Former secretary of state and avid golfer Condoleezza Rice thinks golf should be more inclusive, reflecting America as it really is.
Speaking to the media prior to this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, Rice, who is also an Augusta National member, spoke about golf’s potential to empower women and minorities in business. She also talked about her affection for the traditions of the sport.
“I think golf can be one of those places where we act and we hope that people act as we would like them to act all the time,” she said. “When you’re on a golf course a couple of things are very interesting. No matter who you’re with and who you’re playing with, people want each other to do well. You can see it in a group like today. People try to be honorable. They tell the truth about their scores. They work hard at the game and it can be frustrating. But the people who are really most successful at it are the people who can sort of put that aside and move on to the next shot.
“I hope by elevating the women’s game and the way that we are we can attract more young women into the game. I would like to attract more minorities into the game. But it’s extremely important that this golf look like — that golf look like America. And this is a part of an effort of golf to look like America.”
This week Rice also talked about her reasons for wanting to participate in the Women’s Leadership Summit and her new position as the ambassador for KPMG’s Future Leaders Program. “I wish someone had put a golf club in my hands, not skates on my feet.” Rice said. “It is a really great game for business. It’s a great game for making connections. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard women say, ‘Oh, we have a corporate outing and they have golf, and I’m not able to play.’ Well, if more women can play, they can participate in those corporate outings, as well.”