The Scottish Referendum was not the only important vote taking place on Thursday! After 260 years the R&A voted overwhelmingly to allow women membership. Sue Todd, our County Captain, was invited to comment on BBC Sussex Breakfast radio yesterday morning, where she told listeners it was time for a shake up in golf….
We did have the link to the BBC iplayer, but sorry, the show is no longer available.
Statement from Peter Dawson, Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
‘I am very pleased indeed to announce that the membership of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has voted overwhelmingly in favour of welcoming women members.
More than three quarters of the club’s global membership took part in the ballot, with a decisive 85% voting for women to become members.
This vote has immediate effect and I can confirm that The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is now a mixed membership club. The membership has also acted to fast-track a significant initial number of women to become members in the coming months.
This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men.’