billy Payne cannot gain

Billy Payne cannot gain membership to a Curves Gym.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/04/12 - 10:39 pm
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What ticks me off is Payne

What ticks me off is Payne criticized Tiger about his marital fidelity, yet, Watson was given a pass and honored last night by the Mayor.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 04/04/12 - 11:11 pm
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Amen double_standard!!!
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Amen double_standard!!! Something we can agree on!!! ^5

JRC2024
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JRC2024 04/04/12 - 11:17 pm
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Let the Augusta National run

Let the Augusta National run their club like they want too. It is private you know and has every right to be. The reporter has no business trying to pry information out of Mr. Payne. Why doesn't he ask why the Junior League or Colonial Dames does not have male members. All are private organizations and membership is up to them. Private means private.

scott-hudson
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scott-hudson 04/05/12 - 12:22 am
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I want to join the girl

I want to join the girl scouts....doesn't matter that I am not a girl, i like to be a scout, and dangit I want to sell cookies! Look for my application to be filed...

Eleanor60
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Eleanor60 04/05/12 - 12:46 am
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Mr. Payne, the Augusta

Mr. Payne, the Augusta National's Chairman, has proven that he is willing to change even some of the club's long-time traditions. He asked some of the former champions not to play after they had gotten too old to be competitive, and he is the person who changed the rule that winning a PGA tour event automatically gets a player invited to play the Masters. And there is no doubt that Virginia Rometty would be a very well qualified candidate for membership.
But Martha Burk sure needs to keep her mouth shut about it. She has made it appear that…if the Augusta National does invite Ms. Rometty to join…then she (Burk) will claim that she somehow “won the battle”. And that’s absolutely the worst thing that could have been done. No organization wants to be seen as having been FORCED to do something, whether it’s true or not. I wonder whether Ms. Burk really wants to see a female member, or if she’s more interested in having the cause.

And just to set the record straight: A large number of the groups that made up the National Council of Women’s Organizations…that Ms. Burk was Chairwoman of a few years ago when she led her protest…do not allow men to join. I guess some discriminatory practices are a little “more equal” than others. And that “righteous indignation” sure goes in only one direction sometimes.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 04/05/12 - 01:23 am
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scott-hudson, they are
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scott-hudson, they are already allowing that. Makes me sick. I will never allow my child in their group nor will I ever buy any cookies from them again!!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/05/12 - 08:02 am
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Mr Payne is a gentleman & a

Mr Payne is a gentleman & a very wise man.....more than likely this will be a moot point by the end of this year...I hope so.:)

allhans
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allhans 04/05/12 - 08:38 am
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Has Rometty applied for

Has Rometty applied for membership? Does anyone know?
Is this just another attempt by the MSM to make Augusta look bad (and we, as good little followers, take the bait)?

burninater
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burninater 04/05/12 - 09:11 am
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allhans, in answer to your

allhans, in answer to your question: it is in fact the tradition that the CEOs of the three sponsor corporations of the Masters are made honorary members of Augusta National. Rometty's male predecessors at the helm of IBM were all granted membership when IBM was one of the sponsors. That's the specific reason why this issue is of special interest this year.

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justthefacts 04/05/12 - 08:59 am
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You don't apply for

You don't apply for membership to the Augusta National. You are sponsored by another member and then voted on. There is a chance that Ms. Rometty does not want to be a member. I wouldn't think it would be much fun, especially, if she doesn't play.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/05/12 - 09:10 am
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JTF, I would think she would

JTF, I would think she would feel very awkward there as a lone token woman; especially since she is not a golfer.
However, as long as the PC police keep stirring the pot, the ANGC will thumb their noses at them.

Burn: it is a current issue that a reporter can ask a valid question about; but once BP said he would not comment on it, that should have been the end of instead of the questions getting re-asked numerous times with different angles. That is just disrespectful. I hope they ban those jerks from future press conferences.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 04/05/12 - 09:12 am
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Fraternities/sororities why

Fraternities/sororities why does anyone care?

But I must say...asking the same question 11 times in 10 minutes...yeah, that'll do the trick.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/05/12 - 09:20 am
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SeenitB4, this will not be an

SeenitB4, this will not be an issue by Monday.

Read this online yesterday so I can't take credit.

Golf = Guys Only, Ladies Forbidden

my wife laughed so I figure it's not too offensive.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/05/12 - 11:55 am
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You guys don't get it do

You guys don't get it do ya....pretty soon the females will run all businesses......all yall will have to do is make babies & play golf.....& yall still wanta fuss.....give me a break!!lol lol

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/05/12 - 08:33 pm
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After Obama and Romney both

After Obama and Romney both take their foot out of their mouths on this, they need to answer why it is that no non-blacks are able to gain admittance to the Congressional Black Caucus? Their preference is that all members are BLACK...so, by definition, their exclusionary choice makes them a club...a club that is, btw, supported by public funds. The Augusta National is a PRIVATE club, does not accept public funds for donations, and can limit their membership however they choose. I personally think that one day they will invite a female member, but it's in their own time and situation. Who knows? They may have already invited a female in the past.

strib1
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strib1 04/07/12 - 08:16 am
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they pay their own way so its

they pay their own way so its nobodys concern.... mrs burk is a trouble maker i think.... no private clubs anywhere ,,, ? bho and rommney have better things to do i would think.... vote for me there motto ..... why?

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