Truth & Rumors: UK sports minister joins call for R&A to admit women

Thursday November 15th, 2012

Just days after the outgoing chairman of the British Olympic Association speaks out, UK Sports minister Hugh Robertson agrees that the time has come for R&A to admit women members, according to a Golf 365 report.

"The defence of the Royal and Ancient is that it is a private club and so has the right to do what it wants.
"That is legally correct and I have no quarrel when it is acting as a private club. However, I believe that when a private club fulfils a public function, such as staging a major event, then there is a different slant."
Following the admission of two female members to Augusta National, the R&A has taken heat for its male-only membership. According to the report, they have not issued a statement in response to either the sports minister's or the Olympic Chairman's comments.
The R&A, founded in 1754, acts as the governing body of golf outside the U.S. and Mexico and has never had a female member. Admission to the 2,400 member club is by invitation only. According to a report by Golf Today, prior to receiving an invitation, a member must propose your admission, be seconded by another member, and then supported by an additional 20.

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