LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan’s annual effort to convince Augusta National Golf Club to host an LPGA event has been shut down once again. Though this time, the denial was public and seemingly permanent.
In his yearly press conference the Wednesday before the Masters, Augusta National chairman Billy Payne responded negatively to questions of whether the club would consider hosting a women’s event. “I don’t think so,” said Payne. “We have a very short member season at Augusta National. It’s seven months only. The time we dedicate to the preparation and conduct of the tournament is already extensive. I don’t think that we would ever host another tournament.”
Considering the recent strides ANGC has made to grow the game (example: Drive, Chip & Putt), a women’s event seems like the next possible step. But, apparently the club’s seven-month member season is already too short. And let’s not forget, only three of those members are women. Before 2012, there were zero.