It’s 2012. Women have fought for, and gained many rights here in the US. I’m all about gender and race equality. My full time job is in a man’s world — the fire service. I’m a member of the Louisiana State Firemen’s Association. That’s right. FireMEN. Years ago I petitioned for a name change to reflect the membership, hoping it would be the Louisiana State Firefighter’s Association. But that particular topic was shot down is for discussion another day.
Today I want to express why I, as a woman, think it’s quite alright for Augusta National Golf Course to stay quiet on the topic of not allowing women members into their PRIVATE organization.
First off, this is the week of The Masters, when all attention should be focused on the players and the tournament itself. Instead, the news media decides to grab ahold of the fact that IBM (a sponsor) now has a female CEO and that the past CEO’s of this company have been invited to be members of this exclusive club.
So let’s look at a few things. First, does this female CEO even like to play golf? I read somewhere that she’s really into scuba diving and rarely picks up a golf club. Second, what time of year does Augusta hold membership meetings to discuss situations like this? It probably isn’t the week of The Masters. Third, Augusta is a private organization. PRIVATE. That means they can allow who they want or don’t want in their club.
If I had a private wine club for women only and the members paid for that privacy, then as American citizens, it would be our right to only allow who we wanted, when we wanted into our club. Sure, men drink wine also, but it would be our club. Kind of like owning a house all together. Would you let someone into your house you didn’t really want to hang out with?
I’m just trying to be objective. I realize it all seems so 1950’s and if truth be known, that’s kind of the charm that makes Augusta what it is, along with those $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches. It is a private club and as such, should be given that respect.
So let’s get back to what Augusta National is really all about — The Masters. I’m tuning back in to the Golf Channel now so I can catch my crush David Feherty make funny comments about the players and maybe I’ll catch Bubba Watson actually crack a grin or Tiger kick another club across the fairway.
That being said, would I love to be a member of Augusta National Golf Club? Heck yes!
FYI: Here are some things you may not know about The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.