Let club decide membership

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The ongoing controversy over the non-admission of lady members by the Augusta National Golf Club is yet another sign of political correctness running wild.

A club, by definition, is a group of like-minded individuals who get together to pursue a common aim or interest. It is, therefore, logical to conclude that, if they put together the ideas and the funds to provide the facilities the club offers, then they have an absolute right to determine the criteria under which other members are admitted. If they want lady members, then all well and good, but if they don’t, then it is nobody’s business but their own.

The argument that, by refusing to have lady members, the club is deterring young people from playing golf is plainly quite ludicrous, as there are plenty of other clubs around who welcome any new members of either sex with open arms, and many who provide tremendous encouragement to juniors.

Nobody has a God-given right to join a club just because they want to. It is up to the existing membership to decide whether they are acceptable. If an all-female, -Jewish or -Muslim organization were to reject membership applications from men or followers of other faiths, would they be subjected to the same kind of opprobrium now being heaped on Augusta? I suspect not.

Also, if the new CEO of IBM, who seems to be at the center of the current furor, is only a very occasional golfer, why on Earth would she wish to join a club where her presence would clearly be unwelcome, unless it is just to make a point? Surely, this would be unworthy of her?

I sincerely hope that, unless their members vote overwhelmingly to admit ladies, the Augusta committee will stand firm on this issue and treat journalists and others who raise the matter with the disdain they deserve.

Chris Rowe

Liphook, Hampshire

United Kingdom

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specsta
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specsta 04/11/12 - 01:26 am
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In the grand scheme of

In the grand scheme of things, the Augusta National (and the old geezers that call themselves members) is so insignificant that it hardly bears discussion. For God's sake, it is a golf course, comprised of ...grass. And the members are so removed from the actual reality of life that they don't have a clue as to what is going on in the world, not realizing we have moved beyond the 1950's.

The Augusta National Golf Club will never produce a cure for cancer, end wars, explore the depths of the ocean or alleviate world hunger. It is an escape garden for the wealthy and privileged. How about we give it the respect it is due - the respect that should be shown for a big lawn that old dudes knock a little white ball around on...

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omnomnom 04/11/12 - 03:37 am
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specsta, so the national is

specsta, so the national is like a "bridge club" for men? also, was my question sexist?

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Bizkit 04/11/12 - 08:48 am
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I guess next we should expect

I guess next we should expect male Playboy Bunnies. How sweet!

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crkgrdn 04/11/12 - 09:50 am
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We know that Bill Gates is a

We know that Bill Gates is a member and there are countless others who make the stuff that we like to have who are also members. How do you know that a member of the club is not closing in on a cancer cure. Computers and their programs play an important role in medical research.

Spare us from these Luddites.

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Bizkit 04/11/12 - 09:54 am
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Isn't Miss America on the

Isn't Miss America on the verge of a cancer cure? Oh no I forgot-world peace :)

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 04/11/12 - 10:22 am
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AHH..looks like some wealth
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AHH..looks like some wealth envy poking up in here...lol have any of you fine citizens discovered the cure for cancer yet..ended a war or ended world hunger?...................yep I thought so................or for goodness sakes even swam in an ocean?....what a hoot!

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Jane18 04/11/12 - 10:38 am
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I'm for the boys! It is their

I'm for the boys! It is their club, leave the alone. I, as a woman, am sick and tired of all the testicle-busting women trying to get in and take over EVERYTHING!!

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Just My Opinion 04/11/12 - 06:06 pm
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spectsa, I do understand

spectsa, I do understand where you are coming from, but I have to disagree that these "old dudes" are doing nothing but dawdling around in their big "lawn" and talking to each other about how rich and disconnected they are. They are constantly raising money for needy programs in the CSRA. The recent video games based on the Augusta National and the Masters have made MILLIONS of dollars, and ALL of it...all, not a small portion after they each get their "cut"...all of it goes to charity! To say that that is notable and worthy is an understatement, wouldn't you say? I do agree that they should just leave them alone and let them continue to do the greater good for our community. They will invite a woman when they want. I admire them for not buckling under the pressure of society, and I hope they continue. Look, why aren't you as worried about the Congressional Black Caucus not allowing non-blacks as members? No, this isn't a race thing, this is just an example of perceived exclusion that has gone on for years and not challenged. At least the Augusta National's "club" doesn't have any monetary ties to our government and taxes...not like the CBC does.

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Pu239 04/11/12 - 09:04 pm
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Bizkit...regarding your
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Bizkit...regarding your 0954...isn't that whirled peas?

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debbiep38 04/11/12 - 09:35 pm
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Poor Specsta, did those mean
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Poor Specsta, did those mean old Republicans deny your membership?

debbiep38
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debbiep38 04/11/12 - 09:39 pm
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Specsta, maybe you should up
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Specsta, maybe you should up your fairway cred.

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