Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Keep your membership policy, but host an LPGA event at your course.
That appears to be LPGA commissioner Mike Whan's stance on the controversial, men-only membership policy at Augusta National, according to a recent interview with Forbes, in which Whan said he asks the club every year to host an LPGA event.

Forbes: Should Augusta National admit female members? Whan: As the commissioner of the LPGA, I think Augusta should have a women’s tournament. I don’t care if they have female members. Forbes: Really? Whan: Well, at the end of the day I would have a difficult time explaining to my kids why dad was a member of all men’s club. [Whan is not a member at Augusta.] And I really doubt by the time my kids are my age this will even be a topic. They’ll have female members by then. It’s a private club they can do what they want. It’s worth noting that Augusta National is an incredible supporter of some of our initiatives. They write us a six-figure check every year for Girls Golf, which helps gets girls into the sport. I don’t think it’s a guilt check. Maybe it is. What’s frustrating is that the best players now on our tour can’t play there. I ask every year.

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