Obama: It’s time for Augusta golf club to admit women members


The 9th hole on the par-3 course at the August...

The 9th hole on the par-3 course at the Augusta National Golf Club during the par-3 contest prior to the 2006 Masters Tournament. Jack Nicklaus' ball is to the left of the pin, and he had his grandson putt it (and he made it). The sequence can be seen on a video posted to youtube, Jack Nicklaus - Augusta 2006. Andy North's ball is to the right. Nicklaus, North, and Tom Watson were playing as non-competitors in the par-3 contest.
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By Alicia M. Cohn – President Obama thinks women should be allowed membership in the Georgia golf club that is hosting the Masters tournament this week, according to the White House.

“His personal opinion is women should be admitted,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a press briefing on Thursday.

The debate over the club’s exclusive membership has recurred numerous times since the club’s founding in 1933. This year, technology company IBM, one of the tournament’s corporate sponsors, appointed a woman, Virginia M. Rometty, as new chief executive. The CEOs of the tournament’s corporate sponsors have traditionally been offered a complimentary membership in the club, but Rometty has not yet been offered one.

“We’ve kind of passed the time that women should be excluded from anything,” Carney said. more> http://is.gd/icggT8

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